Here Are the 5 Least Valuable NFL Franchises of 2021

Published 09/06/2021, 12:14 PM EDT


Surviving the COVID-19 pandemic was a big deal for the NFL franchises. Revenues plummeted to record lows as the stadiums went vacant due to the safety protocols.

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Although the franchises made a record-breaking increase of 14% in their revenue over the past year because of the $112.6 billion deal that the league just signed with its media partners in March. Below is the list of 5 least valued franchises of NFL in 2021 according to Forbes.

Tennessee Titans

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Sitting in rank 5, the Titans are valued at $2.625 billion with a 14% surge in revenue during the past year. The franchise had a negative operating income of -$12 million.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 29: A.J. Brown #11 of the Tennessee Titans reacts following a touchdown reception in the first quarter during their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Cleveland Browns

The Browns, despite making it to the Divisional Round, did not make rank well financially. The franchise has a value of $2.6 billion and has seen an 11% growth during the past year. The operating income of the Browns is evaluated to be $5.7 million.

CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates with Jarvis Landry #80 of the Cleveland Browns after Landry caught a 7-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Detroit Lions

The Lions have a value of $2.4 million with a one-year surge of 14% in revenue. The operating income of the franchise suffered and went below zero to be -$22.2 million.

Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Will Compton (53) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the first half against the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals

The second least valued franchise of the NFL is the Cincinnati Bengals, which have a current valuation of $2.275 billion with a 14% growth in revenue. The franchise witnessed a plummet in its operating income to -$16.6 million.

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Buffalo Bills

The Bills have topped the list of the least valued NFL team of the year 2021 with a value of $2.27 billion. The franchise has seen a single year growth to be 11% and an operating income going below zero evaluating at -$17.6 million.

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Jan 9, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA;  Indianapolis Colts defensive end Justin Houston (50) and outside linebacker Darius Leonard (53) bring down Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (20) during the first half in the AFC Wild Card game at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Even though ranking at the bottom five of the most valued teams of the year 2021, none of the teams are worth less than $2 billion.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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