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Forbes: Chiefs are 43rd most valuable sports franchise in the world

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston sacked Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer during a playoff game earlier this year. The Chiefs’ value increased 39 percent from a year ago, according to Forbes.
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston sacked Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer during a playoff game earlier this year. The Chiefs’ value increased 39 percent from a year ago, according to Forbes. deulitt@kcstar.com

Next time you’re at Arrowhead Stadium for a Chiefs game, you’ll be watching one of the world’s wealthiest teams take the field.

Forbes on Tuesday released its list of the top 50 most valuable sports teams in the world. The top five reads like a list of biggest sports villains: No. 1 Dallas Cowboys (worth $4 billion); No. 2 Real Madrid ($3.65 billion); No. 3 FC Barcelona ($3.55 billion); No. 4 New York Yankees ($3.4 billion); No. 5 Manchester United ($3.32 billion).

All are teams with a championship pedigree and a fanbase that is annoying. Ditto for No. 6: the New England Patriots ($3.2 billion).

The Chiefs checked in at No. 43 with a valuation at $1.53 billion, according to Forbes, which said that was an increase of 39 percent over a year ago.

Is there any doubt the NFL is king? The list includes 27 NFL teams, and the Cowboys are the first to reach the $4 billion valuation.

Here are the top 20 teams (the rest are here):

1. Dallas Cowboys: $4 billion value (25 percent increase over 2015)

2. Real Madrid: $3.65 billion (12 percent)

3. FC Barcelona: $3.55 billion (12 percent)

4. New York Yankees: $3.4 billion (6 percent)

5. Manchester United: $3.32 billion (7 percent)

6. New England Patriots: $3.2 billion (23 percent)

7. New York Knicks: $3 billion (20 percent)

8. Washington NFL: $2.85 billion (19 percent)

9. New York Giants: $2.8 billion (33 percent)

10. Los Angeles Lakers: $2.7 billion (4 percent)

10. San Francisco 49ers: $2.7 billion (69 percent)

12. Bayern Munich: $2.68 billion (14 percent)

13. New York Jets: $2.6 billion (44 percent)

14. Los Angeles Dodgers: $2.5 billion (4 percent)

14. Houston Texans: $2.5 billion (35 percent)

16. Chicago Bears: $2.45 billion (44 percent)

17. Philadelphia Eagles: $2.4 billion (37 percent)

18. Boston Red Sox: $2.3 billion (10 percent)

18. Chicago Bulls: $2.3 billion (15 percent)

20. San Francisco Giants: $2.25 billion (12 percent)

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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