Official Team Standings (by Financial Metrics)

Last Updated Dec 19, 2008 7:57 PM EST

Does the NFL run a solid business? Only one team in the league — the Detroit Lions — lost money last season. Three franchises dominate as perennial financial champs in Forbes' annual rankings of the most valuable teams: the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins, and the New England Patriots. In years to come, the Cowboys will likely stay on top with a new billion-dollar stadium expected to boost earnings, but top-grade management at the Patriots and formidable revenue from the Redskins will keep competition tight. Click through the sortable chart below for a glimpse into the finances of all 32 NFL teams.


































































Team Team Value (billions) Stadium Revenue (millions) Operating Income (millions) Player Expenses (millions) Gate Receipts (millions)
Dallas Cowboys $1.61 $269 $30.6 $137 $46
Washington Redskins $1.54 $327 $58.1 $154 $84
New England Patriots $1.32 $282 $39.2 $144 $80
New York Giants $1.18 $214 $41.2 $112 $54
New York Jets $1.17 $213 $25.9 $129 $52
Houston Texans $1.13 $239 $43.9 $128 $48
Philadelphia Eagles $1.12 $237 $33.5 $131 $53
Indianapolis Colts $1.08 $203 $16.1 $132 $42
Chicago Bears $1.06 $226 $33.7 $134 $55
Baltimore Ravens $1.06 $226 $23.0 $135 $56
Denver Broncos $1.06 $226 $18.8 $132 $59
Tampa Bay Buccaneers $1.05 $224 $39.3 $128 $56
Miami Dolphins $1.04 $232 $36.1 $123 $56
Carolina Panthers $1.04 $221 $22.3 $124 $51
Cleveland Browns $1.04 $220 $19.3 $129 $46
Green Bay Packers $1.02 $218 $21.9 $125 $47
Kansas City Chiefs $1.02 $214 $11.9 $138 $50
Pittsburgh Steelers $1.02 $216 $14.4 $135 $46
Seattle Seahawks $1.01 $215 $8.9 $130 $44
Tennessee Titans $0.99 $216 $24.5 $127 $44
Cincinnati Bengals $0.94 $205 $22.0 $129 $46
New Orleans Saints $0.94 $213 $21.5 $139 $41
St Louis Rams $0.93 $206 $26.4 $130 $43
Detroit Lions $0.92 $204 $-3.1 $136 $44
Arizona Cardinals $0.91 $203 $19.7 $129 $43
San Diego Chargers $0.89 $207 $19.0 $133 $49
Buffalo Bills $0.89 $206 $12.4 $139 $40
Jacksonville Jaguars $0.88 $204 $27.6 $126 $42
Atlanta Falcons $0.87 $203 $30.9 $115 $43
San Francisco 49ers $0.87 $201 $4.1 $137 $39
Oakland Raiders $0.86 $205 $27.0 $126 $39
Minnesota Vikings $0.84 $195 $18.9 $122 $42




All data reflect the 2007 season and come from “The Business of Football,” published in Forbes magazine on September 10, 2008.

  • John Maas

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