While the National Football League may not have the worldwide following that is so coveted in sports, it does continue to be far and away the most lucrative league in the world. NFL franchises, including the really bad ones, are cash factories that allow owners to basically print their own money.
So while the Dallas Cowboys haven't had great success on the field as of late, they continue to make a killing at the bank. The franchise posted $539 million in revenue last year, which is a double digit gain from the previous year. Dallas obviously cashes in on the moniker of "America's Team", and this year marks the seventh consecutive year that they have topped the list.
Forbes, which compiled the list, also reported that the 32 NFL franchises are worth around $1.17 billion on average, which is a 5% increase from last year. Major League Baseball only boasts an average worth of $744 million per team, and the NBA pales in comparison at $509 million per team.
The top five is rounded out by the Tom Brady lead New England Patriots, the rejuvenated Washington Redskins, the New York Giants, and the other team from the Lone Star State, the Houston Texans.
Having a profitable stadium and being located in a large metro area undoubtedly helped those teams in the top 5, but the numbers can still be mind-boggling to those working for minimum wage.