Forbes has the Houston Texans estimated as the sixteenth most valuable sports franchise in the world, which is good enough for fifth-best in the NFL behind the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, and New York Giants.
That's pretty impressive for a franchise that has been in existence for just over a decade. The NFL had a dominant showing on the list, with twenty teams snagging spots for 2015.
Of course, you probably expected that. From the Forbes article:
The undisputed TV king in the world of sports is the NFL, which kicked off new network deals last year worth more than $5 billion a year, not including its $1.5 billion-a-year pact with DirecTV.
The NBA is about to leap forward with massive increases in available cap money for each team, thanks to new network deals. Forbes continued their story with:
The NBA inked a $2.66 billion-a-year deal in October with ESPN and TNT, which was triple the previous rate.
Regional sports networks are committing to long-term deals with baseball teams, like the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 25-year, $8.35 billion contract with Time Warner Cable. The English Premier League joined the party in February with a $2.7 billion-a-year pact with Sky, which kicks off in 2016 and represents a 70% bump on the current deal.
The world’s 50 most valuable sports teams are now worth $1.75 billion on average, up 31% from 2014. The minimum valuation to make the cut is $1.15 billion, versus $856 million a year ago, thanks largely to the soaring worth of NBA and MLB teams. The top 50 includes 22 baseball and basketball franchises, compared to only 10 in 2014.
The Forbes article has a slide show you have to click through to see all fifty teams, but...
Ryan Mayer of CBS Local Sports was kind enough to provide a complete list:
It is simply amazing that the Texans are worth so much with only a brief history of existence and relatively minimal success on the field, winning two division titles and two playoff games. Does this suggest that the Texans might actually top the list should they win one or more Super Bowls?!!
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