by Lance Turner
Posted 8/20/2014 02:38 pm
Updated 2 months ago
Weird photo scandals notwithstanding, Jerry Jones is having a decent month.
His Dallas Cowboys are once again ranked as the top U.S. sports franchise, topping $3 billion value, according to Forbes magazine. That puts the NFL team second only to Spain's soccer, er, futbol, powerhouse Real Madrid, as the most valuable team in the world. Forbes says Real is worth $3.4 billion.
This is the eighth straight year the Cowboy's have topped the list in the U.S. According to The Associated Press:
Dallas posted the NFL's highest revenue, $560 million, and operating income, $246 million. That was far ahead of second-place New England, worth $2.6 billion and with $428 million in revenues, $147 million in operating income.
But the Patriots had the biggest increase since last year, up 44 percent in value. Dallas was up 39 percent.
The average NFL franchise value for 2014 is $1.43 billion, the highest in the 17 years the business magazine has tracked professional football. That shows a 23 percent increase, the largest in one year since 1999.