The National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and National Hockey League all bow down to the National Football League for multiple reasons. Every NFL franchise is, according to a report released by Mike Ozanian of Forbes in September 2015, worth over $1 billion. Despite the fact that NFL regular seasons only last a little over four months for the majority of the teams that do not qualify for postseason play, the league is now a property that is a year-round product. A Super Bowl is followed by an NFL Scouting Combine, which is followed by all that is involved in the NFL Draft. After a draft comes organized team activities, training camp sessions, preseason games and then another season.
Chris Smith of Forbes released a list of the richest owners in the NFL for 2015, and the valuations that are associated with those individuals are staggering. Each of the ten league owners showcased in that list have a net worth of at least $2.8 billion. All of those men have found success outside of the sports world, of course, but they are mostly known to football fans because of the millions upon millions of dollars that they dump into franchises on a yearly basis. Some NFL owners prefer to remain in the shadows, while others have no problem being front and center on fall Sundays and during press conferences.
It is a great time to have any association with the Seattle Seahawks, and team owner Paul Allen has had billions of reasons to smile over the years. Stan Kroenke could become a rather unpopular individual among local fans of the St. Louis Rams if certain rumors are proven to be accurate. While Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has lost the faith of some within the team's fan base only a couple of years after he began the process of purchasing the franchise, Terry Pegula is a hero among football fans in western New York for making sure that the Buffalo Bills are staying put.
10 Jimmy Haslam - Net Worth: $2.8 Billion
9 Steve Bisciotti - Net Worth: $3.2 Billion
8 Robert McNair - Net Worth: $3.3 Billion
7 Terry Pegula - Net Worth: $4 Billion
6 Robert Kraft - Net Worth: $4.8 Billion
5 Jerry Jones - Net Worth: $5 Billion
4 Shahid Khan - Net Worth: $5.6 Billion
3 Stephen Ross - Net Worth: $6.7 Billion
2 Stan Kroenke - Net Worth: $7.6 Billion
1 Paul Allen - Net Worth: $17.8 Billion
When you are a co-founder of a company such as Microsoft, you can own pretty much anything you want. That includes NFL team the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers of the NBA. Paul Allen also owns a part of MLS club the Seattle Sounders. The Seahawks have been a dream franchise to own over the past several years, as the 'Hawks have been a title contender that won a Super Bowl and a pair of conference championships over the past two seasons, not to mention a team that draws Seattle fans wherever it plays. It has to be asked: Would Allen have handed the ball off to Marshawn Lynch at the one-yard line late in Super Bowl XLIX?
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