Kansas City Chiefs ranked 45th in Forbes’ sports franchise value list

Kansas City Chiefs ranked 45th in Forbes’ sports franchise value list

If you’re wondering what the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV win did for the value of the franchise, we now have a pretty good idea. Forbes has published its annual list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises and the Chiefs remain among the most valuable sports franchises in the world.

Last year’s list saw Kansas City worth $2.1 billion and ranked No. 47 with no increase in value. The year prior the team had seen a 12% increase in value and was ranked at No. 43. This year Clark Hunt’s team has ascended in the rankings with a 7.7% increase in value to $2.3 billion and a No. 45 ranking on the list. When you consider that the Chiefs only cost Lamar Hunt $25K back in 1960, I’d say that’s a pretty great return on investment.

Perhaps the most surprising thing here is that the franchise value didn’t increase more coming off of its first Super Bowl victory in 50 years. Still, Kansas City is considered one of the smallest NFL markets, so to even be recognized on this list is a huge win each year. What’s disappointing is that the Chiefs will likely take a hit in value with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting things like ticket sales during the upcoming season.

The Chiefs also continue to be the least valuable franchise among the four teams in the AFC West. Here’s a look at where their rival teams rank:

Denver Broncos – 25th – $3 billion
Las Vegas Raiders – 26th – $2.9 billion
Los Angeles Chargers – 38th (tie) – $2.5 billion

The Raiders jumped quite a bit in their move from Oakland as they were ranked 34th last year. The Chargers are the least valuable sports franchise in Los Angeles, despite moving into SoFi Stadium with the Rams.

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