NFL's Cowboys top Forbes' most valuable teams list

July 12 (Reuters) - The Dallas Cowboys are the world's most valuable sports team, according to the annual list published by Forbes on Wednesday that was dominated by National Football League teams.

The NFL's Cowboys, who last year unseated Spanish soccer club Real Madrid for top spot on the list, were valued at $4.2 billion, a 5 percent jump compared to last year, Forbes said in a statement.

Major League Baseball's New York Yankees, who have both the highest sponsorship revenue and premium seating revenue in MLB, jumped two spots to second on the list as their value rose 9 percent to $3.7 billion.

Soccer clubs Manchester United ($3.69 billion), Barcelona ($3.64 billion) and Real Madrid ($3.58 billion) rounded out the top five.

The NFL's Los Angeles Rams were the biggest gainer, moving from outside the top 50 to 12th as their value doubled to $2.9 billion with their relocation from St. Louis last year.

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T-24. Conor McGregor, mixed martial arts

Salary/Winnings: $27 million
Endorsements: $7 million
Total pay: $34 million

Source: Forbes

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T-24. Gareth Bale, soccer

Salary/Winnings: $23 million
Endorsements: $11 million
Total pay: $34 million

Source: Forbes

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23. Usain Bolt, track

Salary/Winnings: $2.2 million
Endorsements: $32 million
Total pay: $34.2 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

22. Derrick Rose, basketball

Salary/Winnings: $21.3 million
Endorsements: $13 million
Total pay: $34.3 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

21. Jordan Spieth, golf

Salary/Winnings: $5.5 million
Endorsements: $29 million
Total pay: $34.5 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
20. Fernando Alonso, auto racing

Salary/Winnings: $34 million
Endorsements: $2 million
Total pay: $36 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
19. Dwyane Wade, basketball

Salary/Winnings: $23.2 million
Endorsements: $13 million
Total pay: $36.2 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
18. Neymar, soccer

Salary/Winnings: $15 million
Endorsements: $22 million
Total pay: $37 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
17. Tiger Woods, golf

Salary/Winnings: $107,000
Endorsements: $37 million
Total pay: $37.1 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
16. Novak Djokovic, tennis

Salary/Winnings: $9.6 million
Endorsements: $28 million
Total pay: $37.6 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

15. Damian Lillard, basketball

Salary/Winnings: $24.4 million
Endorsements: $14 million
Total pay: $38.4 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

14. Sebastian Vettel, auto racing

Salary/Winnings: $38 million
Endorsements: $500,000
Total pay: $38.5 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)
13. Russell Westbrook, basketball

Salary/Winnings: $26.6 million
Endorsements: $12 million
Total pay: $38.6 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

12. Phil Mickelson, golf

Salary/Winnings: $3.5 million
Endorsements: $40 million
Total pay: $43.5 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

11. Drew Brees, football

Salary/Winnings: $31.3 million
Endorsements: $14 million
Total pay: $45.3 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

10. Lewis Hamilton, auto racing

Salary/Winnings: $38 million
Endorsements: $8 million
Total pay: $46 million

Source: Forbes

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9. James Harden

Salary/Winnings: $26.6 million
Endorsements: $20 million
Total pay: $46.6 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
8. Stephen Curry, basketball

Salary/Winnings: $12.3 million
Endorsements: $35 million
Total pay: $47.3 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
T-6. Rory McIlroy, golf

Salary/Winnings: $16 million
Endorsements: $34 million
Total pay: $50 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
T-6. Andrew Luck, football

Salary/Winnings: $47 million
Endorsements: $3 million
Total pay: $50 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
5. Kevin Durant, basketball

Salary/Winnings: $26.6 million
Endorsements: $34 million
Total pay: $60.6 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
4. Roger Federer, tennis

Salary/Winnings: $6 million
Endorsements: $58 million
Total pay: $64 million

Source: Forbes

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3. Lionel Messi, soccer

Salary/Winnings: $53 million
Endorsements: $27 million
Total pay: $80 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
2. LeBron James, basketball

Salary/Winnings: $31.2 million
Endorsements: $55 million
Total pay: $86.2 million

Source: Forbes

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Salary/Winnings: $58 million
Endorsements: $35 million
Total pay: $93 million

Source: Forbes

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"Relocations and new stadiums are fueling big increases in the value of NFL teams, with the Cowboys the economic model every franchise hopes to match," said Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor, Forbes Media.

"Jerry Jones turned a money-losing franchise into the most profitable sports franchise in the world as AT&T Stadium generates the highest sponsorship and premium seating revenue in the sport."

Teams from the NFL, whose lucrative broadcast contracts are not comparable to any other league, accounted for over half of the list, occupying 29 spots in the ranking, including the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots ($3.4 billion) at No. 6.

The Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions were the only NFL teams that did not make the list.

MLB had eight teams on the list, followed by the National Basketball Association and European soccer, who each had seven teams on the list. No ice hockey, Formula One or Nascar teams made the cut.

For the complete list, visit (http://Forbes.com/most-valuable-teams).

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Alison Williams)

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