Cowboys fifth on world’s most valuable teams list

According to Forbes magazine rankings that were published Monday, the Cowboys are the only NFL franchise valued over $2 billion. Dallas’ $2.1 billion total was good enough for fifth place on the list of the world’s most valuable teams, trailing only Real Madrid ($3.3 billion), Manchester United ($3.1 billion) Barcelona ($2.6 billion) and the New York Yankees ($2.3 billion).

The New England Patriots ($1.63 billion), Washington Redskins ($1.6 billion) and New York Giants ($1.468 billion) were the other NFL teams to crack the top 10. The Houston Texans rounded out the NFL’s top five, coming in at No. 13 at $1.3 billion.

The article stated that the Cowboys have been the NFL’s most valuable team since 2007 due to the league’s highest sponsorship and premium seating revenues, which total a combined $200 million.

Although the Cowboys have increased in value, their ranking has slipped the last two years. In 2011, Forbes ranked the Cowboys second only to Manchester United at $1.81 billion. In 2012, Dallas was tied with the Yankees for third at $1.85 billion.