Only One NFL Team Is Worth Less Than The Lions
Although the lovable losers have a price tag of over $3 billion, the Lions are next to last in the NFL in terms of net worth. Who's lower?
Forbes Released Their Annual List Of NFL Team Value This Week
Let me start by saying that no one in the Ford family is going to go broke any time soon because they own the Detroit Lions football team. NFL Franchise values have been going up steadily since the merger of the NFL and the old AFL way back in 1970.
In fact, in just one year, the Lions stock has risen over a half billion dollars, from $2.4 billion in 2021 to $3.05 billion in 2022, an increase of over 25 percent. That's right, a crappy 3-13-1 season increased their worth by a fourth.
However, in 2021, the team was 30th out of 32 teams in overall value, while this year, they slid to 31st. So what is the only NFL team worth less than the Lions?
HINT: Even the Super Bowl couldn't keep them from being worst.
The Cincinnati Bengals Are The Lowest Valued NFL Team
Even owning an apparent future franchise quarterback in Joe Burrow, couldn't raise the Bengals stock in 2022, but as I mentioned earlier, owning a NFL team is still quite lucrative.
The Bengals were 31st last season, according to Forbes at 2.275 billion. This season, although they increased value to $3 billion, they slipped to last place among all NFL teams at 32nd place.
Last year, the Buffalo Bills were dead last in team value at $2.27 billion. But advancing to the AFC title game, and having their own young franchise quarterback in Josh Allen, the Bills moved up to the 29th spot with an adjusted value of $3.4 billion. It doesn't hurt that they are the odds on favorite to win the AFC title.
Here Are The NFL Team Values For The Upcoming 2022 Season, According To Forbes
1. Dallas Cowboys -- $8 billion. The first team to hit the 8 billion mark in League history.
2. New England Patriots -- $6.4 billion
3. The defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams -- $6.2 billion
4. New York Giants -- $6 billion, not bad for a team that was just barely better than the Lions at 4-13.
5. Chicago Bears -- $5.8 billion
6. Washington Commanders -- $5.6 billion, a new name for a historic franchise
7. New York Jets -- $5.4 billion, another woeful team who was also 4-13, but when you're in the largest media market, revenue streams are plentiful.
8. San Francisco 49ers -- $5.2 billion.
9. Las Vegas Raiders -- $5.1 billion. Easily one of the league's most identifiable brands.
10. Philadelphia Eagles -- $4.9 billion
11. Houston Texans -- $4.7 billion
12. Denver Broncos -- $4.65 billion. We know exactly how much the Broncos are worth because they were just sold to a group headed by Wal-Mart tycoon Sam Walton.
13. Miami Dolphins -- $4.6 billion.
14. Seattle Seahawks -- $4.5 billion.
15. Green Bay Packers -- $ 4.25 billion. Still the only publicly held team in the league.
16. Atlanta Falcons -- $4 billion
17. Pittsburgh Steelers -- $3.975 billion
18. Minnesota Vikings -- $3.925 billion
19. Baltimore Ravens -- $3.9 billion
20. Los Angeles Chargers -- $3.875 billion. I guess having to rent your stadium form the Rams lowers your value a bit.
21. Cleveland Browns -- $3.85 billion
22. Indianapolis Colts -- $3.8 billion
23. Kansas City Chiefs -- $3.7 billion. Back to back Super Bowl appearances jacked their value a bit.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- $3.675 billion
25. Carolina Panthers -- $3.6 billion
26. New Orleans Saints -- $3.575 billion
27. Tennessee Titans -- $3.5 billion
28. Jacksonville Jaguars -- $3.475 billion
29. Buffalo Bills -- $3.4 billion
30. Arizona Cardinals -- $3.27 billion
31. Detroit Lions -- $3.05 billion
32. Cincinnati Bengals -- $3 billion