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Friday, July 23, 2010
Forbes ranks Bills before Red Sox, Lakers


All four AFC East teams landed on Forbes' list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world.

Of course, all 32 NFL teams made it.

Manchester United was atop the heap with an estimated value of $1.43 billion and revenues of $459 million in the previous 12 months.

The New England Patriots ranked fifth globally -- third in the NFL behind the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins -- with an estimated value of $1.36 billion and revenues of $302 million.

The New York Jets were ninth (value of $1.17 billion, $227 million revenues), and the Miami Dolphins were 23rd (value $1.02 billion, $242 million revenues).

Buffalo Bills fans, generally nervous about the team moving out of town eventually, will be pleased to see their team ranked 33rd in the world.

Forbes estimates the Bills' value at $909 million with revenues at $222 million.

They were listed ahead of six other NFL teams and such high-profile brands as the No. 35 Boston Red Sox, No. 38 New York Mets, No. 43 A.C. Milan, No. 45 Los Angeles Dodgers and No. 49 Los Angeles Lakers.

Forbes also ranked the 50 top-earning athletes, factoring "salaries, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and licensing income earned over the past 12 months." No AFC East players made the list.