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Kansas City Chiefs are 33rd most valuable team in the world on Forbes list

07/17/2014 2:24 PM

07/17/2014 2:24 PM

Forbes released its list of the top 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world, and the Chiefs checked in at No. 33.

Forbes had the Chiefs franchise, which is owned by the Hunt family, valued at $1.009 billion.

All but two NFL teams made the top 50 list. The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Oakland Raiders weren’t on the list. The omission of the Raiders is likely to make Chiefs fans happy.

As strong as the NFL’s showing was, the biggest money was in fútbol.

Forbes wrote: “As expensive as prime U.S. sports properties have become, they can’t match the top European soccer clubs when it comes to value and global reach. The three most valuable sports teams in the world play the non-American brand of football. Spain’s Real Madrid, worth $3.44 billion, leads the way for the second straight year, a notch ahead of fellow Spanish soccer power, Barcelona, which is worth $3.2 billion. Manchester United rounds out the top three with a value of $2.81 billion.”

The Dallas Cowboys are the NFL’s most valuable (No. 5 at $2.3 billion), while the Yankees (No. 4 at $2.5 billion) are baseball’s richest franchise. At $1.4 billion, New York Knicks are the most valuable NBA team at No. 13, while the NHL’s top team is the Toronto Maple Leafs ($1.15 billion) at No. 26.

Here is the entire list:

1. Real Madrid (soccer): $3.44 billion

2. Barcelona (soccer): $3.2 billion

3. Manchester United (soccer): $2.81 billion

4. New York Yankees: $2.5 billion

5. Dallas Cowboys: $2.3 billion

6. Los Angeles Dodgers: $2 billion

7. Bayern Munich (soccer): $1.85 billion

8. New England Patriots: $1.8 billion

9. Washington (NFL): $1.7 billion

10. New York Giants: $1.55 billion

11. Boston Red Sox: $1.5 billion

12. Houston Texans: $1.45 billion

13. New York Knicks: $1.4 billion

14. New York Jets: $1.38 billion

15. Los Angeles Lakers: $1.35 billion

16. Arsenal (soccer): $1.331 billion

17. Philadelphia Eagles: 1.314 billion

18. Chicago Bears: $1.252 billion

19. Baltimore Ravens: $1.227 billion

20. San Francisco 49ers: $1.224 billion

21. Chicago Cubs: $1.2 billion

21. Ferrari (auto racing): $1.2 billion

21. Indianapolis Colts: $1.2 billion

24. Green Bay Packers: $1.183 billion

25. Denver Broncos: $1.161 billion

26. Toronto Maple Leafs: $1.15 billion

27. Pittsburgh Steelers: $1.118 billion

28. Seattle Seahawks: $1.081 billion

29. Miami Dolphins: $1.074 billion

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $1.067 billion

31. Carolina Panthers: $1.057 billion

32. Tennessee Titans: $1.055 billion

33. Chiefs: $1.009 billion

34. Minnesota Vikings: $1.007 billion

35. Cleveland Browns: $1.005 billion

36. New Orleans Saints: $1.004 billion

37. Chicago Bulls: $1 billion

37. San Francisco Giants: $1 billion

39. Philadelphia Phillies: $975 million

40. Arizona Cardinals: $961 million

41. San Diego Chargers: $949 million

42. Atlanta Falcons: $933 million

43. Cincinnati Bengals: $924 million

44. Detroit Lions: $900 million

45. Boston Celtics: $875 million

45. St. Louis Rams: $875 million

47. Buffalo Bills: $870 million

48. Chelsea (soccer): $867 million

49. Manchester City (soccer): $863 million

50. AC Milan (soccer): $856 million

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