Forbes: Giants owners are No. 1

November, 4, 2011
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Forbes magazine ranks John Mara and Steve Tisch as the top owners in the NFL.

According to Forbes writer Brian Solomon's valuation, the Giants owners "have presided over 33 percent growth in the value of their team – best in the NFL. The 2010 opening of MetLife Stadium helped them rack up a 21 percent bump in revenue last year, the latest achievement for an ownership duo that also lifted the Lombardi Trophy in 2007 for the organization’s third Super Bowl victory."

Forbes based its rankings on the change in the franchise's value its winning percentage over the last five years.

During Mara and Tisch's five-year tenure, franchise value has increased by 33% and the Giants have won at a 60% clip.

John Mara and Steve Tisch took over the team when their fathers, Wellington Mara and Bob Tisch, died in 2005.

No. 2 on Forbes' list is Patriots owner Bob Kraft, whose team has compiled the highest winning percentage in the NFL over the last five years. New England's value has increased 17% since 2005, according to the magazine.

So it will be a battle between Forbes' No. 1 and No. 2 on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Jets' owner Woody Johnson is No. 6 on Forbes' list. The Jets' franchise value has increased 26% over the last five years. Gang Green has won 54% of its games in that span.

The worst owner, according to the magazine, is Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. Detroit may be enjoying one of its best seasons in years, but that doesn't overshadow the fact that they've lost 3% in value over the last five years and dropped 77% of their games.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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