New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and six other NBA teams rank in Forbes' 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams 2019

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On July 22nd, 2019, Forbes released the list of the top 50 most valuable sports teams. The 2019 ranking is the 10th straight edition released by the American magazine.

The highest-ranked NBA franchise on the list is the New York Knicks and they are valued at $4 billion with a growth of 11%.

The other two NBA teams in the top 10 are the Los Angeles Lakers ($3.7 billion, 12%) and the Golden State Warriors ($3.5 billion, 13%).

Here's a look at the ten most valuable sports teams:

Rank Team Sport Net Worth*
1 Dallas Cowboys American Football - NFL $5 billion
2 New York Yankees Baseball - MLB $4.6 billion
3 Real Madrid Football - La Liga $4.24 billion
4 FC Barcelona Football - La Liga $4.02 billion
5 New York Knicks Basketball - NBA $4 billion
6 Manchester United Football - EPL $3.81 billion
7 New England Patriots American Football - NFL $3.8 billion
8 Los Angeles Lakers Basketball - NBA $3.7 billion
9 Golden State Warriors Basketball - NBA $3.5 billion
10 New York Giants American Football - NFL $3.3 billion
10 Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball - MLB $3.3 billion

Since the inception of this list, only three sports teams have dominated the top spot - Manchester United (2010-12), Real Madrid (2013-15), and the Dallas Cowboys (2016-).

Five teams (Cowboys, Yankees, Real Madrid, Machester United, and New England Patriots) of the current top 10 have been among the top 10 since the first list came out in 2010.

The Los Angeles Dodgers (tied 10th) were the only addition to the top ten on the 2019 list, replacing the NFL franchise - the Washington Redskins.

Here's a look at the position of all the nine NBA teams on the list:

NBA Rank Team Forbes Rank
1 New York Knicks 5
2 Los Angeles Lakers 8
3 Golden State Warriors 9
4 Chicago Bulls 19 (tie)
5 Boston Celtics 22 (tie)
6 Brooklyn Nets 37
7 Houston Rockets 38 (tie)
8 Dallas Mavericks 43
9 LA Clippers 44

No NBA teams were among the top 10 until 2016.

Once the new TV deal kicked in from the beginning of the 2016-17 season, there have been at least two NBA teams (Knicks, Lakers) in the top 10. The Warriors cut into the top 10 in 2018.

As per Forbes' report, the NBA franchises have made the biggest moves this decade. It further states that league-wide profits are up tenfold over the past seven years.

*(All figures in USD)

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