Cowboys Ranked As Most Valuable NFL Team

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The Dallas Cowboys is the most valuable franchise in the NFL for the ninth consecutive year, but the most valuable franchise in the world for the first time since 2007.

Forbes estimates that the Texas team is worth $4 billion.

Owner Jerry Jones bought the team in February 1989 $140 million. Factoring for inflation, the value of the Cowboys has jumped 1,382 percent based on Forbes' new valuation.

Rounding out the top five most valuable NFL teams are the New England Patriots ($3.2 billion), Washington Redskins ($2.85 billion), New York Giants ($2.8 billion) and San Francisco 49ers ($2.7 billion).

According to Forbes, the average NFL franchise is now worth $2 billion, a 38 percent increase from 2014, due in part to a $39 million increase in national television rights fees shared among all teams.

Worldwide, the Cowboys is now the most valuable sports team by passing Real Madrid ($3.26 billion). The Patriots and New York Yankees ($3.2 billion) are tied for third, with FC Barcelona rounding out the top five at $3.16 billion