Philadelphia Eagles mentioned on Forbes ranking of 50 teams

Jeffrey Lurie (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jeffrey Lurie (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia Eagles received some mention in a recent Forbes ranking.

Anytime Forbes says something about anybody or anything, it’s definitely worth some mention. Whether we want to hear this or not, some opinions are just more interesting than others, and even though the love of it is the root of all evil, money does make the world go around. Just ask the Philadelphia Eagles who are stuck in a deal with Alshon Jeffery and may have some issues with working their way under the cap for the 2021 season.

We don’t need to revisit the fact that they’re projected to be severely over their spending limit for next year or restate that the current conditions mean the NFL’s 32 teams might be dictated a more strict salary cap this time next season, do we?

The point is all stories about money aren’t fun to read, but here’s one that may get you going. It isn’t often that we get to talk about Forbes and the “Birds” at the same time.

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The Philadelphia Eagles crack this list of Forbes’ most valuable professional sports franchises.

In a recent story by Kurt Badenhausen, who covers sports business for the publication, he recently ranked the world’s most valuable sports teams of 2020.NFL teams were looked at based on several factors including the following.

"Even after a ten-year run by the NBA lifted its average team value nearly sixfold, more than any other U.S. sports league, football claims 27 spots on the ranking, a reflection not only of its massive stadium draws but also its TV appeal. Of the 100 top broadcasts in 2019, 88 were sporting events and 73 were NFL games. The NFL’s current U.S. TV rights are worth $6.5 billion on average per year, a number expected to nearly double in a new deal currently being hashed out, according to sports media consultant Lee Berke of LHB Sports. To help afford it, Fox even backed out of a 12-year deal to broadcast golf’s U.S. Open, with the savings expected to help bankroll a potential $2 billion-a-year NFL deal."

After taking all of that into consideration, the hated Dallas Cowboys topped said list. Philadelphia made an appearance at number 23 with an overall value of $3.05 billion. They edged other NFL franchises like the Denver Broncos (25th), the Oakland Raiders (26th), the Green Bay Packers (27th), and the Pittsburgh Steelers (28th) among others.

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They were topped by nine other NFL squads, including the likes of the Houston Texans (tied for 20th), the New York Jets (tied for 17th), the Washington Football Team (tied for 14th), and the New England Patriots (seventh). It appears CEO and chairman Jeffrey Lurie’s decision to purchase this team for $185 million in 1994 is paying off in a major way. On another note, does anyone else feel like it’s the Cowboys that should be called “The Evil Empire”?