Panthers' likely $2.2 billion deal among 10 most expensive sports franchise purchases

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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jarrett Bell gives an update on the sale of the Carolina Panthers and if the allegations against Jerry Richardson could affect the price.
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The Carolina Panthers are expected to be sold to David Tepper for $2.2 billion, a figure that will set the record for the highest sale price of an NFL team and make it one of the most expensive U.S. professional sports franchises ever purchased. 

Tepper, a hedge fund founder and currently a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is one of 109 billionaires who own the top 140 sports brands, according to a joint report released in October from money manager UBS and consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers.  

The proposed Panthers sale highlights an upward trajectory for the value of professional teams in major sports. It’s a far cry from the $100 George Halas purchased the Chicago Bears for in 1920. (The team now is valued at $2.85 billion, per Forbes).  

Here’s a look at nine more of the most expensive sports franchise purchases from the four major professional sports in the U.S.:

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