Charles Smith, NBCDFW.com
Cowboys Stadium, March 12, 2010. Jerry Jones
News flash! News flash! The economy has been struggggling in recent years, and even the country's most profitable professional sports league is feeling the effects.
But Forbes.com came out with a ranking of the most valuable NFL franchises on Wednesday, and it was really no surprise to see which team is king of the mountain — YOUR Dallas Cowboys!
Double J bought the Cowboys now more than 20 years ago for less than $150 million. Now? It's worth $1.8 billion. That's an investment right there.
Of course it helped the Cowboys to open that monstrosity over off 360 in Arlington that cost a whopping $1.25 billion and have every game sell out despite having the highest average ticket price in the league, but Double J is no dummy. If people will pay it, he's gonna charge it.
In fact, according to the article, last year Jerry's team profited $143 million, a record for an American sports franchise.
Jerry's renegade businessman nemesis Dan Snyder has the second most valuable franchise in the Washington Redskins, which is worth $1.55 billion and brought in $104 million in profit last season. Third was the New England Patriots.
The least valuable team is the Jacksonville Jaguars, which saw its value plummet to $725 million, even though Maurice Jones-Drew seems to think THEY are America's Team.
The Lions and the Dolphins were the only two teams to lose money in 2009.
Maybe next Jerry will buy "Entourage" from Marky Mark and turn that thing around? We can only hope.
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