Forbes has released their annual survey of the world's most valuable sports teams, and it comes as no real surprise that soccer franchise Manchester United tops the list with a value of $2.23 billion. However, it is worth noting that the New York Giants have cracked the top 10 with an estimated worth between $1.30 billion – $1.55 billion.
The Giants have recently been one of the best in the business on and off the field. The $1.4 billion MetLife Stadium, which houses the New York Giants and Jets, opened in 2010. The Giants sold personal seat licenses to more than 90 percent of the stadium’s seats to help finance the stadium. Since its opening, attendance has increased every year. The Giants packed 80,495 people per game into their stadium last season, more than any team except the Cowboys. With 222 luxury suites and 10,000 club seats, the team also rakes in more money in premium seating than anyone else besides Dallas. The Giants’ recent success on the field—they have won two Super Bowls in the last seven seasons—has helped them keep MetLife Stadium full every Sunday, even though they sell the third-most-expensive tickets in the NFL.
Not only were the Giants ranked in the Top 10, Forbes' August 2013 valuations have them listed as the fourth most valuable NFL franchise behind the Dallas Cowboys ($1.85B – $2.3B), New England Patriots ($1.40B – $1.8B) and Washington Redskins ($1.56B – $1.7B).
While the franchise values seem to vary based on the annual survey and what Forbes has listed on their websites, the rankings are all relatively similar. And what makes that most significant (and somewhat surprising) is that they have the Houston Texans listed as the fifth-most valuable NFL franchise at $1.45B. Who knew?
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