The San Francisco 49ers are the 17th most valuable sports franchise in the world, according to Forbes’ yearly list. Since 2010, the Niners have climbed from 34th to 17th in value thanks to a highly successful team and the new Levi’s Stadium that is slated to open in time for the 2014 NFL season.
The National Football League dominated the list with 30 of its 32 teams making the top-50 list by Forbes with only the Jacksonville Jaguars and division rival St. Louis Rams not making the list.
Manchester United topped the list at an estimated value of of $2.23 billion and the Dallas Cowboys are the top valued NFL franchise estimated at $2.1 billion.
The 49ers resurgence to an elite franchise thanks to 49ers CEO Jed York, General Manager Trent Baalke and Head Coach Jim Harbaugh along with stars at almost every position on the field allowed the 49ers to secure the funding for the new Levi’s Stadium that will immediately increase the value of the franchise and put their revenue towards the top of the NFL once Levi’s Stadium is built.
A return to the Super Bowl and a victory will only increase the value of the franchise and more importantly to its fans: A return to prominence that the 49ers have not seen since the ’94-’95 season when they defeated the San Diego Chargers for their fifth Super Bowl victory.