The National Football League is one of the most lucrative sports leagues globally, bringing huge sponsorship deals and impressive revenues to the most successful clubs.
According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, the combined team value of the three leading NFL clubs hit $14.4bn in 2020. With $5.7bn value, Dallas Cowboys top the list of the most valuable football and sports clubs globally.
Dallas Cowboys` Value Surged by 42% in Five Years
The National Football League is a professional sports league with the highest average game attendance, with almost 70 thousand average spectators per game and more than 16 million in total throughout the 2019 season.
The annual championship game, the Super Bowl, is one of the biggest single-day sports events in the world, generating billions of dollars in consumer spending and drawing high television ratings each year.
The NFL revenue has been increasing for the last two decades, growing from around $6bn in 2004 to $15.2bn in 2019. Such impressive growth in profits came along with surging values of the leading clubs competing in the league.
In 2005, the Dallas Cowboys team value hit the one-billion benchmark for the first time, revealed the Forbes data. Over the next five years, this figure jumped to $1.8bn and continued growing. The club witnessed the most impressive growth between 2013 and 2014, with its team value rising from $2.3bn to $3.3bn in a year. In 2015, Dallas Cowboys were worth $4bn.
Statistics show this value surged by 42% in the last five years, reaching $5.7bn in 2020. The revenues of the most valuable sports club globally also witnessed impressive growth in the last decade, rising from $406 million in 2010 to $980 million in 2020.
The team value of New England Patriots, as the second most-valuable NFL club, hit $4.4bn in 2020, a 7% increase in a year. The current owner, Robert Kraft, bought the franchise in 1994 for $172 million. In 2004, the club was worth $861 million, a 400% increase in a decade.
The Patriots` value continued its impressive growth in the following years, rising to $2.6bn in 2014. Statistics show the team value of the second most-valuable football club surged by 221% in the last decade, while its revenues jumped by 90% to $630 million in 2019.
The New York Giants ranked as the third most valuable football club on the Forbes list, with $4.3bn in team value, a 10% jump in a year. The Forbes data also revealed the clubs’ revenue jumped by 87% in the last ten years, reaching $547 million last year.
Atlanta Falcons Top the NFL Team Salary List
Like many other US professional sports leagues, the National Football League has a minimum annual player salary, standing at $610 thousand in 2020. However, the stars on every team earn much more than that.
Statistics show the Atlanta Falcons top the list of the NFL clubs with $303 million in average annual team salary in the 2019/20 season. Each of their players earned an average of $4.71 million last season.
Philadelphia Eagles ranked second with $257 million in average annual team salary. San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, and Detroit Lions followed with $256 million, $251 million, and $250 million, respectively.
The highest-paid player in the NFL in 2020 was Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys put a franchise tag worth $31.4 million on Prescott in March 2020, securing his salary for the 2020 season. However, his season ended prematurely after a severe injury in a game against the New York Giants.
Russell Wilson ranked as the second highest-paid NFL player, with $31 million earned in 2020. Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Raiders and Khalil Mack of the Chicago Bears follow with $28.8 million and $26.6 million, respectively.