Mo Touch Downs, Mo Money
It’s no surprise that football is one of the most lucrative sports in history. In 2015, the National Football League reportedly raked in $11 billion in revenue. Sunday’s are now religiously spent at stadiums and bars with the nation rooting for their home team. With the popularity of the NFL and football never having been higher, it’s not a bad time to be an owner of an NFL franchise.
Every club in the league currently has a value of over $1 billion and that number is constantly rising. Factors such as location, popularity of the team, and how well or how poorly that team has performed in recent years all affect how much that club is worth. We’ve compiled a list, from least to greatest of how much each NFL team is worth in 2016.
Buffalo Bills Value: $1.5 Billion
Owner: Terry & Kim Pegula
Price Paid: $1.4 Billion
Terry Pegula and his wife became heroes among local football fans when the owners of National Hockey League franchise, the Buffalo Sabres, swooped in and bought the Buffalo Bills. They last made the postseason in 1999 and as horrendous as their track record is, they still managed to set a team record for season-ticket sales last year.
Detroit Lions Value: $1.65 Billion
Owner: Martha Firestone Ford
Price Paid: $5 Million
When longtime Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. died in 2014, most expected his son Bill Ford Jr. to continue to run the team with his mother in the background. However, 90-year-old Martha Firestone Ford continues to be in charge. The Lions have been a disappointment for decades having only two winning seasons over the past 15 years (2010 and 2014) and have not won a playoff game since the 1991 season.
Cincinnati Bengals Value: $1.675 Billion
Owner: Michael Brown
Price Paid: $8 Million
We see the Bengals as the weird stepchild of the NFL. They’ve made the playoffs five straight seasons, but couldn’t hold up to their rivals and lost in the first round each time to extend its playoff losing streak to seven games. By 2017, the 26-year lease between the team and county expires, and the county will have spent $1.1 billion on the deal for the Bengals to play in Cincinnati. Yikes.