Forbes ranks Chiefs as 26th in NFL franchise value

Kansas City Chiefs fans showed their team support during an overtime win over the Chargers, 33-27, at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 11, 2016. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Forbes ranks Chiefs as 26th in NFL franchise value

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs rank as the 26th most valuable franchise in the NFL at an estimated worth of $1.875 billion, according to Forbes magazine’s annual rankings of NFL franchise values.

The Chiefs’ estimated value rose 23 percent during the last year, compared to the NFL average of 19 percent. The magazine estimated the team’s annual revenue at $340 million with an operating income of $62 million.

The magazine attributed the rise in overall league value to the league’s new Thursday Night Football broadcasting contracts, the relocation of the Rams to Los Angels and the Minnesota Vikings moving into their new stadium, as well as the new pending stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.

The Dallas Cowboys ranked as the most-valuable franchise in the league for the 10th straight season with a value of $4.2 billion. The Cowboys lead the league in both revenue ($700 million) and operating income ($300 million).

Following the Cowboys in value: the New England Patriots ($3.4 billion), New York Giants ($3.1 billion), San Francisco 49ers ($3 billion) and Washington Redskins ($2.95 billion).

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