According to Forbes, the Eagles are not only the seventh most-valuable franchise in the entire NFL, but they are the 17th most valuable sports franchise on the entire planet. Not too shabby, huh?
Forbes released their annual rankings of the most valuable franchises in the world today, and appeared to allude at the fact that stadium renovations could allow the Eagles value to climb within the next few seasons.
#17 Philadelphia Eagles
Value: $1.314 billion
Owner: Jeffrey Lurie
The Eagles are wrapping up a two-year, $125 million renovation of Lincoln Financial Field in time for the 2014 season. Changes include new HD video boards and HD TVs around the stadium, as well as 1,600 new seats.
What I did learn from this list was that success doesn’t necessarily translate to having a high value. The Eagles are at 17, having never won a Superbowl, ahead of both the Seahawks and Broncos, who played for last year’s Superbowl.
Having unsound business practices also doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren’t going to be high on the list, because Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins are the third most valuable American football franchise on the planet, besides having won only one division title in the last ten years and continuing to prop up a racially inappropriate mascot.
As for the Eagles, I’ll take the 17th spot on the list and continued hope that Chip Kelly will engineer Philadelphia’s first Superbowl winning team, while the number five team on that list continues to go eight and eight every season.