SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Forbes is out with its list of “The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Franchises,” including such perennial NFL bottom-dwellers as the Browns, Vikings, Dolphins and Bills. Heck, pretty much every team in the league made the list, but not the Raiders.
In all 30 of the 50 spots on the list were NFL teams, with just the attendance challenged Jaguars and Raiders missing the list. Unlike the Jags, the Raiders were actually on the list last year, when they held the last spot at a valuation of $785 million. The last team on the list this year was Italian soccer powerhouse AC Milan, whith a value of $856 million.
The crossbay 49ers were among the most valuable NFL teams, with a valuation of $1.224 billion.
Other spots on the top 50 were dominated European professional soccer teams. Several of the highest profile MLB, NBA and NHL teams were sprinkled in there, but the A’s, Warriors and Sharks did not crack rankings. The Giants were the #37th most valuable franchise at an even $1 billion dollars.