CHANTILLY, VA - MARCH 02: Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown arrives at a hotel fora meeting with NFL owners on March 2, 2011 in Chantilly, Virginia. The NFL owners are meeting in Chantilly to discuss negotiations with the players union about a collective bargaining agreement that expires March 3, at midnight. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Forbes, the magazine that reminds you how totally not rich you are, annually posts NFL team valuations, ranking the most valuable franchises in the league. They also release a more international flavor -- perhaps to promote American domination because no one does professional sports like America, baby -- ranking all professional franchises in the world using a top-50 model that's, again, largely dominated by the NFL -- once you get past Manchester United ($2.23 billion) and Real Madrid ($1.88 billion) listed first and second respectively.
In the top-10 the Dallas Cowboys rank No. 3 most valuable ($1.85 billion), with the Washington Redskins ($1.56 billion) at No. 5, the New England Patriots ($1.4 billion) at No. 6 and the New York Giants at No. 9 ($1.3 billion). Eight of the top-ten combines the world's two most popular sports that use the same name (though different spelling) while the Yankees ($1.85 billion) and Los Angeles Dodgers ($1.4 billion) fill out the remaining spots.
Now if we combine all of the franchises in the world, the Cincinnati Bengals are valued as the No. 37 most valuable franchise, according to Forbes that puts their value at $875 million. That places the Bengals at No. 25 among all NFL teams, more valuable than the Lions, Falcons, Vikings, Bills, Rams, Raiders and Jaguars.