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
The Silver and Black has three Super Bowl rings, but it has not had a winning season since 2002. It has also seen seven different head coaches in the same period.
31 Jacksonville Jaguars - $840 million
The Jaguars owned the worst record of the league last season, finishing with only two wins in 16 games. Their fans have remained loyal though, with attendance at its highest in four years.
30 Buffalo Bills - $870 million
Has it really been two decades since those four straight Super Bowl defeats? The town loves the Bills despite the heartaches, with the state and county paying $95 million to help renovate the stadium
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
Last season, the Falcons had an amazing regular season with 13 wins. State officials also agreed to help fund a new billion-dollar stadium.
25 San Diego Chargers - $949 million
It has been four years since the Chargers finished with a winning season. Attendance has also been falling as a result of the team’s performance.
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
Browns fans hate the Steelers, but they probably hate the fact that the team has had 10 losses in nine of the last 10 years.
21 Minnesota Vikings - $1.007 billion
The Vikings will be unveiling a new stadium soon worth $975 million with significant contributions from the state, the city and the league.
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
The Panthers play in a stadium named after the Bank of America, but it is the taxpayers of Charlotte that will pay for more than half its renovation costs.
17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - $1.067 billion
The Bucs won the Super Bowl a mere 11 years ago, but these days, the team is struggling to sell out its home games. Last year, poor attendance forced a television blackout twice in the season.
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
The team has a young quarterback who put up nice numbers last season. Expect the Seahawks fans to once again generate enough movement to activate a seismic monitoring station.
14 Pittsburgh Steelers - $1.118 billion
The Steelers are one of the most successful teams in the league. Its fans are everywhere, with the team generating the highest attendance for an away team last season.
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
Time was when The Refrigerator was lording it over the NFL. The Bears play in the third largest market in the country, yet has the smallest stadium capacity.
7 Philadelphia Eagles - $1.314 billion
The Eagles proclaimed itself as a dream team two years ago. It hasn’t turned out sweet yet, but with a $125-million investment to renovate the stadium, the team hopes to fulfill on its promise.
6 New York Jets - $1.38 billion
5 Houston Texans - $1.45 billion
The Texans hope to build on last year’s strong season when the team finished with 12 wins.
4 New York Giants - $1.55 billion
The Giants have the other Manning, who also happens to have more Super Bowl rings. Last year, the team had more fans in its home games than any other team other than the Cowboys.
3 Washington Redskins - $1.7 billion
Robert Griffin III. Alfred Morris. The Redskins are back.
2 New England Patriots - $1.8 billion
How huge is this team? The Patriots have the second highest ticket prices in the league, yet every home game has been sold out since 1994.
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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