Every year Forbes ranks the world’s Top 50 most valuable sports teams. American sports dominate the top 50 list, accounting for 42 out of the 50 teams. The NFL in particular dominates the list. Out of the top 50 teams, 30 are NFL. Only two NFL teams missed the Top 50, and Forbes noted that they would come in at #51 and #52 on the list.
The Dallas Cowboys were the NFL’s most valuable franchise (#5 overall), and the only one to come in over the $2 billion mark at $2.1 billion. And their division the NFC East is the most valuable according to Forbes.
Out of the 4 teams in the NFC East, 3 were in the top 10 and the lowest one was #15.
Following the Cowboys, the Washington Redskins came in at #8 with a value of $1.6 billion. The New York Giants were #9 on the list at $1.48 billion and the Philadelphia Eagles brought up the rear at #15 with a value of $1.26 billion.
Out of the top 7 valued NFL teams, 4 are from the NFC East.
The AFC East has two in the top 7. The New England Patriots at #6 were the second ranked NFL team at $1.635 billion and the New York Jets came in at #14 (#6 amongst NFL teams) at $1.284 billion.
The NFC East actually has 3 out of the Top 4 valued NFL franchises.
The Cowboys have been ranked as the NFL’s most valuable franchise since 2007, six years running now. What benefits them is they league’s highest sponsorship and premium seating revenues, which add up to $200 million.
There are almost 3 times as many NFL teams on the list as the NBA, MLB and NHL combined.