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Lakers are most valuable NBA franchise, according to Forbes
Lakers are most valuable NBA franchise, according to Forbes

The Lakers were finally winners again. They were declared the NBA's most valuable franchise, worth $2.6 billion, according to Forbes' annual rankings released Wednesday. The franchise jumped a whopping 93% from its previous value, strengthened by a new national TV deal that boosted all teams. The Lakers also have a strong local TV deal with Time Warner Cable worth $5 billion over 25 years. The Lakers (12-31) currently have the NBA's fourth-worst record, but "the brand is still very popular," Coach Byron Scott said Wednesday before speaking of late owner Jerry Buss. "Dr. Buss did an unbelievable job of getting this brand to where it is today and...

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