2012 Forbes Franchise Values
High valuations can help strengthen borrowing power. They usually reflect organizational health. They're terrific for an owner looking to sell his franchise. They can be burdensome for heirs, as Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez discovered upon inheriting the St. Louis Rams from their mother. Estate-tax issues led them to sell the team.
The Rams rank 31st out of 32 teams in value. That will likely change if the team can get its stadium situation worked out favorably.
Minnesota (22 percent) and San Francisco (19) led the NFL in year-over-year valuation growth in Forbes' estimation. Both have favorably resolved longstanding stadium issues.
For the 49ers, finishing last season with a 13-3 record had to help. Also in the past year, the team added minority owners with deep pockets, Gideon Yu and Mark Wan.