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Forbes Lists New York Giants as One of Top 10 Most Valuable Sports Franchises in the World

June 2nd, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

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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18 Responses to “Forbes Lists New York Giants as One of Top 10 Most Valuable Sports Franchises in the World”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    It’s not many times myself, F55, BBG and Nosh all agree on the same subject but we do with Will Hill. I only slightly differ in that I think this move is good for Hill personally. It’s clear being local wasn’t a good thing for him. Getting far away from northern Jersey will help him if he’s ever going to change the crown he hangs with.

    I understand about drawing a line but a football franchise isn’t like raising children. Everyone has different rules no matter what the company line is spewed. To me the key is that his teammates liked him, he showed the proper dedication to his craft and was respectful to coaches/management. I think considering those factors and his talent you at least keep him this year like Nosh said and then cut him if you feel he can’t be trusted. I understand he’s not reliable long term but this year he could be a huge help.

    Maybe in part this was done because the team wasn’t going to cut Berhe or Taylor after game 6 in order to have Hill around because Hill is unreliable. Maybe it also speaks to the Giants having high hopes for Taylor and Berhe. I’m not saying either will be as good as Hill but when factoring in reliability maybe they are each more important to our future as viewed by JR and company.

    I think for us that hate this decision we just have to view it like a player that’s out for the season. We are going to have to move on. I think we can be fine without Hill but Brown has to be better than 2012 and we can’t afford and major injuries. This is not 2009 in terms of questions at safety after our starters but it’s just the fear of the unknown.

    •  Nosh.0 says:

      Well put.

      Ultimately I don’t have a problem with the decision to cut him. He was a promising young player. But far from a star. The team will survive without him.

      But really what I think did him in was the fact that, the organization could simply not rely on him. So even if he did stick around for 2014, there is no way Reese could go into any year planning on Will Hill being a starter. Because of that, better for organization and player to move on to new relationships that have a possibility of a future. Because the Will Hill /Giants marriage no longer had one.

  2.  Nosh.0 says:

    Graziano sums this up perfectly:

    I don’t think the Giants were opposed to the idea of standing behind Hill and helping him work through whatever issues he may have. What I do think is this has reached the point beyond which the Giants feel they can trust Hill enough to make it worth keeping him on the roster. It’s one thing to know a guy has a problem staying off of drugs and working to help him deal with it, which is what the Giants have been doing since signing Hill in 2012. It’s another thing, in the cold-business world of the NFL, to keep using a roster spot on a player on whom you can’t rely to be available for a whole season. Whether it’s a guy who gets hurt all the time or a guy who gets suspended all the time, a player who can’t be counted on to play a full season is a difficult player in whom to invest resources.

    Bottom line is this. Reliability is a skill. A skill that all employers value greatly. And not a skill Will Hill currently has.

    •  Nosh.0 says:

      In essence Will Hill was cut for the same reason David Bass was. Neither player could stay on the field.

      •  Krow says:

        At least with Baas he didn’t have control of it. The shame of Hill is that he did.

  3.  Krow says:

    … and OK, Dallas I get … ‘Merica’s team and all that garbage. I’ll even buy into the Cheatriots because no one cares if you cheated for success, only that you attained it. Much like say a hedge fund manager or a banker or a drug dealer. But how the hell are the R-Words worth that much ???

  4.  Since 1963 says:

    Put Hill’s waiver in the context of the recent draft, and it makes sense. Reese went after team captains, college players who had shown character, drive, desire, whatever you want to call it. Team-first players, in other words. The prime example is Bromley, who overcame a heap of serious problems to get where he is. So where does that leave a three-time-suspended safety who can’t keep clear of the law? Looking for work.

  5.  Sintexo says:

    For the record ERICHONIUS, he was flagged on the play, but following the game it was called a clean play, no fine or anything, just a bad call.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    Well, I still HATE the idea of cutting Hill in 2014, but it’s time to move on. He won’t be a member of the Giants.

    I think Behre is going to be an interesting player. One who makes up for somewhat less than elite talent with great football mentality and desire. I’m still not sure what to make of Taylor but let’s hope he’s able to use his size/speed combination well with the right coaching. If so, we’re more than okay if Brown gets 100% healthy and keeps improving his game. But to me Brown is a bit more like a younger version of Deon Grant than he is the next Kenny Phillips or Will Hill. A younger version of Deon grant, though, is a very good football player if he plays to his potential. Just watch out for Nat Behre. The kid is a player.

    •  Nosh.0 says:

      Totally agree on the Stevie Brown/ Grant comparisons. Also I’m excited about Behre and way down on Cooper Taylor. Probably more so than you. He’s the Ramses Barden of DB’s.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    As for the dollars, looks like the Tisches made a really good buy, and the Maras made a smart decision selling only enough of the team to take care of estate tax needs and distributions of some real wealth to family members who were a bit unhappy with the dividends Larry Tisch was making available on an annual basis.

    And if the Clippers are worth $2 billion (which they might be once they create their cable sports network and get a new arena) then there have to be at least a dozen NFL teams worth more than that, including the Giants.

  8.  William says:

    I read all the Will Hill comments and no one mentioned that he was suspended from Univ of Florida for smoking pot. That would be 4 strikes and a little digging would remind people that he was the extremely rare suspension by Mr. Laissez-faire Urban Myer. As a Florida resident there are plenty of grads down here that will tell you that Urban’s teams despite all the success were totally out of control off the field and very little was ever done about it. I’m pretty sure he was on the same team as Aaron Hernandez of multi-murder fame who was never suspended. For Urban Myer to give up on you is no small feat!!!
    I agree with the concern that he may come back to hurt us but if he can’t be trusted to be on the field how is he any different than any injury prone player, plus his next suspension is going to be a year for sure.

  9.  William says:

    rlhjr says:
    June 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM
    And I hate Tennessee for that matter. And I hate those two teams in that exact order.

    I hate to call you out on this but your very upset with the false notion we would have drafted Ebron. That was never going to happen at our position and the Lions proved once again why they are perennial losers by taking him at 10. We are not spending beyond the vet minimum at the position what makes you think we were going to draft a TE at 12?
    The draft in this ” cap environment” is as much about salaries and cap costs as it’s about talent. Your not wasting a top ten pick on a low cost position like TE (perhaps the lowest) when you get far more cap bang (for 5 frickin years) to get a starting OL, pass rusher, CB or the ultimate savings a QB all of which cost huge $ in free agency.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Number one in this offense, the tight end just as well be a WR. Number two the Giants under Reese draft for size, speed and weight.

      Finally, why are they still looking for a Ebron clone free agent. In this cap environment, a weapon is still a weapon. The Lions are chumps because they don’t understand how to use talent (SEE BARRY SANDERS) not because they like every other NFL team including the Giants don’t recognize it.

      You would have passed on LT in this era. Which would fully qualify as a fools errand. And you forgot about my mentioning Tennessee. They selected an offensive lineman of some note. Again in front of the Giants.
      It will always be about talent William…..always. And if you think that way about Ebron, then you must hate Beckham. I don’t. So I really don’t feel called out.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    I don’t think we cut Hill because he was unreliable. All of his transgressions were in the off season and it seems to me Hill is a pretty safe bet to play 10 games this year assuming health. There are plenty of players who we have kept around but were unreliable health wise who were still under a cheap deal. Plus while he’s suspended he’s not taking up a roster spot. Yes he would be holding up the 90th man on the current roster but that’s basically a meaningless spot. Keeping Hill is no different than keeping a player on PUP. We kept players like Beckum and Koets on PUP over the years. Those players give their play and their injuries were less reliable than Hill.

    I think we cut Hill out of principle and fear that keeping him around was a bad example for the standards the franchise has set and currently trying to reinforce. As someone mentioned look at all the team captions we added through the draft. It seems that we are trying to bring back the culture we use to have before it seems the team got kind of fat and lazy. While I think we could have easily kept Hill it seems the team stood on principle.

    •  Nosh.0 says:

      Agree to disagree.

      Had Hill been as good a player or close to the same caliber as Plax then he would have been kept. But he’s not close to that level of player.

      Secondly, Plax was never in danger of being suspended for the season, until he shot himself, and then we released him. What player have we kept on the roster that was in danger of being suspended for an entire season? There is no way you can be a G.M. and run a team like that. How could you go into a season with a depth chart that includes a guy who is expected to play an important role, and yet at any time it could be announced he failed another test and is suspended?

      It hampers your ability to construct a roster in the offseason because you’re unsure of your needs. i.e. will said player be able to play this season?

      I don’t think the team cares (TC an obvious exception) about the fact that Will Hill got high, and the example it would set. Because they never cared about Plax, or Shockey being a bad example as long as they could play on Sunday. Same goes for Tyree when it was known around the team that he was an alcoholic. And going way back to the great #56.

      Will Hill was cut because
      a) he’s not that important to the team
      b) We made a small investment in him
      c) We can’t trust that he will be available on game day.

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