Friday, November 4, 2011
Forbes: Giants' owners are NFL's best
By Dan Graziano
I missed this when it came out a couple of days ago, so consumed have I been with the fates of Ahmad Bradshaw's foot and Hakeem Nicks' hamstring. But Forbes recently put out a list of the 10 best and 10 worst NFL team owners, and New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch earned the top spot on the list:
Since they took over control of the New York Giants in 2006 from their fathers, John Mara and Steve Tisch 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.
Based on their team’s performance on the field and financial growth off of it, the Mara and Tisch families are the best owners in the NFL, by Forbes’ estimation. To come up with our list, we looked at teams’ change in franchise value and win percentages (including a bump for playoff and Super Bowl victories) over the last five years. Each factor accounts for half of their rank.
Click through to the slideshow and you'll see a couple of other NFC East owners pop up -- one on the good list and one on the bad. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ranks as the fifth-best owner in the league:
Despite no recent postseason success, the Cowboys opened a $1.3 billion new stadium in 2010 -- the most expensive ever. The iconic blue star represents the most valuable team in American sports, a title the Cowboys hold over the New York Yankees.
And Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder shows up on the bad list, ranked by Forbes as the NFL's ninth-worst owner:
Snyder filed a $1 million defamation lawsuit against the Washington City Paper in the spring of 2011, which has not helped his reputation with D.C. football fans. Five-Year Franchise Value: 6% increase. Five-Year Win Percentage: 40%.
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie apparently ranks somewhere in the middle 12, since he's not on either list. Tough to argue with the Mara and Tisch families at the top. Their reputation around the league is sterling, and the organization they run is generally hailed as a model for the rest of the league to follow. The fact that the Giants won the Super Bowl in the early part of the time frame on which these rankings were based is obviously a huge help, along with the new stadium, but we talk all the time about how it all starts from the top, and reliable, stable ownership is a key part of what makes the Giants the Giants.