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Forbes Values Cleveland Browns At $987 Million

Forbes Magazine says NFL teams keep growing in value -- all but one, anyway -- and among those to rise in worth are the Cleveland Browns.

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This despite the recent approval of the sale of the club to Jimmy Haslam III, and the fact that the Browns have struggled to win games for years, especially recently. There appeared to be no concern that the Browns would drop in value with new owners. Haslam, says Forbes, is paying $987 million for the team.

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The Dallas Cowboys were valued the highest, at $2.1 billion, while the Cincinnati Bengals dropped in value, from $875 million to $871 million. Twenty teams are worth at least $1 billion, up from 15 last season.

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On average, NFL teams are worth $1.1 billion. That's a 7 percent increase from last season. The Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers made the highest jump in value due to new stadium legislation approval.

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