Every year about this time, Forbes magazine ranks 50 the most valuable sports franchises in the world. This year, the Chicago Bears ranked 14th among all sports franchises and 9th among all NFL teams. It’s pretty impressive when you think about it, even though the Bears actually slipped from their 13th ranking last year. At least they held their #9 position among NFL teams.
Here’s the list of the top 10 NFL teams. (Overall ranking in parenthesis)
- Dallas Cowboys (2), $1.81 billion
- Washington Redskins (4), $1.55 billion
- New England Patriots (6), $1.37 billion
- New York Giants (7), $1.18 billion
- Houston Texans (9), $1.17 billion
- New York Jets, (10) $1.14 billion
- Philadelphia Eagles (11), $1.12 billion
- Baltimore Ravens (12), $1.07 billion
- Chicago Bears (14), $1.07 billion
- Denver Broncos (15), $1.04 billion
I still can’t understand how teams like the Texans, Eagles and Ravens rank ahead of the charter franchise in the league. All 32 NFL teams ranked in the Top 50. Why did the owners lock the players out again? Because they’re losing money??? Gimme a break!
Either way you slice it, it’s a pretty good return on the $100 investment Papa Bear Halas made to buy the team back in 1920.