You folks are all a part of a huge machine: the Texan revenue machine. It's part of the reason why every Texans game has been a sellout and the Texans just barely cracked Forbes Magazine's annual Most Valuable Franchises List. Nick Scurfield at the mothership has the news:â†µ
Earlier this week, Forbes ranked the Texans as the 10th-most valuable sports franchise in the world with an estimated worth of $1.15 billion. Texans founder Bob McNair paid $700 million to the NFL to bring the expansion team to Houston in 1999.â†µ
It's a testament to the enormous popularity of the NFL that six of the 10 teams on the list are from the league, including the Texans and Dallas Cowboys (No. 2), Washington Redskins (No. 3), New England Patriots (No. 5) New York Giants (No. 8) and New York Jets (No. 9).â†µ
In case you were wondering about the other franchises: Manchester United of the English Premier League came in #1, the New York Yankees came in #4, Real Madrid of La Liga came in #6, and Arsenal of the EPL came in #7. With 9 of the Top 10, looks like no matter what country you're from, the sport you call "football" makes the most money.