Forbes: Colts rank as NFL’s 20th most valuable team

Forbes estimates the Dallas Cowboys are the NFL’s most valuable franchise, with a value of $5.7 billion, the 14th consecutive year they’ve held that distinction.

The Indianapolis Colts are ranked 2oth on this year’s Forbes list out of 32 NFL teams, with a value of $2.85 billion, up 8% from a year ago. The magazine said the Colts have operating income of $67 million.

According to Forbes, the Jerry Jones-owned Cowboys are the most valuable sports franchise in the world.

After the Cowboys, the six-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are second in the league, at $4.4 billion, followed by the New York Giants at $4.3 billion, the Los Angeles Rams at $4 billion and the San Francisco 49ers at $3.8 billion.

Rounding out the top 10 are the New York Jets ($3.55 billion), Chicago Bears ($3.52 billion), Washington ($3.5 billion), Philadelphia Eagles ($3.4 billion) and Houston Texans ($3.3 billion).

The teams with the biggest jumps from last year include the Jets, Eagles and Seahawks, all at 11%.

The bottom three teams are the Detroit Lions ($2.1 billion) at No. 30, followed by the Buffalo Bills ($2.05 billion) and the Cincinnati Bengals, who finished last in the standings at 2-14 in 2019 and are worth $2 billion. They are also the only franchise without any increase from last year.

The Colts finished behind the No. 19 Atlanta Falcons ($2.875 billion) and ahead of No. 21 Los Angeles Chargers ($2.6 billion).

On average, each team in the NFL is worth $3.05 billion, an increase of 7% from last year. And four teams (Cowboys, Giants, Patriots and Rams) are worth at least $4 billion.

The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs are No. 23 at $2.5 billion, an increase of 9% from last year.

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5 thoughts on “Forbes: Colts rank as NFL’s 20th most valuable team

  1. Let’s remember this when Irsay asks for upgrades to LOS. Assuming $2.85 billion valuation, he could sell a minority interest in the team and the proceeds would be sufficient to build a new stadium.

  2. Is it prestige, or income, or trickle-down effects that so bonds cities to teams, enough so that continued local funding for improved or new temples to sport continue with little detraction while a few pennies to invest in education or infrastructure that would by far effect long term benefits for a much broader base is met with fierce debate.

    1. Excellent question Derek. I am a sports fan but it is hard to argue your point and it seems to be the status quo by our political leaders and many citizens also. I have come to accept the fact that our priorities are way out of whack in our society today and that the masses have come to the point that they have embraced the religion of sports so much that it has skewed their values and priorities to the point that we now worship at the temple of athletic prowess and have largely replaced our intrinsic self-worth, status, and popularity with our obsession with the Gods of sports. It is a snapshot in time of where we are as a society. Will the current pushback by fans with the politicalization of sports be an indicator of a reversing of this trend? It will be interesting to see. Like TV, social media, and other pass times, perhaps a thinking person will come to reason that we do not really need all of this “entertainment” and that we can be really quite happy without it all.

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