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$1.8 billion: Forbes values Bucs as world's No. 47 sports team

The late Malcolm Glazer, who bought the Bucs for $192 million in 1995, is shown in 2003 talking to kicker Martin Gramatica. Glazer died in 2014, but his family still owns the Bucs, who are valued at $1.8 billion by Forbes.

JIM DAMASKE | TIMES

The late Malcolm Glazer, who bought the Bucs for $192 million in 1995, is shown in 2003 talking to kicker Martin Gramatica. Glazer died in 2014, but his family still owns the Bucs, who are valued at $1.8 billion by Forbes.

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Forbes has released its annual ranking of the top 50 sports franchises in the world, and the Bucs check in at No. 47, with a valuation of $1.8 billion, up 19 percent from last year.

The magazine's NFL valuations came out last September, so that isn't news -- the only thing new is how the Bucs rank against other non-NFL franchises, which is largely the same. Manchester United, also owned by the Glazer family, is ranked No. 3 with a valuation of $3.69 billion, though that's only up 11 percent from a year ago. The Glazer family bought the Bucs in 1995 for $192 million, so sometime in the next year or so, the franchise will be worth 10 times what they paid for it 22 years ago.

Only four NFL teams have a lower value by Forbes' calculations -- the Saints, Bengals, Lions and Bills, with the last three the only NFL teams not to crack the top 50 overall. By Forbes count, the Bucs' franchise has grown from a valuation of $1.225 billion to $1.8 billion in just two years -- that's a 47 percent increase. By comparison, from 2009 to 2013, their value for the Bucs actually went down, from $1.085 billion to $1.067 billion, so a steady rise isn't always inevitable.

Even the 19 percent rise is somewhat middle of the pack for NFL franchises -- the Rams literally doubled in value with their move to Los Angeles, to $2.9 billion, and while the rest of the top 10 NFL franchises saw an increase of 11 percent or less, about half the league saw a growth of 20 percent or more.

Here's the Bucs page on Forbes' site, and here's the main story on their new franchise rankings.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:44am]

    

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