Travis Pulver on March 24, 2016
It is projected the league will generate over $12 billion this season. With that level of revenue being produced, one can't help but wonder if Donald Trump's answer to the country's debt will be nationalizing the NFL (although $12 billion would barely make a scratch on the national debt). That would probably mean nixing the position of commissioner and creating a cabinet spot, Secretary of the NFL, for Roger Goodell.
Fast forward to the present, and the most valuable team in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys, is worth more than the entire league was in 1993, at $4 billion. The second most valuable team in the NFL in 2015 – the New England Patriots – is almost worth more than the entire league was in 1993 ($3.2 billion). The league as a whole is worth a whopping $62.9 billion.
In 1993, the value of the average NFL team was just $130 million. Every team in the NFL generated more than double that in revenue last season. Two teams earned more in operating income (Dallas Cowboys $270 million and New England Patriots $195 million).
Team values have certainly come a long way over the last couple of decades. The average value of a team in the NFL is now $2 billion, an increase of 38 percent over last season and double what it was five seasons ago. In comparison to the average value of a team in 1993, it is an increase of 1,538 percent.