The sporting world is a big business, and in the United States, it does not get any bigger than American football. Here are the most valuable franchises in the National Football League, or NFL.
32. Oakland Raiders – $825 million
31. Jacksonville Jaguars – $840 million
30. Buffalo Bills – $870 million
29. St. Louis Rams – $875 million
The team used to be billed as the greatest show on turf after successful campaigns during the turn of the century. It may soon leave St. Louis however as negotiations to renovate the stadium has stalled.
28. Detroit Lions – $900 million
Last year, the Lions operated at a loss of $3.5 million. It has signed quarterback Matthew Stafford until 2017 with the hope of leading the franchise to glory.
27. Cincinnati Bengals – $924 million
Back in the 80’s, the Bengals lost two Super Bowls to the 49ers by a total of nine points. The team has struggled lately and was forced to slash ticket prices last year to help boost attendance by 24 percent.
26. Atlanta Falcons – $933 million
25. San Diego Chargers – $949 million
24. Arizona Cardinals – $961 million
The Cardinals hope to forget last season’s debacle when they lost 11 of the last 12 games. The team now has a new head coach in Bruce Arians, last year’s Coach of the Year awardee while in an interim capacity with the Colts.
23. New Orleans Saints – $1.004 billion
Sean Payton is back from suspension, and the Saints also have an additional $392 million in revenue after completing a complex lease agreement that will run through 2025.
22. Cleveland Browns – $1.005 billion
21. Minnesota Vikings – $1.007 billion
20. Kansas City Chiefs – $1.009 billion
The Chiefs went through a rough season and the team’s owners decided that they need a new direction. In comes Andy Reid as coach and Alex Smith as quarterback. John Dorsey also transferred from the Packers to help run the team.
19. Tennessee Titans – $1.055 billion
During the 1999 season, the Titans produced the “Music City Miracle” before coming up one yard short of forcing the Super Bowl to overtime. Its home stadium has been spruced up in hopes of rekindling the magic.
18. Carolina Panthers – $1.057 billion
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $1.067 billion
16. Miami Dolphins – $1.074 billion
Miami is still the owner of the only perfect year capping with a Super Bowl win in the NFL. Florida is not too sunshiny about the Dolphins anymore, turning down a move for a one-cent hike in hotel bed tax to help renovate the stadium.
15. Seattle Seahawks – $1.081 billion
14. Pittsburgh Steelers – $1.118 billion
13. Denver Broncos – $1.161 billion
12. Green Bay Packers – $1.183 billion
Cheeseheads will always love its Packers, and with Aaron Rodgers leading the way, it hopes to make an impact this coming season.
11. Indianapolis Colts – $1.2 billion
Talk about good luck, the team landed Andrew Luck that made Peyton Manning’s departure a little bit easier to digest.
10. San Francisco 49ers – $1.224 billion
9. Baltimore Ravens – $1.227 billion
The Ravens barely survived the conference semifinals game against the Broncos, but ended up with the Super Bowl. Joe Flacco was rewarded with a huge contract, but with the departure of some key players, can they do it again?
8. Chicago Bears – $1.252 billion
7. Philadelphia Eagles – $1.314 billion
6. New York Jets – $1.38 billion
5. Houston Texans – $1.45 billion
4. New York Giants – $1.55 billion
3. Washington Redskins – $1.7 billion
Robert Griffin III. Alfred Morris. The Redskins are back.
2. New England Patriots – $1.8 billion
1. Dallas Cowboys – $2.3 billion
America’s team just got bigger with a $500-million deal with AT&T for naming rights for 25 years to the stadium.
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