NFC North: All four franchises on Forbes' 50 most valuable franchises

Posted Jul 19, 2013

Tim Twentyman takes a look at where the Bears, Lions, Packers and Vikings ranked on the list

Tom LewandTom Lewand

Forbes Magazine recently published the 50 most valuable sports franchises and both the NFL and the NFC North were well represented.

In all, 30 of the NFL's 32 teams made the top 50, including all four teams in the NFC North. The only two teams not on the list were the St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Chicago Bears were the most valuable team in the division and the 16th most valuable franchise in the world with a worth of $1.161 billion. The Green Bay Packers ($1.119 billion) were No. 18, the Minnesota Vikings ($975 million) No. 35 and the Detroit Lions ($855 million) were No. 43.

The Lions, according to the magazine, have one of the NFL's heftiest debt loads thanks to their $375 million contribution to building Ford Field.

The top-ranked teams in their respective sports, according to Forbes Magazine, were:

Football: Dallas Cowboys (No. 5 overall), $2.1 billion

Baseball: New York Yankees (No. 4 overall), $2.3 billion

Basketball: New York Knicks (No. 23 overall), $1.1 billion

Hockey: Toronto Maple Leafs (No. 31 overall), $1 billion

Soccer: Real Madrid (No. 1 overall), $3.3 billion