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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Glazers own most valuable sports franchise

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- The world’s most valuable sports franchise is held by the owners of an NFC South team.

But it’s not the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers that has the Glazer family sitting atop Forbes' list of the world’s top 50 sports franchises. It’s the Manchester United soccer team the Glazers also own. That franchise is worth an estimated $1.86 billion, which puts Manchester United slightly ahead of the Dallas Cowboys, who are No. 2 on a list that’s dominated by NFL teams.

In terms of value, the Glazers also are doing well with the Buccaneers, the team they paid $192 million for in the mid-1990s. Forbes said the Bucs are now worth $1.03 billion. That puts them at No. 18 on the list and that’s almost the top spot among NFC South franchises.

The Carolina Panthers edged the Bucs by coming in at No. 17 with a $1.04 billion value. Those were the only two NFC South franchise to top the billion-dollar mark.

The New Orleans Saints are No. 28 at $955 million and the Atlanta Falcons are No. 35 at $831 million.