Forbes: Vikings valued at nearly $1.6 billion; Cowboys $4 billion

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Forbes' annual NFL valuations reveals that the Minnesota Vikings are worth approximately $1.59 billion, good for 18th-most valuable team in the NFL.

Jerry Jones' Dallas Cowboys are No. 1 with a valuation of $4 billion, making the Cowboys the most valuable professional sports franchise on the planet.

For comparisons sake, Jones bought the Cowboys for $140 million in 1989, according to

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In July, Forbes released a list of its 50 most valuable sports teams on the planet and the Vikings were the only Minnesota team to make the list. Their value in that report was $1.15 billion, which was tied for 49th.

Here’s a year-by-year view of the Vikings’ value, per Forbes.

  • 2014: $1.15 billion
  • 2013: $1.07 billion
  • 2012: $975 million
  • 2011: $796 million
  • 2010: $774 million
  • 2009: $835 million
  • 2008: $839 million
  • 2007: $782 million
  • 2006: $720 million
  • 2005: $658 million

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