Looks like a Super Bowl win trumps a Deflategate controversy when it comes down to dollars and cents.
In the Forbes annual ranking of the most valuable teams in the NFL, the Patriots came in at No. 2 behind the Dallas Cowboys for the fourth year in a row.
The Cowboys are estimated to be worth $4 billion, which ranks them ahead of the Patriots, who checked in with a value of $3.2 billion. It’s the ninth consecutive year the Cowboys were ranked No. 1 despite not having appeared in a Super Bowl in 20 years.
Robert Kraft’s franchise was listed with 2014 revenues of $494 million with an operating income of $195 million. In the 2014 survey, the Patriots were valued at $2.6 billion with 2013 revenues of $428 million and operating income of $147 million.
After the Cowboys and Patriots, the Washington Redskins ($2.85 billion), New York Giants ($2.8 billion), and San Francisco 49ers ($2.7 billion) round out the top-five most valuable franchises.
According to the Forbes report, the average NFL team is now worth $2 billion, up 38 percent from a year ago. A $39 million increase in national television rights fees — shared by all 32 franchises — contributed to the increases across the board. The one-year increase and new average value are both the highest since Forbes began tracking NFL team values 18 years ago.
The Patriots next opponent — the Buffalo Bills — came in dead last on the Forbes list, with a value of $1.4 billion.
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