Most Valu­able NFL Teams

Forbes - - Sportsmoney -

HOW PROS­PER­OUS has the Na­tional Football League be­come? The av­er­age fran­chise is now worth $2 bil­lion—up 38% over last year and 93% since 2010—while even the sad-sack Bu­falo Bills, the league’s least valu­able team, is worth $1.4 bil­lion. The av­er­age Ma­jor League Base­ball and Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion fran­chises, by con­trast, are worth $1.2 bil­lion and $1.1 bil­lion, re­spec­tively.

One big rea­son for football’s dom­i­nance: the money geyser of block­buster TV rat­ings. The league’s 32 teams shared $4.4 bil­lion in na­tional broad­cast­ing rev­enue last sea­son, com­pared with just $1.1 bil­lion for MLB and $974 mil­lion for the NBA. (The lat­ter’s new TV deal will, how­ever, av­er­age $2.5 bil­lion a year start­ing with the 2016–17 sea­son.)

Its seem­ingly end­less sup­ply of of-feld prob­lems notwith­stand­ing, the NFL opens its sea­son as the undis­puted colos­sus of Amer­i­can sports. Who’s ready for some football? Just about ev­ery­one, ap­par­ently.

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NEW YORK JETS / ROBERT WOOD JOHN­SON IV / $383 / $118.4

HOUS­TON TEX­ANS / ROBERT MCNAIR / $383 / $114.6

CHICAGO BEARS / MCCASKEY FAM­ILY / $352 / $85.7

PHILADELPHIA EA­GLES / JEFFREY LURIE / $370 / $88.7

GREEN BAY PACK­ERS / SHARE­HOLDER-OWNED / $347 / $63.3

DEN­VER BRON­COS / PAT BOWLEN TRUST / $346 / $65.8

BAL­TI­MORE RAVENS / STEPHEN BIS­CIOTTI / $345 / $59.8

PITTSBURGH STEEL­ERS / DANIEL ROONEY, ART ROONEY II / $334 / $54.0

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS COLTS / JAMES IR­SAY / $321 / $90.1

SEAT­TLE SEAHAWKS / PAUL ALLEN / $334 / $43.6

MI­AMI DOL­PHINS / STEPHEN ROSS / $322 / $41.5

AT­LANTA FAL­CONS / ARTHUR BLANK / $303 / $25.4

MIN­NESOTA VIK­INGS / ZYG­MUNT WILF / $281 / $34.5

CAROLINA PAN­THERS / JERRY RICHARD­SON, CAROLINA PSLFC / $325 / $77.8

20 ARI­ZONA CAR­DI­NALS / WIL­LIAM BID­WILL / $308 / $57.2

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS / LA­MAR HUNT FAM­ILY / $307 / $48.6

22 SAN DIEGO CHARG­ERS / SPANOS FAM­ILY / $304 / $64.8

23 NEW OR­LEANS SAINTS / THOMAS BEN­SON / $322 / $70.0

24 TAMPA BAY BUC­CA­NEERS / GLAZER FAM­ILY / $313 / $55.2

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