That’s a jump of 45%, while the value of the team has increased by 73% over the past five years.
Kraft, who bought the Patriots in 1994 for $172 million, bears much of the blame for the year-long jump, which benefited not just his team, but the entire NFL. The $112 billion media deal the NFL struck last year was, according to commissioner Roger Goodell, largely engineered by Kraft.
Thirty of the NFL’s 32 teams are on the Top 50 list. Six of the top 10 teams and 13 of the top 20 are from the NFL, which started its regular season Thursday night.
The Dallas Cowboys remain at the top of the list, with a valuation of $8 billion, a 40% increase from last year’s valuation of $5.7 billion.
The NFL’s gains were Major League Baseball’s loss, as only five baseball teams made the top 50, an all-time low, according to Forbes.
Twelve MLB teams made the 2015 Top 50 list, but no more than eight have made it in the past seven years.
The Red Sox fell 10 spots to 30th at $3.9 billion. The club, limping to the finish line this year in last place in the AL East, was worth $3.47 billion last year when it reached the AL Championship Series.
The Red Sox remained baseball’s third-most valuable team, behind the Yankees ($6 billion), which rose from No. 2 to No. 4, and the Los Angeles Dodgers ($4.8 billion) , which, like the Red Sox, also fell 10 places, to 26th.
The Red Sox’s year-over-year growth rate was 12%, lower than the Yankees and Dodgers’ 14%.
Over the past five years, the value of the Red Sox has grown at a slower rate than the Yankees and Dodgers. The Yankees were up to 62%, the Dodgers to 48% and the Red Sox to 44%.
John Henry, also owner of the Globe, and Tom Werner are the two main players in Fenway Sports Group, which owns both the Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club, which play in the English Premier League. Liverpool fell 10 places, to 22nd on the list, to $4.45 billion. This represents a one-year growth rate of 8.5%, with a five-year growth rate of 197%.
The Celtics, owned by Wyc Grousbeck, his father Irving Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca and Robert Epstein, fell to 41st place at $3.55 billion. The team, which reached the NBA Finals last season, tied with Chelsea (Premier League) last year at No. 25, worth $3.2 billion.
The 50 teams combined are worth $227 billion, up 30% from last year.
Fifteen of the top 50 teams hail from California, the most of any state.