Patriots again ranked sixth on Forbes' Top 5

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Patriots again ranked sixth on Forbes' Top 5

History has a way of repeating itself, and the same goes for the New England Patriots ranking in Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's most valuable sports franchises. This year the Patriots came in at the same spot as last year: sixth. The only difference is that they are tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The franchise is valued at an estimated 1.4 billion making it the third-most valuable franchise in the NFL behind the Cowboys and Redskins. All 32 NFL clubs are in the Forbes 50 list, thanks to its lucrative broadcast contracts with four major networks.
From Boston.com:
British soccer club Manchester United, the world's most popular soccer team, remained number one, valued at 2.23 billion, the only team to come in over 2 billion. Another soccer team, Real Madrid, was second at 1.88 billion.
The Patriots weren't the only Boston team who received a spot on the top 50. The Red Sox came in at 24th, valued at 1 billion.

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

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Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass.