The Philadelphia Eagles are the 14th most expensive franchise in professional sports, according to the new ranking released by Forbes.
This ranking drops them three spots from last year’s number 11 ranking, and that’s to be expected when the team suffers through a very disappointing 8-8 regular season after a huge offseason spending spree.
However, the Eagles did increase in overall value, from $1.12 billion in 2011 to $1.16 billion in 2012.
An interesting note on the rankings is that the Philadelphia Eagles are more valuable than all but 13 professional sports franchises, yet they rank last in value in their own division!
The Dallas Cowboys top the NFC East with a value of $1.85 billion, which puts them third on the Forbes top 50 list, tied with the New York Yankees. The Washington Redskins are fifth on the list, valued at $1.56 billion. Both the Cowboys and the Redskins dropped one spot in the ranking from the 2011 list.
The New York Giants are ninth on the list, with a value of $1.3 billion. It’s ironic to see the defending Super Bowl champions as the third most valuable team in their own division.
The most expensive professional sports franchise is Manchester United, with a value of $2.23 billion, a significant amount more than the second-ranked Real Madrid, which is valued at $1.88 billion.
Other teams from the National Football League ranked higher than the Eagles are the New England Patriots, valued at $1.4 billion and ranked sixth; the New York Jets, ranked 12th and valued at $1.23 billion; and the Houston Texans, ranked 13th and valued at $1.2 billion.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for Eagles Central and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.