Minnesota Vikings dropping in value
There's another warning sign that we'd better figure out a way to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. The value of the team has dropped 7 percent compared to last year in a new survey of NFL franchises.
The sobering news comes via Forbes magazine's annual Business of Football issue. The Dallas Cowboys top the valuation list at $1.8 billion. The Jacksonville Jaguars bring up the rear with $725 million. The Vikings come in at No. 30, worth $774 million -- less than half the worth of the Cowboys.
Owner Zygi Wilf invested $600 million in the Vikings in 2005. The team's lease on the Metrodome is up in 2011, and he hasn't been able to work out a deal yet for a new stadium that could considerably boost the Vikings' value -- there isn't enough public support to get the taxpayers to help foot the bill. If it's not there, Wilf may yet move the team to Los Angeles or elsewhere.
Here are the Forbes team rankings:
1. Dallas Cowboys 2. Washington Redskins 3. New England Patriots 4. New York Giants 5. Houston Texans 6. New York Jets 7. Philadelphia Eagles 8. Baltimore Ravens 9. Chicago Bears 10. Denver Broncos 11. Indianapolis Colts 12. Carolina Panthers 13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14. Green Bay Packers 15. Cleveland Browns 16. Miami Dolphins 17. Pittsburgh Steelers 18. Tennessee Titans 19. Seattle Seahawks 20. Kansas City Chiefs 21. New Orleans Saints 22. San Francisco 49ers 23. Arizona Cardinals 24. San Diego Chargers 25. Cincinnati Bengals 26. Atlanta Falcons 27. Detroit Lions 28. Buffalo Bills 29. St Louis Rams 30. Minnesota Vikings 31. Oakland Raiders 32. Jacksonville Jaguars
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