Cowboys again top NFL teams in value; Eagles still No. 7

NEW YORK - How 'bout them Cowboys? They're No. 1 in something even before the NFL season begins: total value.

The Cowboys are worth $1.65 billion, the most of any U.S.-based sports franchise, according to Forbes magazine's annual rankings. Only Manchester United, of the English Premier League, is worth more worldwide, $1.87 billion.

The Cowboys lead the rankings for the third straight year and are worth $100 million more than the runner-up Washington Redskins. New England is third at $1.361 billion, followed by the New York Giants ($1.183 billion) and Jets ($1.170 billion).

The Eagles remain seventh ($1.123 billion, up from last year's $1.116 billion), behind the Houston Texans. In all, 19 teams are worth at least $1 billion, with the biggest gainer in Forbes' rankings the Patriots, Chargers, Bills and Buccaneers, each at 3 percent.

The league average remains at $1.042 billion. Oakland has the least value, not even reaching half of Dallas' worth. The Raiders are worth $797 million, down 7 percent from the previous year.

Washington has the most revenues, $345 million; the Eagles' revenues total $250 million. At the bottom in revenues is Detroit with $206 million.

 

NFL VALUES

Rk. FranchiseValue

1. Dallas Cowboys. . . $1.650 billion

2. Washington Redskins. . . $1.550 billion

3. New England Patriots. . . $1.361 billion

4. New York Giants. . . $1.183 billion

5. New York Jets. . . $1.170 billion

6. Houston Texans. . . $1,150 billion

7. Eagles. . . $1.123 billion

8. Tampa Bay Bucs. . . $1.085 billion

9. Chicago Bears. . . $1.082 billion

10. Denver Broncos. . . $1.081 billion

11. Baltimore Ravens. . . $1.079 billion

12. Carolina Panthers. . . $1,049 billion

13. Cleveland Browns. . . $1.032 billion

14. Kansas City Chiefs. . . $1.027 billion

15. Indianapolis Colts. . . $1.025 billion

16. Pittsburgh Steelers. . . $1.020 billion

17. Green Bay Packers. . . $1,019 billion

18. Miami Dolphins. . . $1.015 billion

19. Tennessee Titans. . . $1 billion

20. Seattle Seahawks. . . $994 million

21. Cincinnati Bengals. . . $953 million

22. New Orleans Saints. . . $942 million

23. Arizona Cardinals. . . $935 million

24. San Diego Chargers. . . $917 million

25. St Louis Rams. . . $913 million

26. Buffalo Bills. . . $909 million

27. San Francisco 49ers. . . $875 million

28. Detroit Lions. . . $872 million

29. Jacksonville Jaguars. . . $866 million

30. Atlanta Falcons. . . $856 million

31. Minnesota Vikings. . . $835 million

32. Oakland Raiders. . . $797 million