The Dallas Cowboys top the Forbes NFL Franchise Valuations list for the seventh consecutive year, once again making them the most valuable team in the league. The Cowboys are worth a jaw-dropping $2.3 billion dollars, not bad considering owner Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989 for $150 million. Not that they really needed it, but the $500 million dollars AT&T paid them for the naming rights to their four-year-old stadium helped widen the gap between them and the rest of the league.
The New England Patriots come in second, with a value of $1.8 billion. Five conference championships and three Super Bowl rings since 2000, combined with having sold out every home game since 1994 no doubt helps.
Something that is very clear from looking at the list is that it’s good to be in the NFC East. All of the conference members are ranked seventh or higher: (1) Dallas Cowboys – $2.3 billion, (3) Washington Redskins – $1.7 billion, (4) New York Giants – $1.55 billion, (7) Philadelphia Eagles – $1.31 billion.
The Houston Texans are a team on the rise, coming in at fifth place on this year’s list with a value of $1.45 billion. While things on the field have not been good for the Jets lately, they still are in the sixth spot with a value of $1.38 billion.
The rest of the top ten rounds out with Chicago Bears ($1.25 billion) at number eight, the defending champion Baltimore Ravens ($1.22 billion) at nine, and the San Francisco 49ers ($1.2 billion) at ten.
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