The Chicago Bears are the 13th most valuable sports team in the world, according to the 2010 valuation by Forbes magazine.
Eight other NFL clubs were ranked ahead of the Bears ($1.08 billion), including the Dallas Cowboys at No. 2 with a value of $1.65 billion. The world's most valuable sports team is the English soccer club Manchester United ($1.83 billion), which is currently owned by the Glazer family. They also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12th, $1.09 billion).
The NFL dominates the list of top 50 franchises with 19 of the league's 32 teams valued at $1 billion or more, according to Forbes.
In the past, teams have taken exception with the magazine's valuation. But Forbes is a well-respected publication that takes numerous factors into account.
In its brief comments about the Bears, Forbes said the team's revenue was $241 million. The magazine also highlighted the club for "successfully" marketing to season ticket holders via emails with video and personal delivery.
The NFC East remains the richest division in the NFL. All four clubs were ranked in the top 11: Cowboys second, Washington Redskins ($1.55 billion) fourth, New York Giants ($1.18 billion) seventh and the Philadelphia Eagles ($1.12 billion) 11th.
The Bears NFC North opponents weren't valued so high. The Green Bay Packers ($1.02 billion) were 22nd, the Detroit Lions ($867 million) were 36th and the Minnesota Vikings ($835 million) were 40th.
Locally, the Chicago Cubs were ranked 46th, with a value of $726 million.
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