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Who knew football was a cash crop? Fox Sports North reports that football has been berry, berry good to the owners of the Minnesota Vikings.

In a list compiled by Forbes Magazine on the world's most valuable sports franchises, the hometown team jumped six spots from last year to settle in at at No. 35 on this year's list. The team's worth is put at $975 million, up a whopping $179 million from the previous valuation. Fox Sports North posits the hike is due to the Vikings making the playoffs last season. Forbes also notes the team's potential to generate more revenue in a new stadium.

The Chicago Bears are No. 16 on the list, and the Green Bay Packers followed at No. 18. For the fifth year in a row, the Dallas Cowboys are listed as the most valuable NFL franchise, worth $2.1 billion.

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