While the Lakers are one of the most valuable NBA franchises, to characterize them as one of three most valuable on the planet is bit of an exaggeration. This Forbes article from July ranks them as #35. Manchester United and Real Madrid are #1 and #2, each in the $2 range. The Dodgers come in at #6 at $1.4B, and the Lakers are the highest ranked NBA team valued at less than a billion. Four of the top ten are European Soccer clubs and 12 of the top 20 are NFL teams.