It’s safe to say that owner Steve Bisciotti made a sound investment when he purchased the Ravens. Forbes has published its annual list of the world’s 50 most valuable sports teams, and the Ravens are on it – again. Forbes ranked the Ravens at No. 24, tie, with a value of $1.5 billion.
Real Madrid, a Spanish soccer team, was rated the world’s most valuable sports franchise, at $3.26 billion.
Here are the other NFL teams that ranked ahead of the Ravens:
- Cowboys, No. 2 overall - $3.2 billion
- Patriots, No. 6 - $2.6 billion
- Redskins, No. 9 - $2.3 billion
- Giants, No. 12 - $2.1 billion
- Texans, No. 16 - $1.85 billion
- Jets, No. 17 - $1.8 billion
- Eagles, No. 19 - $1.75 billion
- Bears, No. 20 - $1.7 billion
- 49ers, No. 22 - $1.6 billion
Of the nine NFL teams valued higher than the Ravens, only the Cowboys and Patriots made the playoffs last year. Meanwhile, the Ravens have made the playoffs six of the last seven years, including the 2012 season which they capped by winning the Super Bowl.
Last year, the Ravens were No. 19 on the list, but their net value was placed at “only” $1.227 billion. The Ravens haven’t started training camp yet, but Bisciotti is already having a good year.