Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list.
NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their value one year prior. In fact, 29 of the NFL’s 32 teams made the list with the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions being the only omissions.
The Cleveland Browns, despite consistent on-field struggles, were the 50th-ranked team with a valuation of $1.95 billion—that’s $200 million more than the 50th-ranked team last year. By comparison, the New York Rangers were listed by Forbes in December as the NHL’s richest franchise with an estimated value of $1.5 billion.
The Rangers were one of four NHL teams with a valuation of at least $1 billion. Original Six franchises Toronto Maple Leafs ($1.4 billion), Montreal Canadiens ($1.25 billion) and Chicago Blackhawks ($1 billion) were the others.
Behind the Cowboys were soccer clubs Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the New York Yankees rounded out the top five. Those five teams were in a class by themselves as the only teams with a price tag of $4 billion or greater.