Carolina Panthers ranked 23rd most valuable sports franchise

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The Carolina Panthers were ranked the 23rd most valuable sports franchise in a recent Forbes article.

According to Forbes, the Panthers are worth $1 billion.

Here’s an except from the article:

“The Panthers franchise got a shot in the arm last year from quarterback Cam Newton (above), who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft out of Auburn. Newton led the Panthers to six wins, four more than in 2010, and had a combined 35 touchdowns rushing and throwing. Newton was nearly a unanimous choice for the Rookie of the Year award.”

Here’s the Top 10 according to Forbes:

#1 Manchester United ($2.23 billion)
#2 Real Madrid ($1.88 billion)
#3 New York Yankees ($1.85 billion)
#3 Dallas Cowboys ($1.85 billion)
#5 Washington Redskins ($1.56 billion)
#6a Los Angeles Dodgers ($1.4 billion)
#6b New England Patriots ($1.4 billion)
#8 Barcelona ($1.31 billion)
#9 New York Giants ($1.3 billion)
#10 Arsenal ($1.29 billion)