Forbes Magazine, which likes to list all things financial, came out with its NFL franchise values this week.
And, no surprise, the New England Patriots are worth a lot.
The Patriots were ranked second on Forbes list, with a franchise value of $2.6 billion. They had revenues of $428 million in 2013, with an operating income of $147 million.
The Dallas Cowboys topped the list, valued at $3.2 billion. Only one sports franchise in the world – Real Madrid – is worth more, at $3.4 billion.
Rounding out the NFL Top Five: Washington ($2.4 billion), New York Giants ($2.1 billion) and the Houston Texans ($1.85 billion).
Last among the NFL’s 32 teams? The St. Louis Rams, at $930 million.
According to Forbes, the average NFL team is worth $1.43 billion this year – an increase of 23 percent over last year. It is also the highest average value since Forbes started tracking NFL franchises 17 years ago.
The Cowboys topped the list for the eighth consecutive year and are called “a marketing juggernaut” by Forbes. They had the NFL’s highest revenue ($560 million) and operating income ($246 million) in 2013.
The Patriots have been one of the NFL’s most successful franchises since 2001, when Tom Brady became the starting quarterback in Bill Belichick’s second year as New England’s head coach. The team has won 11 AFC East championships, five AFC championships and three Super Bowl titles with Brady and Belichick.
Beyond that, the Patriots have a 216-game sellout streak, dating back to old Foxboro Stadium. Team owner Robert Kraft owns Gillette Stadium and its surrounding shopping and entertainment plazas.