Cowboys' value climbs to $4.8 billion atop Forbes' NFL list

Ruben Hill
September 18, 2017

Per Forbes' annual NFL valuation rankings, the Jaguars are the 25-most valuable franchise in the league at $2.075 billion, up six percent from past year.

Forbes says the value of the Bills was up 7 percent since previous year, better than 13 other teams, but they were still looking up at the Detroit Lions ($1.7 billion) in 31st place.

Jerry Jones paid $140 million for the Cowboys and Cowboys Stadium in 1989, which means the team is worth roughly 17 times more than what he paid for it, factoring for inflation.

The average team is now worth $2.52 billion, according to Forbes. Since moving from San Diego, the team's value has gone from $2.08 billion to $2.275 billion. Only one team, the New York Jets, had a value ($2.75 billion) that stayed the same as previous year.

Rounding out the top five most valuable National Football League teams: the Patriots ($3.7 billion), Giants ($3.3 billion), Redskins ($3.1 billion) and 49ers ($3.05 billion).

It seems that the trick to increasing your team's value is to open a new stadium. Although the Los Angeles Rams got a huge boost when they moved to L.A. in 2016 - they jumped from the 28th most valuable team to the sixth most valuable - the Chargers only saw a slight increase.

Now worth $3.7 billion, the Patriots are tied with the New York Yankees for the second most valuable sports team in the world. The Manchester United ($3.69 billion) and FC Barcelona ($3.64 billion) complete the world top five ranking.

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