Bears rated as eighth most valuable NFL franchise
Reuters 2:52 PM CDT, September 5, 2012
The Chicago Bears rank as the eighth most valuable NFL franchise with a value of $1.19 billion, according to an annual survey released by Forbes on Wednesday.
The Dallas Cowboys became the first North American sports franchise worth over $2 billion and remained the most valuable NFL team for a sixth consecutive year, according to the survey. Despite failing to make the playoffs for the last two seasons, the Cowboys had their value rise to $2.10 billion, a 14 percent jump from last year and nearly double the league average of $1.11 billion.
The New England Patriots ($1.63 billion), Washington Redskins ($1.60 billion), Super Bowl champion New York Giants ($1.46 billion) and Houston Texans ($1.30 billion) rounded out the top five.
Forbes said the average value of the NFL's 32 teams rose seven percent from last year because of new television deals, a new labor agreement and higher premium seating revenue.
Approval for new stadiums helped the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers record the biggest increases in value. The Vikings' value shot 22 percent higher to $975 million, putting them 22nd on the list, while the 49ers were ninth after their value rose 19 percent to $1.17 billion.
English Premier League soccer club Manchester United is the world's most valuable sports team, according to a Forbes report released earlier this year that said the Red Devils were worth $2.23 billion.
The 10 most valuable NFL teams for 2012
1. Dallas Cowboys, $2.10 billion
2. New England Patriots, $1.63 billion
3. Washington Redskins, $1.60 billion
4. New York Giants, $1.46 billion
5. Houston Texans, $1.30 billion
6. New York Jets, $1.28 billion
7. Philadelphia Eagles, $1.26 billion
8. Chicago Bears, $1.19 billion
9. San Francisco 49ers, $1.17 billion
10. Green Bay Packers, $1.16 billion
can anyone tell me why the redskins are in the top 3
Originally Posted by the benjamin
Their location, their fan support and lengthy waiting list for season tickets and their stadium.
Originally Posted by Mutal Munem
Actually two of the best guys to answer that question are Bear Goggles and Bear Stuff. They live nearby and have a better handle on it than I do 2000 miles away.
I'm getting to that age where a lifetime warranty just doesn't mean as much to me anymore as an afternoon nap. Honey Badger Don't Care. Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit.
If the Bears were run correctly there is no reason they couldn't be worth as much as the Cowboys are. We have the 2nd largest NFL market, the 3rd largest US TV market, a huge/loyal/rabid fanbase that is nation wide not just local and have an iconic jersey and a good team history. The only thing keeping them back is the small stadium(thanks Mc's/Illinios shady politicians) and shoddy mismanagement over the last 20 years(all on the mc's)
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It wouldn't be the Bears if it wasn't for the shitty mismanagement, Ric. lol