According to Forbes.com the overall value of NFL teams fell 2% last season to $1.02 billion. This is the first time teams overall worth declined since Forbes started tracking team values in 1998. Where do you think your San Francisco 49ers ranked?
The 49ers are worth $925 million and rank 22nd in league value. When you see where the 49ers rank you might think revenue fell for the team. They were however one of only five NFL teams to be worth more this year than last. The 49ers value increased 6%. The NFL team with the best value is the Dallas Cowboys at $1.805 billion. Our Bay Area rivals Oakland Raiders ranked second to last in value at $758 million down 5% from last year.
The fact that the 49ers gained in overall value during what is being called the Great Recession is good for the team. The 49ers had been picked the last couple of years to finally end their losing ways and return to the playoffs which might have contributed to the teams rise in overall value, especially last season. The 49ers finished 8-8 last season and didn’t make the playoffs but had their first non-losing season in seven years. Before the start of last season there were high expectations for the 49ers to make the playoffs which might explain the increased value of the team with more fans pouring through the turnstile. With the prospect of a new stadium in 2012 the 49ers value could go up by $200 million according to Forbes.com. As much as I dislike 49ers President Jed York’s insistence on not building a new stadium in San Francisco I commend him and the organization for making the 49ers one of the few profitable teams in the NFL last season.
49ers value by the numbers
Revenue: $226 mil
Operating Income: $21.0 mil
Player Expenses: $136 mil
Gate Receipts: $44 mil
Team Value: $925 million
NFL’s Top-Ten Most Valuable Teams:
- Dallas Cowboys ($1.8 billion)
- Washington Redskins ($1.6 billion)
- New England Patriots ($1.4 billion)
- New York Giants ($1.2 billion)
- Houston Texans ($1.2 billion)
- New York Jets (1.1 billion)
- Philadelphia Eagles ($1.1billion)
- Baltimore Ravens ($1.1 billion)
- Chicago Bears ($1.1 billion)
- Denver Broncos ($1 billion)