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Patriots are second-most valuable NFL franchise

Forbes published its annual list of NFL franchise valuations Wednesday, and the Patriots came in at No. 2 at $2.6 billion, a whopping 44.4 percent increase over 2013.

While the value of the Patriots remained largely the same from 2008-11, Forbes now estimates that Robert Kraft’s team is worth nearly 86 percent more than it was in 2011, when the magazine put the number at $1.4 billion.

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The Dallas Cowboys remained the most valuable franchise, at $3.2 billion; the Washington Redskins were third ($2.4 billion), the New York Giants fourth ($2.1 billion), and the Houston Texans fifth ($1.85 billion).

At the bottom are the Buffalo Bills, worth $935 million and currently for sale after owner Ralph Wilson’s death, and the St. Louis Rams at $930 million. The 32 NFL franchises have an average valuation of $1.43 billion this year, up 23 percent from 2013.

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at syoung@globe.com.
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