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
Scot McCloughan was mad online Monday night.
The former San Francisco 49ers general manager took issue with injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo not standing on the sideline during his team's Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants. The longtime executive asked why Garoppolo -- whose season is over because of a torn ACL -- watched the game in a suite instead of with his 49ers teammates.
As NBC Sports Bay Area's Jennifer Lee Chan reported last month, neither Garoppolo nor running back Jerick McKinnon are allowed on the sideline while they recover from torn ACLs. But that didn't stop McCloughan from tweeting about it, and he pointed to Carson Wentz standing on the Eagles' sideline after tearing his ACL last year as an example.
Of course, that's not exactly how it happened all of last year, either, as many people on Twitter were quick to point out.
The lesson, as always, is to think -- and use a search engine to fact check -- before you tweet.
McCloughan worked in the 49ers' front office from 2005 to 2010. He was promoted from vice president of player personnel to GM in February 2008, He was dismissed, but he played a pivotal role building the 49ers into contenders, and he did the same with the Seattle Seahawks as a senior personnel executive from 2010 to 2013.
McCloughan last worked in the NFL as Washington's GM from 2015 to 2017.
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Paradise High School students have seen their lives changed forever in recent days.
After the deadly Camp Fire took out the town of Paradise, Calif., the 49ers gave students and football players something to smile about Monday night at Levi's Stadium, hosting them at the Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants.
The 49ers provided a bus for 35 football players from the school, plus 16 cheerleaders and eight coaches. Around 11 a.m. Monday, the bus left for around a 200-mile ride to Santa Clara.
49ers general manager John Lynch met with the team prior to the game and offered his condolences. They then joined the 49ers on the sidelines for warmups and the national anthem.
Paradise High's football season come to an end because of the Camp Fire. The Bobcats were forced to forfeit their playoff game against Red Bluff High School, a team they beat 42-14 earlier in the year.
Shane Whallen, 49ers assistant strength coach, has set up a GoFundMe page for victims affected by the fire. Whallen's father's home in Paradise burned down in the blaze.
Students and football players at Paradise High still haven't been allowed back to their burned-down hometown. They don't know what will come next, but for one night, the perfect escape came back on a football field.