How Valuable Are the Minnesota Vikings Compared to Other NFL Teams?
Any franchise in the National Football League is valuable, but just how valuable are the Minnesota Vikings compared to all the other NFL teams?
That's the question the sports business site, Sportico, sets out to answer each year when they publish their annual NFL Team Valuations. And their 2022 report was just issued, ranking each of the 32 teams according to how much money they're worth.
To find out those numbers, Sportico said they conducted interviews with more than 30 bankers, lawyers, team executives, owners, and consultants all involved in the NFL, as well as looking at public documents.
Sportico noted that the average NFL team is worth $4.14 billion in 2022, an increase of 18 percent over 2021. Topping the 2022 NFL Valuation List is once again the Dallas Cowboys, who are the most valuable franchise in the NLF and are worth $7.64 billion dollars. (The Cowboys are also the most valuable of ALL professional sports franchises, as well, the survey noted.)
So just how valuable are the Minnesota Vikings here in 2022? Sportico says they're once again ranked 18th in the survey, in exactly the same place they were in 2021, though the team is now valued at $3.69 billion dollars-- which is up about 18 percent from last year. That's a pretty fair increase, and it looks like the Wilf family made a pretty good investment when they bought the Vikings for a mere $600 million back in 2005!
Meanwhile, behind the Cheddar Curtain over in my home state of Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers moved up one place in Sportico's 2022 NFL Valuation List, coming in this year at #14, and are now worth $4.19 billion-- an increase of 19 percent over the 2021 survey.
Which NFL team is the least valuable? Sportico says that honor goes to the Cincinnati Bengals, who are *only* (<---- sarcasm filter) worth $2.84 billion dollars, even though they made it to the Super Bowl in 2022 (where they lost to the LA Rams.) You can check the entire 2022 Sportico NFL Valuations List HERE.
Speaking of things that are worth a lot, keep scrolling to check out what former Vikings GM, Rick Spielman's house up in Eden Prairie looks like. (He sold it earlier this year after he left the team, but you can still check out the pictures below!)