The latest rankings of the most valuable sports franchises in the world brought with it a mixed bag of emotion for the Oakland Raiders.
Al Davis should be thrilled to own a team among that ranks in the top 50 most valued world-wide. On the flip-side, the longtime owner could be a little miffed the team finished next-to-last among NFL franchises.
According to Forbes Magazine, the Raiders are worth an estimated $758 million (No. 43 world-wide) which ranks them just ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars who are valued at $725 million.
Just ahead of the Raiders on the list are the Minnesota Vikings with an estimated value of $774 million.
It’s no surprise the bottom three teams have all be targets for relocation to Los Angeles by AEG. The NFL seems set on having a team move back to Hollywood and reportedly will have a clause written into the new collective bargaining agreement that will enable the league to take an expense credit to help facilitate the move and build a stadium.
The Denver Broncos took top honors in value among AFC West teams. The Mile High franchise is worth an estimated $1.05 billion and ranks 15th overall in the world.
The Kansas City Chiefs finished second in the division with an estimated value of $965 million.
The San Diego Chargers took home third place with an estimated worth of $907 million.