Where 49ers rank among most valuable NFL franchises originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
First and foremost, the NFL is a business.
Not all teams are worth the same amount of money, though, and not all teams bring in the same amount.
A number of factors can impact team value, including market size, team revenue, on-field success and more. Several NFL franchises have been sold recently, including the Denver Broncos (2022), Carolina Panthers (2018) and Buffalo Bills (2014) – all for then-record prices. Another team could soon be for sale, as Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders hired Bank of America Securities on Nov. 2 to help with “potential transactions.”
Which NFL team is the most valuable?
The Dallas Cowboys have been deemed the most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes for the 14th straight year and rank No. 1 among all sports franchises.
Entering the 2022 season, Jerry Jones’ squad is worth an estimated $8 billion, up 23% from last year. That tops all other NFL franchises by a wide margin, as no other team has an estimated value above even $6.5 billion.
Which NFL team is the least valuable?
While the Cowboys have been at the top for over a decade, the Cincinnati Bengals are at the opposite end of the scale.
Fresh off their first Super Bowl appearance in 33 years, the Bengals’ future is bright even though the team is valued at a league-lowest $3 billion. They have an electric young QB-WR duo with Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase, and the franchise’s value should only increase if it becomes a perennial contender.
Full NFL franchise values for 2022
After giving you a taste of the most and least valuable teams, here’s a look at the full ranking from first through 32nd:
Dallas Cowboys, $8 billion
New England Patriots, $6.4 billion
Los Angeles Rams, $6.2 billion
New York Giants, $6 billion
Chicago Bears, $5.8 billion
Washington Commanders, $5.6 billion
New York Jets, $5.4 billion
San Francisco 49ers, $5.2 billion
Las Vegas Raiders, $5.1 billion
Philadelphia Eagles, $4.9 billion
Houston Texans, $4.7 billion
Denver Broncos, $4.65 billion
Miami Dolphins, $4.6 billion
Seattle Seahawks, $4.5 billion
Green Bay Packers, $4.25 billion
Atlanta Falcons, $4 billion
Pittsburgh Steelers, $3.975 billion
Minnesota Vikings, $3.925 billion
Baltimore Ravens, $3.9 billion
Los Angeles Chargers, $3.875 billion
Cleveland Browns, $3.85 billion
Indianapolis Colts, $3.8 billion
Kansas City Chiefs, $3.7 billion
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $3.675 billion
Carolina Panthers, $3.6 billion
New Orleans Saints, $3.575 billion
Tennessee Titans, $3.5 billion
Jacksonville Jaguars, $3.475 billion
Buffalo Bills, $3.4 billion
Arizona Cardinals, $3.27 billion
Detroit Lions, $3.05 billion
Cincinnati Bengals, $3 billion