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Forbes: Bills are world's 42nd-most-valuable team

By Tim Graham

Forbes magazine has released its annual report on the world's 50 most valuable sports franchises.

Thanks to gargantuan broadcast revenues, all 32 NFL clubs made the list. The Buffalo Bills came in at No. 42, worth an estimated $792 million. The Bills ranked higher than the St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Here is what Forbes wrote about the Bills:

The Bills historically have had one of the strongest local fan bases in the NFL, but three games were blacked out in each of the past two seasons due to a lack of sellouts at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Blame the team's poor performance as the Bills have endured seven straight losing seasons, making it the worst stretch in franchise history. A 16 percent increase in ticket prices for the 2010 season also did not help matters.

Only 15 franchises -- most of them soccer teams -- were slotted higher than the least-valuable NFL team, the No. 47 Jaguars.

Manchester United ranked first at $2.23 billion. The Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees tied for third at $1.85 billion. Ferrari was the top auto-racing outfit, ranking 15th overall at $1.1 billion. The Los Angeles Lakers were the most valuable NBA team at $900 million, placing them 35th overall. No NHL team made the list.

The other AFC East teams' values, as estimated by Forbes:

No. 6T New England Patriots, $1.4 billion.
No. 12 New York Jets, $1.23 billion.
No. 22 Miami Dolphins, $1.01 billion.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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