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Forbes: Patriots are the 6th most valuable sports franchise on the planet

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The Patriots are worth a LOT of money.

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Forbes released their list of Most Valuable Sports Franchises and the New England Patriots rank sixth overall.

As a heads up, all valuations for NFL teams were completed at the beginning of the 2017 NFL season, so the Patriots are still valued at $3.7 billion and are the second-most valuable NFL franchise behind the Dallas Cowboys.

The Patriots have ranked in sixth-place for three straight years after tying for third-place in 2015. The Cowboys are joined by three soccer clubs in Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Barcelona, along with the New York Yankees to round out the top five.

New England has created some distance between themselves and the seventh-place New York Knicks, while the New York Giants and Los Angeles Lakers tie forth eighth-place, and the Golden State Warriors and the Washington football club are tied for 10th.

According to Forbes, the valuation for the three soccer clubs is growing at a faster rate than the Patriots, which means they’re pulling away with their target on the Cowboys- but Dallas has different plans with the second-largest growth rate in the top 25 (behind only the Warriors).

Patriots team owner Robert Kraft is watching the growth in valuation of these soccer clubs and is reportedly trying to buy the team Sevilla in the same league as both Real Madrid and Barcelona. I’m sure Sevilla would be thrilled if Kraft brought the Patriots level of success to La Liga.