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Texans 10th in most valuable sports franchises

The Chronicle reports that Forbes says that the Texans are worth $1.15 billion, good for 10th when it comes to the most valuable sports franchises:

Even without benefit of a championship season, a playoff appearance or the slightest glimmer of any achievement on the playing field that ventures more than one notch past mediocrity, the Houston Texans are the 10th most valuable franchise in professional sports, according to Forbes magazine.

The Texans’ exalted financial status — the franchise is valued at $1.15 billion, according to Forbes – reflects the almighty power of the NFL, football’s cherished place in Texas’ culture, the largesse of Harris County taxpayers and the kismet of showing up at the right place at the right time.

Forbes’ list of the 50 most valuable franchises is topped by Manchester United, the English Premier League soccer team that will visit Reliant Stadium on Wednesday for Major League Soccer’s All-Star Game, at $1.84 billion.

The Dallas Cowboys, who last year opened a $1.1 billion taxpayer-supported stadium in Arlington, are second at $1.65 billion, followed by the New York Yankees at $1.6 billion.

The top 10 includes past Super Bowl champions (the Cowboys, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, New York Giants and New York Jets), Champions League winners (Man U and Real Madrid), Premier League champions (Arsenal), World Series winners (the Yankees) – and the Texans, whose best record was 9-7 last season.

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