The Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars were the biggest gainers in NFL team values among teams on this list, increasing by 19% and 17%, respectively. The Dallas Cowboys were worth $4.2 billion, up 14% from last year. The top 14 teams are worth an average of $3 billion, up 10% over last year.
The NFL’s teams are worth an average of $2.57 billion, up 8% from 2015.
The average NFL team is worth $2.57 billion, according to Forbes’ annual ranking of the National Football League’s franchises. That’s up 8% from last year and a staggering $1.6 billion increase over the past two seasons. In all, the NFL’s teams are worth an average of $2.57 billion—a record high for any U.S.-based professional sports league (for comparison: The NHL’s top 30 teams averaged about 1/4th that amount at roughly $550 million).
Here are some other interesting notes from this year’s report:
- In 2015, only five teams saw their values decrease from 2014—this year there were 10 such teams (a total of 12 saw their values rise).
- Three new teams joined the ranks of those worth more than $3 billion: The Dallas Cowboys ($4 billion.), New England Patriots ($3 billion.), and Green Bay Packers ($3 billion.). The Steelers didn’t make this list; they’re still hovering around $2 billion.
1. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable NFL team, with a total value of $4.2 billion. That’s an increase of $800 million over last year and $2.2 billion since 2011. The team has seen its value increase steadily since owner Jerry Jones bought it in 1989 when it was worth just under $200 million (adjusted for inflation).
The Cowboys have been one of the best teams in football over that period, winning three Super Bowls with Tom Landry as head coach and Hall-of-Famer Troy Aikman at quarterback from 1992 to 1995. They haven’t won another championship since then but have had several successful seasons during this time span, including 13 playoff appearances and 10 division titles in their last 19 years under head coach Jason Garrett (2014–present).
2. New England Patriots
The Patriots are the second most valuable team in the NFL, worth $3.2 billion dollars. The team’s revenue totals $428 million, and it has an operating income of $190 million. It is owned by Robert Kraft, who is also its president and CEO; his son Jonathan serves as chairman and executive vice president for operations for the team. Head coach Bill Belichick has been at the helm since 2000 and has won five Super Bowls during that time period—a record unmatched by any other coach in NFL history (and likely forever).
3. New York Giants
The New York Giants are worth $2.3 billion, up 10% from last year. The Giants are the only team in the NFL with a value over $2 billion and also the only one with a value over one billion dollars.
The New York Giants rank third on this list by revenue, bringing in $624 million dollars per season. They have had 13 seasons of making it to at least the conference championship game (Playoffs), and have won four Super Bowls (the most recent one coming in 2011).
4. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are the only team in the NFL to share its stadium with another team. The 49ers play their home games at Levi’s Stadium, which is also home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team. The capacity for football is about 70,000 people, making it one of the largest stadiums in all professional sports. The 49ers have won five Super Bowls and are worth $3.2 billion dollars as a franchise!
5. Washington Redskins
The Redskins are worth an estimated $2.85 billion and have been owned by Dan Snyder since 1999. The team has made seven Super Bowl appearances, with three wins, but hasn’t been in a Super Bowl since 1992. They play their home games at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, which was built at a cost of $250 million and opened in 1997.
6. Houston Texans
The Houston Texans are the sixth most valuable NFL team, with a team value of $2.6 billion. The Texans saw an increase in their value of 8% for the year, up from $2.4 billion last year, and $240 million in 2017. The team is worth $100 million more than it was two years ago when Forbes valued it at $1.9 billion.
Houston’s valuation has gone up roughly every year since 2013 when they were worth just north of $1 billion; in 2015 they were valued at only approximately $1.5 billion, but they’ve consistently increased its value since then: by roughly 40% since then (2015-19). They also increased in value by approximately 60% over the past five years (2019 vs 2014).
7. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears are the seventh-richest team in the NFL, valued at $2.85 billion. The Bears have a revenue of $271 million and a profit of $39 million, which is an increase of 200% over last year’s numbers.
The Bears are owned by Virginia Halas McCaskey, daughter of George Halas (co-founder). They play their home games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois—the stadium that was built for them back in 1924! It has been their home ever since—through thick and thin…
8. New York Jets
The Jets were founded in 1959, and are currently a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team was established as an American Football League team, but it has since joined NFL.
The Jets have won 2 AFL Championships, 5 AFC Championships, 10 AFC East Division Championships, and 1 Super Bowl title (Super Bowl III).
9. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are worth $2.75 billion, the ninth-highest valued team in the NFL. The team was co-founded by Jay Sorgi and Jeffrey Lurie and is now owned by his son, Josh Sorgi. The Eagles have a female owner and CEO: Christina Weiss Lurie. She is also a minority owner of the team, along with her father and husband (who is also named Josh). The only other NFL teams with women in leadership roles are owned by their founder or family members; none have brought women into ownership after purchasing an existing franchise like Lurie did when she became sole owner of the Eagles following her father’s death in 2012.
10. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are one of football’s most successful teams, with a record six Super Bowl titles. They were founded in 1996 and have been led by its former owner Art Modell since 1999, who stepped down in 2004. Current majority owner Steve Bisciotti took over the team after this, but he has since sold off his shares to the Baltimore Ravens Limited Partnership – a group that includes Bisciotti and several other investors.
The franchise is worth $2.5 billion according to Forbes’ valuation ranking it as 10th most valuable among NFL teams – making its owners some of the richest on earth!
The only non-American-based NFL team to win a Super Bowl was also among the first women-majority-owned sports franchises when Chairman Amy Adams Strunk bought out her father’s stake in 2014. In 2016 they were inducted into the Women’s Football Hall of Fame for their many achievements in promoting gender equality within American football history such as hosting future female role models like Lisa Leslie (WNBA) and Mia Hamm (UWL) during their annual events such as ‘Salute To Service’ where they honor veterans from all service branches including active duty personnel along with retired veterans who served during WWII through Vietnam era war efforts before finally coming back home again today, according to Wikipedia’s page about them being inducted into said Hall of Fame due to their success both on-field (i e winning SB XXXVIII against Rams 17-16) but also off-field work towards closing racial gaps within levels playing field opportunities provided both male or female athletes alike who want play sports professionally but may not have access financially
11. Green Bay Packers
The Packers’ estimated value of $2.55 billion is an 8% increase from last year and the team’s 15th straight annual increase in value. In fact, since 2010, the team has seen a 27% increase in its worth to reach this level of prosperity.
12. Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are an American football team based in the Denver–Aurora metropolitan area. The Broncos compete in the National Football League (NFL), as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The team began to play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), then merged with the NFL in 1970.
13. Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins are one of the most successful NFL franchises. Since their founding in 1966, they have won two Super Bowl championships and made 24 playoff appearances—more than any other team except for the Pittsburgh Steelers (35). The Dolphins play in the AFC East division along with New England, Buffalo, and New York Jets. Their home stadium is Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) North division. Founded in 1933, the Steelers are the oldest franchise in the AFC.
The Steelers have won more Super Bowl titles and appear in more Super Bowls than any other team, with six championships and eight appearances overall. They won their most recent championship—their sixth—on February 1, 2009, when they defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27–23 at Raymond James Stadium; this was their fifth Super Bowl appearance since 2005 and seventh overall under head coach Mike Tomlin
The NFL remains a cash machine, with the average value of its 30 teams rising 8% over the past year to $2.57 billion, according to Forbes’ latest valuations. The Jacksonville Jaguars are the only NFL team whose value has fallen since last year’s list. The team lost $24 million in 2016 due, in part, to moving expenses and stadium renovations.
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