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NFL Team Values 2006

If you’ve got a couple billion dollars laying around and are trying to stretch your dollar, you could do worse than buying an NFL franchise.

This year the average NFL team is worth $898 million, 211 percent more than when Forbes began calculating team values eight years ago. Look at it this way: Football team values have increased 11 times more than the S&P 500 since 1998. Profitability? This year the average NFL team posted $30.8 million in operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), versus $5.3 million in 1997.

So, how does your team stack up?

NFL Team Values 2006 Chart

Once again, the Washington Redskins top the list. Despite having what most regard as the worst stadium experience in the league–mostly owing to its remote location from the city and the nightmare of trying to drive out after the game–Daniel Snyder has put together quite a package. The hapless Minnesota Vikings, despite having been a very competitive franchise, is the least valuable in the NFL.

The Dallas Cowboys are third on the list despite playing in a stadium built in 1971. They should rocket to the top once their new place opens up in Arlington for the 2009 season.

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