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Vikings among most valuable sports franchises in the world

By Andrew Krammer

The future seems bright for the Minnesota Vikings both on and off the field.

Claiming a NFC North title sets a high bar entering the opening season of the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium. The most ambitious of dreams include Super Bowls like the one set to be held inside their new home roughly 19 months from now. Soon after, the Vikings expect to move into a new headquarters equipped with all the bells and whistles.

So the Vikings’ $1.59 billion value listed by Forbes is bound to increase in coming years — more than it already has as Forbes’ figure is nearly $1 billion more than what the Wilf family spent to purchase the team more than a decade ago. Now they’re ranked 39th-most valuable among all professional sports franchises in the world. Though they fall in the bottom half of the NFL, ranking 18th among 27 teams in the top 50.

The Dallas Cowboys ($4 billion) topped the list, warding off a handful of soccer clubs led by Real Madrid at $3.65 billion. New York has the biggest financial muscle in basketball and baseball as the Yankees ($3.4 billion) rank fourth and the Knicks ($3 billion) lead all NBA teams at seventh.

It’s good to be the NFL, which holds the most lucrative television deals including a new reported two-year, $900 million contract for Thursday night games. Only five teams, the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, L.A. Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, didn’t crack the world’s top 50 in value.

The post Vikings among most valuable sports franchises in the world appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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