The average NFL team is now worth $1.1 billion, according to valuations calculated by Forbes magazine. That's a 7 percent increase from last year.
The Minnesota Vikings led the league with a 22 percent increase in value, now worth an estimated $975 million. The 49ers, with a 19 percent increase, were right behind. The jump in value of the Vikings and Niners is largely due to both teams securing financing for new stadiums this year.
Here's what Forbes said about the Vikings' value:
"The Vikings are getting a new $975 million stadium that will be financed with $477 million from the team and the NFL, $348 million from the state and $150 million from the city of Minneapolis. The team, currently near the bottom of the NFL in stadium revenue, could generate an additional $40 million a year from the new venue. The value of the team rose a league-high 22% thanks to the new stadium deal."
NFL's Most Valuable Teams
1. Dallas Cowboys ($2.1 billion)
2. New England Patriots ($1.64 billion)
3. Washington Redskins ($1.6 billion)
4. New York Giants ($1.47 billion)
5. Houston Texans ($1.31 billion)
Among NFC North teams, the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions ranked No. 8, No. 10 and No. 27, respectively.
See the full list at Forbes.com