Forbes: 49ers ninth most valuable sports franchise in the world


Forbes: 49ers ninth most valuable sports franchise in the world

The San Francisco 49ers may have just turned in a franchise-worst-tying season on the field in 2016, but they experienced plenty of success off it.

Forbes magazine on Wednesday released its list of the world's most valuable sports teams of 2017 and the 49ers ranked ninth at $3 billion -- even with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 49ers experienced an 11 percent one-year change with an operating income of $154 million.

The 49ers were ranked 10th last year at $2.7 billion (also tied with the Lakers). And two years ago, they were tied with the Clippers for 22nd at $1.6 billion.

Of the world's 51 most valuable sports franchises, 29 are NFL teams. The Rams were the biggest movers, jumping from outside the list to No. 12. 

The World's Most Valuable Sports Teams 2017

1. Dallas Cowboys -- $4.2B
2. New York Yankees -- $3.7B
3. Manchester United -- $3.69B
4. Barcelona -- $3.64B
5. Real Madrid -- $3.58B
6. New England Patriots -- $3.4B
7. New York Knicks -- $3.3B
8. New York Giants -- $3.1B
9. San Francisco 49ers -- $3B
9. Los Angeles Lakers -- $3B
11. Washington -- $2.95B
12. Los Angeles Rams -- $2.9B
13. New York Jets -- $2.75B
14. Los Angeles Dodgers -- $2.75B
15. Bayern Munich -- $2.71B
16. Chicago Bears -- $2.7B
17. Boston Red Sox -- $237B
18. Chicago Cubs -- $2.68B
19. San Francisco Giants -- $2.65B
20. Houston Texans -- $2.6B
20. Golden State Warriors -- $2.6B
22. Philadelphia Eagles -- $2.5B
23. Chicago Bulls -- $2.5B
24. Denver Broncos -- $2.4B
25. Miami Dolphins -- $2.38B
26. Green Bay Packers -- $2.35B
27. Baltimore Ravens -- $2.3B
28. Pittsburgh Steelers -- $2.25B
29. Seattle Seahawks -- $2.23B
30. Minnesota Vikings -- $2.2B
30. Boston Celtics -- $2.2B
32. Indianapolis Colts -- $2.18B
33. Atlanta Falcons -- $2.13B
34. Oakland Raiders -- $2.1B
35. Manchester City -- $2.083B
36. Los Angeles Chargers -- $2.08B
37. Carolina Panthers -- $2.075B
38. Arizona Cardinals -- $2.03B
39. Tennessee Titans -- $2B
39. Los Angeles Clippers -- $2B
39. New York Mets -- $2B
42. Jacksonville Jaguars -- $1.95B
43. Arsenal -- $1.93B
44. Kansas City Chiefs -- $1.88B
45. Cleveland Browns -- $1.85B
46. Chelsea -- $1.845B
47. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- $1.8B
48. Brooklyn Nets -- $1.8B
49. St. Louis Cardinals -- $1.8B
50. New Orleans Saints -- $1.75B
50. LA Angels of Anaheim -- $1.75B

49ers host two free-agent cornerbacks


49ers host two free-agent cornerbacks

The 49ers hosted two veteran cornerbacks on free-agent visits the past two days and could be signing either Jaylen Watkins or LaDarius Gunter as they wind down their activity on the free-agent market.

“We’re really pleased with what we’ve done,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Thursday. “I’ll never say never. We’ve had a couple of guys visit in the last couple of days. Perhaps we’ll do something there. But for the most part, we’re wrapped up and pleased with what we’ve been able to do.”

The 49ers do not have much depth behind presumptive starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon. The team is also likely to add to its depth in the draft.

The 49ers met with Gunter (6-foot-2, 201 pounds) on Thursday. Gunter, 25, started 15 games for the Green Bay Packers in 2016. He recorded 54 tackles and broke up 12 passes. He signed with the Packers in 2015 as an undrafted rookie from Miami.

Gunter was waived at the beginning of last season and the Carolina Panthers claimed him. He appeared in just four games with Carolina, which did not tender him as a restricted free agent.

The 49ers on Wednesday met with Watkins, 26, a versatile defensive back who appeared in 36 games with five starts in four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Watkins (5-11, 195) played three snaps on defense and 17 plays on special teams in the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4. He entered the NFL in 2014 as a fourth-round draft pick from Florida.

Eric Reid discusses free-agent status, 'going to consider different ways to be active'


Eric Reid discusses free-agent status, 'going to consider different ways to be active'

STANFORD – Free-agent safety Eric Reid chatted with 49ers general manager John Lynch on the sideline, then moved into position onto the field for an up-close view of his brother’s pro day workout Thursday at Stanford University.

Younger brother, Justin, is aiming to be a first-round draft pick like Eric, whom the 49ers selected with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Both football futures of the Reid brothers remain uncertain. Justin's fate will be determined on draft day. Eric Reid remains in limbo as an NFL free agent. He has not gotten any action in the first week of free agency, and the 49ers have not made him a contract offer, he said.

But Lynch said the 49ers are closely monitoring Reid’s situation. However, the organization already has three safeties they like: Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert.

“Eric played and played well for us last year,” Lynch said. “I think he’s stuck in a safety market that’s been quiet. And I would anticipate things starting to shake for him and we’ll see.

“I’d never say never. I really do think opportunities will start to come his way. We’ve been monitoring it closely and we’ll see how that shakes out.”

Reid, 26, a six-year NFL veteran, said his agent has spoken recently to “a couple of teams,” but no contracts or visits have been proposed.

Reid’s market might be impacted by his up-front role in the protests of racial inequality of the past two seasons. Reid and Colin Kaepernick were the first players to take a knee during the national anthem at the beginning of the 2016 season.

Reid said he would probably not take part in any future protests during the national anthem.

“From the beginning, Colin has been flexible,” Reid said. “He started by sitting. He changed it up. We decided to kneel. And we understand that you got to change with the times. So I’m not saying I’m going to stop being active, because I won’t. I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country to improve on.

“I don’t think it’ll be in the form of protesting during the anthem. And I said ‘during’ because it’s crazy to me that the narrative got changed to we were protesting the anthem, because that wasn’t the case. But I think we’re going to take a different approach to how to be active.”

Reid said he has no regrets. He said he is willing to deal with the consequences of how NFL teams viewed his role in the protests.

“I stand by what I’ve done,” Reid said. “I know why I’ve done it. My faith in God is the reason. I can go to sleep at night confident I did what I was called to do. I’m just gong to stay positive and keep trying to stay in shape and wait and see what happens.

“I said at the end of last season I’m OK no matter what happens.”