published Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Cowboys worth more than $3 billion, tops in NFL

In this 2013 photo, the roof is open on the stadium before an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings in Arlington, Texas. Forbes says the Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value. For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, valued at $3.2 billion.
In this 2013 photo, the roof is open on the stadium before an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings in Arlington, Texas. Forbes says the Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value. For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, valued at $3.2 billion.
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Team 2013 2013

Value Rev. O.I.

1.) Dallas 3.2 560 246

2.) New England 2.6 428 147

3.) Washington 2.4 395 143

4.) NY Giants 2.1 353 87

5.) Houston 1.85 339 103

6.) NY Jets 1.8 333 80

7.) Philadelphia 1.75 330 73

8.) Chicago 1.7 309 57

9.) San Francisco 1.6 270 25

10.) Baltimore 1.5 304 57

11.) Denver 1.45 301 31

12.) Indianapolis 1.4 285 61

13.) Green Bay 1.375 299 26

14.) Pittsburgh 1.35 287 52

15.) Seattle 1.33 288 27

16.) Miami 1.3 281 8

17.) Carolina 1.25 283 56

18.) Tampa Bay 1.225 275 46

19.) Tennessee 1.16 278 36

20.) Minnesota 1.15 250 5

21.) Atlanta 1.125 264 13

22.) Cleveland 1.12 276 35

23.) New Orleans 1.11 278 50

24.) Kansas City 1.1 260 10

25.) Arizona 1.0 266 43

26.) San Diego 0.995 262 40

27.) Cincinnati 0.990 258 12

28.) Oakland 0.970 244 43

29.) Jacksonville 0.965 263 57

30.) Detroit 0.960 254 16

31.) Buffalo 0.935 252 38

32.) St. Louis 0.930 250 16

NEW YORK — The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.

For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, according to Forbes. They're valued at $3.2 billion; only Real Madrid at $3.4 billion is worth more among global franchises.

Dallas posted the NFL's highest revenue, $560 million, and operating income, $246 million. That was far ahead of second-place New England, worth $2.6 billion and with $428 million in revenues, $147 million in operating income.

But the Patriots had the biggest increase since last year, up 44 percent in value. Dallas was up 39 percent.

The average NFL franchise value for 2014 is $1.43 billion, the highest in the 17 years the business magazine has tracked professional football. That shows a 23 percent increase, the largest in one year since 1999.

Forbes determines team values using equity plus net debt figures, and accounts for each team's current stadium situation, with adjustments for pending new stadiums and renovations to existing ones.

Washington ($2.4 billion) is third in value, increasing 41 percent since the last rankings, and the New York Giants ($2.1 billion) are fourth.

For the 2013 season, the average NFL team generated record revenue of $299 million and operating income of $53 million. Each franchise received a record $170 million of national revenue, mainly from league broadcasting and licensing fees.

At the bottom are Buffalo, worth $935 million and currently for sale after owner Ralph Wilson's death, and St. Louis at $930 million. But every team increased in worth, the lowest rise being Arizona at 4 percent.

Franchise values of NFL teams before 2014 season, according to Forbes magazine (Value listed in billions; 2013 Revenue and Operating Income listed in millions):

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