Forbes: Eagles world's 11th most valuable franchise

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Eagles Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Lurie listens to a question during a news conference. (David Maialetti / Staff file photo)

The Eagles are worth $1.12 billion, making them the 11th most valuable team in sports, according to Forbes.

The magazine released its 2010 list of the 50 most valuable franchises, and it is dominated by football, and the NFC East in particular. The Cowboys ranked second, Redskins fourth, Giants seventh. (In fact, the whole northeast appears to be quite good for the sports business: two AFC East teams also made the top 10, and so did the Yankees).

Other top 10 teams include: Manchester United (1), the Yankees (3), Patriots (5), Real Madrid (6), Arsenal (8), Jets (9) and Texans (10). Those same teams made up the top 10 last year, though in slightly different order.

All 32 NFL teams made the top 50 - even the Raiders - compared to just five major league baseball teams (Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Dodgers and Cubs, in that order) and two NBA franchises (the Lakers and Knicks, who come in at 49th and 50).

The Red Sox, with their devoted following and recent success, ranked 35th on the list, just a notch above the woeful Detroit Lions and below other struggling NFL franchises such as the Browns, Chiefs, Bengals and Bills.

No other Philadelphia teams made the top 50.

Sadly, one of my first thoughts on seeing the list was wondering how the NFL's clear financial health figures into the league's looming labor battle.

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