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IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – For the seventh consecutive year, the Dallas Cowboys sit atop Forbes’ list of the ‘Most Valuable NFL Teams’.
The study values the Cowboys at $2.3 billion, up from $2.1 billion in 2012. The Cowboys are among five teams that posted double-digit revenue gains over the past year.
Forbes cites the Cowboys recent 25-year stadium naming rights deal with AT&T, which is estimated at $500 million.
The New England Patriots ($1.8 billion), Washington Redskins ($1.7 billion), New York Giants ($1.55 billion), and Houston Texans ($1.45 billion) round out the top five.
With an $825 million valuation, the Oakland Raiders bring up the rear.
In all, the NFL’s 32 teams are worth, on average, $1.17 billion, 5 percent more than a year ago.
In comparison, the world’s top 20 soccer teams have a mean value of $968 million. The NFL average also tops that of other professional leagues in the U.S.: MLB ($744 million), NBA ($509 million, and the NHL ($282 million).
(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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