Forbes magazine is bullish on the Minnesota Vikings and the rest of the NFL.
The financial magazine’s latest listing of the 50 most valuable franchises in all of sports features no fewer than 20 National Football League teams.
The Heat were ranked 47th by Forbes at $1.18 billion. Rounding out the top 10 are the Cowboys, New York Yankees ($3.2 billion), Barcelona ($3.16 billion), Manchester United ($3.1 billion), Los Angeles Lakers ($2.6 billion), Patriots, New York Knicks ($2.5 billion), Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.4 billion) and the Redskins.
In October, the National Basteball Association signed a $2.66 billion-per-year pact with ESPN and TNT.
Football only had the fourth highest number of teams on the list compared to other sports, with the NFL making up a full two fifths of the teams. “The minimum valuation to make the cut is .15 billion, versus $856 million a year ago, thanks largely to the soaring worth of National Basteball Association and Major League Baseball teams”. The English Premier League joined the party in February with a $2.7 billion-a-year pact with Sky, which kicks off in 2016 and represents a 70% bump on the current deal.
The Spanish football powerhouse lead the Forbes list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises for the third consecutive year, although Forbes pegs their value at $3.26 billion, down slightly from last year. National Basteball Association teams also made big gains.