The Chicago Bears haven’t had a winning record in five seasons, a playoff win in seven, a Super Bowl appearance in 11, and currently have the longest titleless drought of Chicago’s five major professional sports teams.
And yet, the Bears are still the most valuable sports franchise within city limits.
— Danny Ecker (@DannyEcker) April 11, 2017
Forbes released its annual updated list of most valuable MLB franchises, and while the defending World Series champion Cubs checked in with a top-5 finish and a 22 percent increase that put the franchise’s value at $2.68 billion (with a ‘B’), the Bears still edged them out of the top city spot.
The Bears ranked eighth among most valuable NFL teams, coming in ahead of the Texans and Eagles … but just behind the Rams and Jets as teams on the outside of the top-5 and looking in. The team was one of 11 teams with an operating income of $100 million or more. However, the Bears were outside of the top-10 in revenue, with $385 million.
Forbes hasn’t updated its list since September 2016, but last we checked, the Cowboys were in the top spot with a $4.2 billion value with the Patriots, Giants, 49ers, and Redskins rounding out the top-5. The New York Yankees were the only baseball team ($3.7 billion) that would have cracked the NFL’s top-5.
The Bears saw a 10 percent increase in value coming into the 2016 season, which was the sixth lowest percentage increase among NFL teams. So we’ll be curious to see where that number goes coming off a 3-13 season.