Seahawks No. 15 in franchise value

August, 20, 2014
Aug 20
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RENTON, Wash. -- Winning the Super Bowl in dominant fashion and having some of the most marketable players in the NFL, including cornerback Richard Sherman and quarterback Russell Wilson, wasn't enough to move the Seattle Seahawks into the top 10 on Forbes' list of most valuable NFL franchises.

The Seahawks rank near the middle of the 32 teams at No. 15 on the list with an estimated value of $1.33 billion. Forbes lists the team revenues last year at $288 million, with an operating income of $27 million.

The Dallas Cowboys are No. 1 on Forbes' list with a value of $3.2 billion, topping the list for the eighth consecutive year even though they haven't made the playoffs since 2009 and haven't won a Super Bowl since 1996.

The rest of the top 5 were the New England Patriots ($2.6 billion), the Washington Redskins ($2.4 billion) the New York Giants ($2.1 billion) and the Houston Texans (1.85 billion). So four of the top five teams did not make the playoffs last season, proving overall financial value isn't much about winning and losing.

The Seahawks fell just below the league average of $1.43 billion for franchise worth and rank second in the NFC West behind the San Francisco 49ers, who have a listed value of $1.6 billion.

However, the Seahawks do have the wealthiest team owner in Paul Allen, with an estimated worth of $15.6 billion.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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