Eagles, Phils among Forbes' most valuable teams

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Eagles, Phils among Forbes' most valuable teams

Both the Eagles and the Phillies were named to Forbes Magazine’s annual list of the world's 50 most valuable sports teams.

The Eagles, who are finishing up a two-year renovation of Lincoln Financial Field, were ranked 17th with a value of $1.314 billion. Meanwhile, the Phillies finished 39th with a value of $975 million.

Despite finishing in the top 20, the Eagles fell two spots from last year’s No. 15 spot and finished fourth amongst their NFC East rivals. The Cowboys, ranked fifth at $2.3 billion, were the highest-ranked NFL team, while the Redskins (ninth, $1.7 billion) and Giants (10th, $1.55 billion) weren’t far behind.

The Phillies, who were the first team on the list valued at less than $1 billion, moved up two spots from 2013’s 41st ranking and were the only NL East team to crack the list. The Yankees were the highest-ranked MLB team, finishing fourth overall for the second straight year at $2.5 billion.

For the second year in a row, Real Madrid took the top spot with a value of $3.44 billion. Two other soccer teams, Barcelona ($3.2 billion) and Manchester United ($2.81 billion), finished second and third respectively.

The rest of the top 10 was rounded out by the Los Angeles Dodgers (sixth, $2 billion), Bayern Munich (seventh, $1.85 billion) and the New England Patriots (eighth, 1.8 billion).

To see Forbes' full list of most valuable sports franchises, click here.

Owners meetings: Brandon Marshall thinks his experience can help Odell Beckham Jr.

Owners meetings: Brandon Marshall thinks his experience can help Odell Beckham Jr.

PHOENIX -- Dressed in a light, white cotton shirt, veteran receiver Brandon Marshall dealt with the desert heat while answering questions from a large semi-circle of reporters at the annual league meetings at the lavish Arizona Biltmore Hotel. 

While Marshall fits in on the football field, he stood out among NFL executives clothed in designer suits. 

But Marshall belonged on Monday morning. He was invited to address the league and give a player's perspective in an effort to bridge the gap between players and owners.

"I think it's evident that our relationship can be so much better," he said.

When thinking about Marshall's history, it's pretty shocking that he's now in the position he is within the league. Early in his career, Marshall wasn't high on the NFL's favorites list -- he was suspended for three games in 2008 after a couple off-the-field run-ins with the law.  

Marshall, now 33, is the perfect example of a player developing maturity along the way. And it's in that arena where he could be the most help to his new teammate Odell Beckham Jr. 

While Beckham has been incredible during his first three NFL seasons, at times, his emotions have gotten the best of him on the field and his maturity has been questioned. 

Marshall thinks he can help. 

"I've been on both ends of this spectrum," Marshall said. "I've been a problem and I've also been a solution. I have a wealth of experience. I just think organically and naturally, whenever he needs, not only him, but any guy in that receiver room, whenever they need to pull from that, they'll do it in a natural and organic way. 

"We have to remember that Odell's 22, 23 years old and we all have our own journey. He's the ultimate competitor and I want him to stay exactly where he's at. It's just sometimes it's easy for us as wide receivers and football players to cross that line, but he'll grow. And next year he's not going to be perfect and the year after that he's not going to be perfect. Shoot, I'm 33 and every year I get better and better. I'm not perfect. I just want him to stay on the track that he's on and mature."

If Marshall can help Beckham and make him even better, that should be pretty scary for the Eagles and the rest of the NFC East.  

Through three NFL seasons, Beckham has 288 catches for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdown catches. He's the only player in league history to do that in his first three seasons. Now, he'll be in a receiving corps with Marshall and second-year player Sterling Shepard. 

"I met Odell a few years ago and we started to form a friendship," Marshall said. "We have a great rapport already, so me coming here was organic and natural. He's awesome. I love him."

NFL owners approve Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas

NFL owners approve Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas

PHOENIX -- Invoking his father Al's name, and copying what the Hall of Fame owner did with the Raiders, Mark Davis is moving the franchise out of Oakland.

NFL owners approved the Raiders' move to Las Vegas 31-1 at the league meetings Monday. Miami was the lone dissenter.

"My father used to say the greatness of the Raiders is in the future," Davis said. "This gives us the ability to achieve that."

The vote was a foregone conclusion after the league and Raiders were not satisfied with Oakland's proposals for a new stadium, and Las Vegas stepped up with $750 million in public money. Bank of America also is giving Davis a $650 million loan, further helping to persuade owners to allow the third team relocation in just over a year.

The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 2016, and in January the Chargers relocated from San Diego to LA.

"You know our goal is to have 32 stable franchises for each team and the league," Commissioner Roger Goodell said. "We work very hard and never want to see the relocation of a franchise. We worked tirelessly over the last nine months or so on a solution. We needed to provide certainties and stability for the Raiders and the league."

The Raiders, whose relocation fee of approximately $350 million is less than the $650 million the Rams and Chargers paid, likely will play two or three more years in the Bay Area before their $1.7 billion stadium near the Las Vegas Strip is ready.

"I wouldn't use the term lame duck," Davis insisted. "We're still the Raiders and we represent Raider Nation.

"There will be disappointed fans and it's important for me to talk to them to explain why and how."

Las Vegas, long taboo to the NFL because of its legalized gambling, also is getting an NHL team this fall, the Golden Knights.

"Today will forever change the landscape of Las Vegas and UNLV football," said Steve Sisolak, chairman of the Clark County Commission and a former member of a panel appointed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to study the stadium tax funding plan. "I couldn't be more excited for the fans and residents of Clark County as we move forward with the Raiders and the Rebels."

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and a group trying to keep the team in Oakland, made a last-ditch presentation to the NFL last week. But that letter was "filled with uncertainty," according to Goodell.

Monday, she asked owners to delay the vote, wanting to give her city a chance to negotiate with a small group of owners to complete a stadium deal at the Coliseum site.

"Never that we know of has the NFL voted to displace a team from its established market when there is a fully financed option before them with all the issues addressed," Schaaf said in a statement. "I'd be remiss if I didn't do everything in my power to make the case for Oakland up until the very end."

Schaaf said the city presented a $1.3 billion plan for a stadium that would be ready by 2021. She said the existing Coliseum would be demolished by 2024, with the Oakland Athletics baseball team either moving to a new stadium at the Coliseum site or somewhere else in the city.

But the presence of the A's in that sports complex was particularly troubling to the NFL, Goodell said.

"We understand the Raiders' need for a new stadium," A's President Dave Kaval said. "Oakland is an incredible sports town and we would be sorry to see them leave. We commend the city's and county's efforts to keep the Raiders in Oakland. The mayor and her team have worked incredibly hard to save the franchise.

"We are focused on, and excited about, our efforts to build a new ballpark in Oakland and look forward to announcing a location this year."

The Raiders' move became more certain this month when Bank of America offered the loan. That replaced the same amount the Raiders lost when the league balked at having casino owner Sheldon Adelson involved and he was dropped from the team's plans.

Davis on Monday thanked Adelson for his "vision and leadership," saying the entire deal might not have happened without him.

Leaving the Bay Area is not something new with the Raiders, who played in Los Angeles from 1982-94 before heading back to Oakland. Davis was passed over last year in an attempt to move to a stadium in the LA area that would have been jointly financed with the Chargers. Instead, the owners approved the Rams' relocation and gave the Chargers an option to join them, which they exercised this winter.

Now, it's off to the desert for the Raiders. Well, in a few years.

"The opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world," Davis said, "is a significant step toward achieving that greatness."