You want to know how well the NFL is going these days? Well, here’s one fact that says it all: there are 20 football teams worth a billion dollars. Twenty. Do you know how many baseball teams there are that are worth a billion? Three—the Yankees, Dodgers, and Red Sox. And soccer teams? Try five—Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich. And here’s the really crazy thing: last year there were fifteen billion dollar football teams. So the NFL, already the most valuable pro sports league in the world, is just growing stronger and stronger.
Today, in honor of the start of the 2012 NFL season, we bring you this list of the 20 billion dollar NFL teams. The top spot is no surprise, but there are probably a few teams that fall where you wouldn’t necessarily expect. So check it out—hopefully your team is here and not one of the “losers” worth a measly $800 million (or approximately 4x the average NHL franchise).