Home » REVEALED: Three NBA clubs rank among the world’s four most valuable sports teams with the struggling Chicago Bears ahead of Manchester United – and the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs in 33rd… so who sits at No. 1?

REVEALED: Three NBA clubs rank among the world’s four most valuable sports teams with the struggling Chicago Bears ahead of Manchester United – and the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs in 33rd… so who sits at No. 1?

  • NBA’s Warriors, Knicks and Lakers ranked second, third, and fourth, respectively
  • No soccer clubs ranked among the top-10 most valuable sports franchises
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Sportico’s annual list of the sports world’s most valuable teams offered a range of surprises, from the NFL’s lowly Chicago Bears ranking 12, to the Super Bowl-champion Kansas City Chiefs mired all the way down at 33.

Less surprising: The Dallas Cowboys are still the most valuable team in sports. 

The franchise Jerry Jones bought for $140 million in 1989 now regularly ranks atop both Sportico and Forbes’ annual valuations. And although Sportico did not include specific estimates with the top-100 list released Tuesday, the sports business website previously valued the Cowboys at $9.2 billion as recently as August.

More recently, Forbes estimated that the Cowboys enjoyed an 80-percent increase in value over the last five years thanks to a media deal that could value $126 billion by 2033 and the fact that Jones owns the club’s 80,000-seat cash cow, AT&T Stadium.

As for non-NFL teams, the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers ranked second, third and fourth, respectively, while Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees came in fifth on the heels of their acquisition of Juan Soto. Curiously, the Premier League couldn’t crack the top 10. And outside of Manchester United (13), the only three other soccer teams in the top 30 were Spain’s Real Madrid (19) and Barcelona (23) as well as Liverpool (29).

The Dallas Cowboys continue to rank among the most valuable franchises in sports 

Patrick Mahomes (left) and Travis Kelce play in a successful team, but in a very old stadium

Patrick Mahomes (left) and Travis Kelce play in a successful team, but in a very old stadium 

Rasmus Hojlund of Manchester United is seen celebrating a December goal with Jonny Evans

Rasmus Hojlund of Manchester United is seen celebrating a December goal with Jonny Evans

Juan Soto will make $31 million in his first season in New York, but is expected to sign for more

Juan Soto will make $31 million in his first season in New York, but is expected to sign for more

The most striking trend on the list has little to do with team success, but a team’s ability to profit off a modern stadium or arena. That’s likely why the Chiefs – and 52-year-old Arrowhead Stadium – were outranked by the rival Las Vegas Raiders (15), who benefit from four-year-old Allegiant Stadium, home of Super Bowl LVIII. (Kansas City currently hopes to renovate Arrowhead to increase revenue generated by the stadium) 

Formula One teams did crack the top-100, including Ferrari (71) and Mercedes (81), while Red Bull came in at 88.

Other soccer teams on the top-100 include Bayern Munich (34), Manchester City (35), Arsenal (57), Paris SG (60), Tottenham (70) and Juventus (98).

No MLS teams cracked Sportico’s top-100 list, and only a handful of NHL clubs qualified: Toronto Maple Leafs (82), New York Rangers (85), Chicago Blackhawks (94), Boston Bruins (97) and Philadelphia Flyers (100).

Sportico released its top-100 list of the most valuable sports franchises on social media

Sportico released its top-100 list of the most valuable sports franchises on social media 

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones bought the team for $140 million in 1989. Now it's worth $9 billion

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones bought the team for $140 million in 1989. Now it’s worth $9 billion

eBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on February 9

Future Hall of Famer Stephen Curry has won four rings with the Golden State Warriors

Both LeBron James’ Lakers and Stephen Curry’s Warriors rank among the top-10 on the list 

Another curious trend revealed in the Sportico rankings is that winning a title doesn’t necessarily enable a team to soar up the list.

The defending-champion Chiefs (33), Denver Nuggets (61), Texas Rangers (92) and Vegas Golden Knights (unranked) are all outside the top 30.

Meanwhile, the 4-13 Washington Commanders (11) continued to rank among the world’s most valuable teams, as did the 6-11 New York Giants (5) and the 4-13 New England Patriots (8). 

In fact, 12 of the top 20 teams play in the NFL, which is coming off its most-watched Super Bowl ever at 123.7 million viewers.