The NFL’s presence in the Forbes Most Valuable Sports Team list is clear cut. Out of the team’s 32 NFL franchises, 30 of them made the cut. The most valuable team in the NFL was the Dallas Cowboys, with a value of $2.1 billion. The only NFL franchise to cross the $2 billion mark. The next most valuable franchise was the New England Patriots at $1.635 billion, almost $500 million behind Dallas.
The two teams to miss the list were the St. Louis Rams and the Jacksonville Jaguars. They however would’ve been listed at #51 and #52.
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.
The average team on the list is worth $1.24 billion, up 16% from last year. The are 33 teams worth more than $1 billion versus 24 in 2012. Two years ago no team passed $2 billion, now there are 5 over that threshold including 2 over $3 billion.