Current Value of NFL Teams

Acquiring a professional sports team is the latest investment strategy that is currently sweeping the market. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion is one such acquisition that happened recently. One of the main reason for this is that professional teams are huge moneymakers.   The average NFL team is currently worth $1.1 billion, up 25 percent from last year, according to a new report from Forbes. That is the highest amount in the 17 years Forbes has tracked NFL team finances, and the biggest annual increase since 1999. In comparison, Major League Baseball teams have an average value of $811 million, followed by the National Basketball Association at $634 million.

"There is a widening wealth gap in the NFL due to the piles of cash big market teams generate from modern stadiums and the premium a buyer would be willing to pay for entry into the most elite U.S. sports league in a big city,” explains Mike Ozanian, staff writer, Forbes.

In terms of generating revenue, in 2014 the Cowboys generated revenue of $620 million–a record for a U.S. sports team–and ranked first in the NFL in average attendance (90,000), premium seating revenue ($120 million) and stadium revenue generated from non-NFL events ($30 million)

Team Owner Sale Year Sales Price Adj. for Inflation Current Value
Arizona Cardinals William Bidwill 1932 $50,000.00 $847,000,000.00 $961,000,000.00
Atlanta Falcons Arthur Blank 2002 $545,000,000.00 $708,712,613.78 $933,000,000.00
Baltimore Ravens Stephen Bisciotti 2004 $600,000,000.00 $742,574,257.43 $1,500,000,000.00
Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Trust 1959 $25,000.00 $201,612.90 $870,000,000.00
Carolina Panthers Jerry Richardson 1993 $206,000,000.00 $333,333,333.33 $1,057,000,000.00
Chicago Bears McCaskey Family 1920 $100.00 $1,162.79 $1,700,000,000.00
Cincinnati Bengals Michael Brown 1967 $8,000,000.00 $55,944,055.94 $924,000,000.00
Cleveland Browns Jimmy Haslam 2012 $1,000,000,000.00 $1,018,329,938.90 $1,005,000,000.00
Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones 1989 $150,000,000.00 $283,018,867.92 $3,200,000,000.00
Denver Broncos Patrick Bowlen 1984 $78,000,000.00 $175,000,000.00 $1,161,000,000.00
Detroit Lions William Clay Ford 1964 $4,000,000.00 $30,075,187.97 $900,000,000.00
Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers, Inc. 1919 $50.00 $675.68 $1,183,000,000.00
Houston Texans Robert McNair 1999 $700,000,000.00 $981,767,180.93 $1,850,000,000.00
Indianapolis Colts James Irsay 1972 $15,000,000.00 $83,798,882.68 $1,200,000,000.00
Jacksonville Jaguars Shahid Khan 2012 $770,000,000.00 $784,114,052.95 $840,000,000.00
Kansas City Chiefs Lamar Hunt Family 1960 $25,000.00 $196,850.39 $1,009,000,000.00
Miami Dolphins Stephen Ross 2008 $1,100,000,000.00 $1,194,353,963.08 $1,074,000,000.00
Minnesota Vikings Zygmunt Wilf 2005 $600,000,000.00 $718,562,874.25 $1,007,000,000.00
New England Patriots Robert Kraft 1994 $172,000,000.00 $271,293,375.39 $2,600,000,000.00
New Orleans Saints Tom Benson 1985 $70,000,000.00 $152,173,913.04 $1,004,000,000.00
New York Giants John Mara/Steve Tisch 1929 $500.00 $6,849.32 $2,100,000,000.00
New York Jets Robert Wood Johnson IV 2000 $635,000,000.00 $861,601,085.48 $1,800,000,000.00
Oakland Raiders Mark Davis 1966 $25,000.00 $179,856.12 $825,000,000.00
Philadelphia Eagles Jeffrey Lurie 1994 $185,000,000.00 $291,798,107.26 $1,750,000,000.00
Pittsburgh Steelers Rooney Family 1933 $2,500.00 $44,642.86 $1,118,000,000.00
San Diego Chargers Spanos Family 1984 $70,000,000.00 $157,657,657.66 $949,000,000.00
San Francisco 49ers Jed York 1977 $13,000,000.00 $50,193,050.19 $1,600,000,000.00
Seattle Seahawks Paul Allen 1997 $194,000,000.00 $282,798,833.82 $1,081,000,000.00
St. Louis Rams Stanley Kroenke 2010 $750,000,000.00 $803,858,520.20 $875,000,000.00
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Glazer Family 1995 $192,000,000.00 $294,478,527.61 $1,067,000,000.00
Tennessee Titans Kenneth Adams Jr 1959 $25,000.00 $201,612.90 $1,055,000,000.00
Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder 1999 $750,000,000.00 $1,051,893,408.13 $2,400,000,000.00