The NFL season is underway, and fans couldn’t be more excited. It’s the excitement the sport generates that has helped make it increasingly popular in recent years. Football’s fan base is growing, and those lucky individuals who are fortunate enough to own a franchise are certainly reaping the benefits.
It’s fair to say that anyone who owns a professional sports team is doing quite well. However, even in the world of sports, there is a hierarchy. In other words, not all teams are created or valued equally. With that in mind, we are going to examine the top of the heap and take a look at the ten most valuable NFL franchises according to Investopedia.
The Philadelphia Eagles are flying high after capturing the Lombardi Trophy just two seasons ago. The 86-year-old franchise was founded back in 1933 and currently play their home games at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Eagles have not only been successful on the field; they have also been extremely profitable. This is due in part to the fact that they have sold out every home game dating back to 1999. As a result, Eagle’s current owner Jeffrey Lurie has been able to bring in the big bucks. Heading into the 2019 season, the franchise is worth an impressive $2.75 billion.
Of all the teams on our list, the Houston Texans are perhaps the most surprising. For one thing, the team has only been around since 1999, making them the newest franchise on the list by a fairly wide margin. Moreover, they are also the only team in the NFL who has never appeared in a conference championship. However, they have made several playoff appearances and plenty of money for their owner.
The team's first (and longtime) owner Bob McNair passed away in 2018. His wife Janice and sone D.Carl are now running the show in Houston. They may not have a national following, but the Texans are still worth a cool $2.8 billion, thanks to savvy management.
On August 14, 1959, the team now known as the New York Jets was founded. Despite their name, the Jets play their home games in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as opposed to New York. The Jets have struggled on the field in recent years. In fact, they haven’t been to the playoffs since 2010. However, it would appear that winning isn’t everything when it comes to running a profitable NFL franchise.
Currently, the Jets are owned by two brothers, Woody and Christopher Joseph. Despite the team's recent struggles, the two men have benefited from being a large market team and having a loyal fan base. At press time, the Jets franchise is valued at roughly $2.85 billion.
The Chicago Bears are one of only two franchises that date back to the leagues founding in 1920. For those who may be wondering, the other team is the Arizona Cardinals. After a lengthy playoff drought, the Bears returned to the postseason last year and are poised to do big things in 2019. However, win, lose, or draw, the Bear have a huge national following and always bring in a steady cash flow.
Their current owner is 96-year-old Virginia McCaskey who is the daughter of the Bear’s legendary coach and owner, George Halas. ‘The Monsters of the Midway’ currently have a net worth of $2.9 billion.
The San Francisco 49ers are far from new kids on the block. If fact, the franchise dates all the way back to 1946. While they’ve hit a bit of a rough patch in recent years, they were one of the most dominant franchises of the 1980s, having won 4 Super Bowl titles during the decade. They have also produced legendary players like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.
Their last playoff appearance may have come back in 2013, but that certainly hasn’t stopped the money from rolling in. The team is currently owned by the husband and wife duo of Denise DeBartolo and John York. The 49ers are currently valued at $3.05 billion.
As with most the teams on our list, the Washington Redskins have been around a while – 87 years to be exact. While Washington is part of the franchises name, they actually play in Landover, Maryland at FedEx Field. The storied franchise captured three Super Bowl titles in 1982, 1987, and 1991.
The Skins have long been one of the most popular teams in the league, much to the delight of their owner, Daniel Snyder. This historic, big-market team has managed to become quite valuable over the years. Heading into 2019, the Washington Redskins are worth an impressive $3.1 billion – making them the fifth most valuable NFL team.
The Los Angles Rams fell just short of capturing the Lombard Trophy last season when they were defeated in the Super Bowl by the New England Patriots. That being said, they still have a bright future with a talented, young head coach in Sean McVay and the leagues best running back Todd Gurley. They also still have their Super Bowl XXXIV victory to reminisce about.
Moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles appears to have been a good move for the team, financially speaking. The franchise saw the largest increase in value, seven percent, from 2018 to 2019. While Stan Kroenke’s team is already the fourth most valuable in the NFL, if their momentum continues, the Rams could find themselves even further down our list in the coming years.
The New York Giants have been looming large since their inception back in 1925. The “G-Men” currently share a stadium (Metlife) with their neighbors, the New York Jets and also play home games in East Rutherford, New Jerseys. The franchise has four Super Bowl victories to their credit and last hoisted the Lombardi Trophy back in 2011.
The historic team is currently owned by a pair of prominent businessmen by the names of John Mara and Steve Tisch. Being in a major market, the Giants receive a good deal of media attention and have a large fan base, which certainly helps their bottom line. At present, the team is worth $3.3 billion.
Over much of the last two decades, the New England Patriots have set the standard for excellence in the National Football League. The franchise has won an eye-popping six Super Bowls since 2001 – more than any other team over that span. Head coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have helped make New England a contender seemingly on an annual basis.
The Pat's success in recent years has helped create a bandwagon that’s overflowing with fans. Not only are they the most successful franchise in recent memory; they are the second most valuable. Owner Robert Kraft’s team is currently valued at around $3.8 billion.
Anyone who follows the NFL would have probably guessed that the Dallas Cowboys are the leagues most valuable team. The fact they are relative newcomers to the NFL, having debuted in 1960, hasn’t stopped the Cowboys from earning the nickname (though it’s often disputed by rival fans) “America’s Team.”
The Cowboys are one of the most recognized names in all of professional sports and have a fanbase spanning the globe. Owner Jerry Jones has played a major role in turning the Dallas Cowboys into a financial powerhouse worth an incredible $5 billion. To put that in perspective, the Boys are worth $1.2 billion more than the next most profitable team in the league.