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Miami Heat falls short on Forbes ‘most valuable’ team list

 

jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com

The Miami Heat boasts the NBA’s Most Valuable Player and a second consecutive championship, but when it comes to Most Valuable Teams, it doesn’t even break the Top 50.

Ironically, in the list of most valuable sports teams released Monday by Forbes magazine, The Heat got beat out by the season-losing Dolphins.

The Fins made the 25th spot with a value of $1.06 billion — despite its fourth year without post-season play.

Topping the Most Valuable list was Real Madrid, valued at $3.3 billion (up from last year’s No. 2 spot), followed by Manchester United at $3.17 billion, down from last year’s top spot.

Barcelona, Real Madrid’s fierce rival and Spanish League champions last season, is worth $2.6 billion.

The New York Yankees are fourth with a value of $2.3 billion and the Dallas Cowboys are fifth at $2.1 billion.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were No. 28 at $1.033 billion.

Only three basketball franchises made the list: the New York Knicks, No. 23 at $1.1 billion; Los Angeles Lakers, No. 31 at $1 billion; and the Chicago Bulls, No. 47 at $800 million.

Thirty of the 32 NFL teams made the list, along with seven baseball teams, seven soccer teams, two F1 racing teams and a single hockey team.

The Miami Marlins and the Florida Panthers didn’t make the field.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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