Foxborough, MA 10/27/2013 New England Patriots Tom Brady shares a few words with team owner Robert Kraft as he walks off the field after pregame warm ups before they play the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on Sunday October 27, 2013. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: Reporter:
Tom Brady and Robert Kraft.
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The New England Patriots, that little team that plays on Route 1, are worth more than $2.6 billion, according to the latest Forbes survey.

The Patriots are the second-highest valued franchise in the NFL, after the Dallas Cowboys ($3.4 billion). Dallas becomes the first NFL team to top $3 billion, rising more than $900 million in value in the last year. The Redskins, Giants, and Texans round out the top-five most valuable NFL franchises. The average NFL franchise is now worth $1.43 billion, according to Forbes.

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Robert Kraft paid $172 million for the Patriots in 1994. The Pats have an annual operating income of $147.2 million, and revenues of $428 million.