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Updated: July 16th, 2014 8:22pm
Forbes now values Vikings at worth more than a billion dollars

Forbes now values Vikings at worth more than a billion dollars

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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The Vikings are now members of the billion dollar club.

At least that's the case if you believe Forbes' latest rankings of the 50 most valuable sports teams in the world.

The Vikings have moved up one spot on the list from a year ago, graduating to No. 34, and are now worth $1.007 billion. In 2013, after the Vikings had gained approval for a new stadium that will open in 2016, Forbes put a value of $975 million on Zygi Wilf's franchise.

Forbes' list is the latest reminder of the power of the NFL.

Of the 33 teams in front of the Vikings, 20 of them are NFL franchises. Twenty-two of the top 35 on the list are NFL teams and 30 of the 50 are from the league. Only the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars failed to make the Forbes' rankings.

The top five teams in the world, according to Forbes, are soccer teams Real Madrid ($3.44 billion) , Barcelona ($3.2 billion) and Manchester United ($2.8 billion), followed by the New York Yankees ($2.5 billion) and the Dallas Cowboys ($2.3 billion).

There are three other NFL teams in the top 10, including the New England Patriots (No. 8 at $1.8 billion), the Washington Redskins (No. 9 at $1.7 billion) and the New York Giants (No. 10 at $1.55 billion).

The Vikings are the third most valuable franchise in the NFC North, trailing the Chicago Bears (No. 18 at $1.252 billion) and the Green Bay Packers (No. 24 at $1.183 billion). The Detroit Lions are 44th with a value of $900 million.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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