Dallas Cowboys most valuable NFL franchise at $3.2 billion

Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys talks in the huddle against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half...

Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys talks in the huddle against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half of the preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP)

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The Dallas Cowboys lead the Forbes NFL Team Values list for the eighth consecutive season, rising in value by 39 percent to $3.2 billion.

The Cowboys were valued at $2.3 billion last year, so owner Jerry Jones is now $900 million richer -- on paper, at least -- in the financial magazine's annual rankings released Wednesday.

The Cowboys are second in value only to Real Madrid ($3.4 billion) among all global sports franchises, according to Forbes.

The Cowboys also have the NFL's highest revenue ($560 million) and operating income ($246 million).

The New England Patriots ($2.6 billion), the Washington Redskins ($2.4 billion), the New York Giants ($2.1 billion) and the Houston Texans ($1.85 billion) round out the top five.

Other teams in the top 10 include the New York Jets ($1.8 billion), Philadelphia Eagles ($1.75 billion), Chicago Bears ($1.7 billion), San Francisco 49ers ($1.6 billion) and the Baltimore Ravens ($1.5 billion).

The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks rose to $1.33 billion, which ranked 15th. The Denver Broncos ($1.45 billion) are ranked 11th.

According to Forbes, the average NFL franchise is now worth an all-time high of $1.43 billion, which is 23 percent more than a year ago and is the biggest year-over-year increase since 1999.

Only seven NFL teams are worth less than $1 billion: the San Diego Chargers ($995 million), Cincinnati Bengals ($990 million), Oakland Raiders ($970 million), Jacksonville Jaguars ($965 million), Detroit Lions ($960 million), Buffalo Bills ($935 million) and the St. Louis Rams ($930 million).


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