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New York — The Dallas Cowboys have been ranked the world’s most valuable sports team for a third year in a row, an annual list published by Forbes showed on Wednesday, with the National Football League (NFL) accounting for more than half of the top 50. The NFL’s Cowboys were valued at $4.8bn, a 14% jump from 2017. Football teams Manchester United ($4.12bn), Real Madrid ($4.09bn) and Barcelona ($4.06bn) took the next three spots. Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, who were second on the list in 2017, rounded out the top five with a value of $4bn, up 8% from a year ago. The average value of the 50 teams on the list is $2.74bn, the highest to date, up from 2017 when the average was $2.5bn. "There has never been a better time to own a top-notch pro sports franchise," said Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen. "Blockbuster TV contracts and owner-friendly collective bargaining agreements are fuelling record sale prices." No ice hockey, Formula One or Nascar teams made the cut. Reu...

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