Forbes valued the Colts at $1.08 billion, a significant jump from last year’s $911 million. Only the New York Jets and New York Giants had bigger percentage gains than the Colts. Those two teams will be moving into a new $1.3 billion stadium in 2010. No team had a bigger ratings jump than the Colts.
The Dallas Cowboys, who will move into a new stadium next year, were rated most valuable at $1.61 billion. The Washington Redskins were second with a $1.54 valuation, followed by the New England Patriots at $1.32 billion, New York Giants at $1.18 billion and New York Jets at $1.17 billion. The Houston Texans at $1.13 billion and Philadelphia Eagles at $1.12 billion are the other teams ahead of the Colts. The Chicago Bears at $1.06 billion and Baltimore Ravens at $1.06 billion round out the top 10.
The average NFL team is now worth more than $1 billion, marking the first time any professional sports league has passed over that barrier. The 2008 average, according to Forbes, is $1.04 billion, up 8.7 percent from last year. When Forbes first started valuing NFL teams 10 years ago, the average team valuation was $288 million. Forbes said the valuations are calculated using multiples of revenue based on historical transactions.