Manchester United of the English Premier League is the most valuable franchise in sports, valued by Forbes at $2.23 billion. Malcom Glazer who also owns the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers (#29 on the list valued at $981 million), also holds controlling stakes in The Red Devils.
The top 10 list contains four European soccer teams, four NFL teams, and two MLB teams.
2012 Top 10 Most Valuable Sports Franchises
#1) Manchester United - $2.23 Billion
#2) Real Madrid - $1.88 Billion
#3) New York Yankees - $1.85 Billion
#3) Dallas Cowboys - $1.85 Billion
#5) Washington Redskins - $1.56 Billion
#6) Los Angeles Dodgers - $1.4 Billion
#6) New England Patriots - $1.4 Billion
#8) Barcelona - $1.31 Billion
#9) New York Giants - $1.31 Billion
#10) Arsenal - $1.29 Billion
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