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Manchester United, Buccaneers land in Forbes Top 50

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The Glazers may well have more wealth tied up in sports franchises than any other family on earth.

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Your regular reminder that the Glazers are incredibly rich: in Forbes' latest installment of the most valuable sports teams in the world, Manchester United came in third place at $2.81 billion, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coem in 30th at $1.067 billion. Those are rough estimates and not definite valuations, but they're a decent indicator that the Glazers are very wealthy, indeed.

The Bucs' valuation is pretty interesting, mostly because they land in the middle of the pack for NFL teams, despite struggling to sell tickets and win games for half a decade now. But the Glazers' wealth is quite obvious in the massive investments they've made in the team over the past year, both on and off the field. That wealth didn't stop the ESPYs from failing to mention the passing of Malcolm Glazer, though.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are set to spend boatloads of cash on a slew of new players to help shiny new coach Louis Van Gaal win a bunch of games. Hey, I smell a trend: sign a veteran coach with a history of success, re-make the roster with new players, and hope you win. The Glazers are hoping the same road to success will work for both their Tampa and Manchester-based franchises.

All of this just to say that you don't need to feel bad for the Glazers if they're forced to pay for something. Like salaries. Mostly salaries.