Forbes: Dolphins Are the 22nd Most Valuable Team in the World, Way More So Than Heat

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The Miami Heat might be the most successful team in town right now, but the Dolphins still reign supreme in terms of most valuable franchise. Forbes.com has listed the world's most valuable sports teams. The Fins came in 22nd overall, but the Heat didn't even make the cut.

Forbes estimates the Dolphins are worth about $1.01 billion. However, that's because NFL teams, on average, seem to be more valuable than other sports leagues. Thirteen other NFL teams on the list ranked higher than the Dolphins (including the New England Patriots and the New York Jets). Forbes.com's writeup of the Fins isn't exactly positive:
The Dolphins brand has been damaged in recent years after three straight losing seasons and only one playoff appearance in the last decade. The team lost its first seven games of the 2011 season and struggled to sell tickets.The Dolphins, team sponsors and the local TV station often bought unsold tickets to prevent home games from being blacked out. The Dolphins roster of investors reads like a who's who of pop culture: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Fergie, and Serena and Venus Williams.
The Heat, despite boasting the world's best basketball player in LeBron James, didn't make the list. The only NBA teams in the top 50 are the Los Angeles Lakers at #35 and the New York Knicks and #43.

But the Heat could see its value skyrocket soon. Several reports claim the team is about to sign a local TV coverage deal with Fox Sports Florida worth $80 to $100 million a year. That would be the second-richest TV deal in the NBA, only behind the Lakers. It would be worth about four times more than their current deal.

In case you're wondering, here's the overall top ten:

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 ($1.3 billion)
10. Arsenal ($1.29 billion)

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Alejandro Pereira
Alejandro Pereira

yup so does the marlins and all other "broke teams". except maybe the Charlotte bobcats

Alejandro Pereira
Alejandro Pereira

only 300 million less than Barcelona FC? wow, either Barca is undervalued or this POS franchise is overvalued by a good 200 mil or so

D Shalla
D Shalla

you forgot the H in Sheep.    Bahhh Bahhhh     The Heat make plenty of money  they just dont like sharing it with the city via rent and profit sharing so they use creative accounting    sadly the City doesnt care enough to follow up and break their balls and demand payment.      The Dolphins also own the stadium and land around it while the Heat dont.  

seep
seep

the Heat seem to lose money every year.  The whole business model of the NBA is a bad one.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

NFC East represents 30% of the top 10. 40% are international franchises, so the other 30% are domestic and in other sports. The Eagles are just beyond the top 10 at # 14. Patriots & Jets are the closest NFL division to Cowboys, Redskins, Giants & Eagles. I would thing the Steelers and Packers were higher up on the list ?

Neil's Ghost
Neil's Ghost

I wouldn't give Ross two nickels for that franchise. 

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