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    3 New England Teams Among the Most Valuable
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    Quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after the New England Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game on January 18, 2015. An NFL investigation found Wednesday that it was "more probable than not" that the Patriots intentionally deflated the game footballs below the required limits for the game that sent the Pats to the Super Bowl, as well as for other games throughout the season.

    It goes without saying that there's a lot of money in sports. But according to a list on Forbes, three New England franchises rank among the 21 most valuable.

    The Patriots are the priciest team in the region, worth a reported $2.6 billion, tied for sixth place with the Boston Celtics' arch-rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. Among NFL teams on the list, they trail only the Dallas Cowboys, ranked second overall at $3.2 billion.

    The Red Sox, worth $2.1 billion, are tied for 12th with the New York Giants. The list says Boston is the third most valuable MLB team, behind the New York Yankees (ranked third, worth $3.2 billion) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (ninth, $2.4 billion).

    Taking a step back to rebuild on the court has certainly not damaged the Celtics' value - they tied for 20th with the Chicago Bears and are worth a reported $1.7 billion. Only the Lakers, Knicks and Bulls are worth more among NBA teams.

    Last year, the Celtics were worth just $875 million and were listed at No. 45. The Sox' value has also increased from $1.5 billion, though their place dropped a spot from 11th. The Pats improved from eigth place and a $1.8 billion value.

    Real Madrid topped off this year's list at $3.26 billion.

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