NFL dominates top-50 list in franchise values

The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable franchise in sports, hitting a $4 billion valuation, and the NFL dominated Forbes’ top-50 list with 27 teams making it.

The Dallas Cowboys embrace a slogan as “America’s Team.” This year, they finally broke through as the world’s richest team.

The Cowboys became the first NFL team to lead Forbes’ valuation list of the top-50 sports teams in terms of value, taking over the top spot from soccer teams that have ruled that domain in the past. The Cowboys also became the first sports franchise to hit the $4 billion mark in valuation, up 25 percent from last year’s estimates from Forbes.

NFL teams continue to climb the list and become more valuable while the league continues to rake in 10-figure television deals for broadcast rights to their games that aren’t always exclusive (NFL Network and Twitter are making impressions on the broadcast rights). The TV deals are worth more than $5 billion per year, Forbes says.

Of the top 50 teams on Forbes’ list, NFL teams accounted for 27 of them, including five – the Cowboys, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers – in the top 10. While the Cowboys’ value was up 25 percent from last year’s number, the 49ers were up 69 percent, according to Forbes, after seeing increased revenues from Levi’s Stadium. Of the 27 NFL teams on the list, the Redskins saw the least amount of increase in their value, up 19 percent.

The former No. 1 on the list, soccer club Real Madrid, saw an increase of 12 percent but fell to No. 2 overall as the Cowboys overtook Madrid. Eight soccer clubs made the top 50.

Only seven MLB clubs made the list, topped by the New York Yankees, who ranked fourth overall with a valuation of $3.4 billion. Last year, 12 MLB teams were on the list.

All of the NFL teams in the top 20 overall were valued at more than $2 billion, which is the average value of an NFL franchise, according to the calculations of the financial magazine.

Here are the NFL teams that made the top 50, with their overall ranking and percentage of increase in value in parentheses:

1. Dallas Cowboys – $4 billion (increase of 25 percent)

2. (6 overall) New England Patriots – $3.2 billion (23 percent)

3. (8) Washington Redskins – $2.85 billion (19 percent)

4. (9) New York Giants – $2.8 billion (33 percent)

5. (10) San Francisco 49ers – $2.7 billion (69 percent)

6. (13) New York Jets – $2.6 billion (44 percent)

7. (14) Houston Texans – $2.5 billion (35 percent)

8. (16) Chicago Bears – $2.45 billion (44 percent)

9. (17) Philadelphia Eagles – $2.4 billion (37 percent)

10. (25) Green Bay Packers – $1.95 billion (42 percent)

11. (26) Denver Broncos – $1.94 billion (34 percent)

12. (27) Baltimore Ravens – $1.93 billion (29 percent)

13. (29) Pittsburgh Steelers – $1.9 billion (46 percent)

14. (31) Indianapolis Colts – $1.88 billion (34 percent)

15. (32) Seattle Seahawks – $1.87 billion (41 percent)

16. (33) Miami Dolphins -- $1.85 billion (42 percent)

17. (35) Atlanta Falcons – $1.67 billion (48 percent)

18. (39) Minnesota Vikings – $1.59 billion (38 percent)

19. (40) Carolina Panthers – $1.56 billion (25 percent)

20. (42) Arizona Cardinals – $1.54 billion (54 percent)

21. (43) Kansas City Chiefs – $1.53 billion (39 percent)

22. (44) San Diego Chargers – $1.525 billion (53 percent)

23. (45) New Orleans Saints – $1.515 billion (36 percent)

24. (46) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $1.51 billion (23 percent)

25. (47) Cleveland Browns – $1.5 billion (34 percent)

26. (49) Tennessee Titans – $1.49 billion (28 percent)

27. (50) Jacksonville Jaguars – $1.48 billion (53 percent)

 


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