The Dallas Cowboys are once again the NFL’s most valuable team.
According to Forbes’ annual list of Football’s Most Valuable Tams, the Cowboys are No. 1 for the seventh straight year. Jerry Jones’ team is worth $2.3 billion, outpacing the New England Patriots ($1.8 billion) and Redskins ($1.7 billion) for the top spot.
According to the report, the average NFL franchise is now worth $1.17 billion, five percent more than last year. That value tops the mean valuation of the world’s top 20 soccer teams ($968 million), the 30 Major League Baseball Teams ($744 million), the 30 NBA teams ($509 million) and the 30 NHL teams ($282 million).
The Cowboys’ $500 million, 25-year naming rights deal with AT&T helped widen their lead over the Patriots.
Mike Ozanian reports that the increase in NFL values was mainly due to league revenue increasing 3.6-percent last season, to an average of $286 million per team.
During the 2012 season average operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was $44 million, 7% more than the previous year. The only team in the NFL to post an operating loss was the Detroit Lions.