Minnesota Vikings dropping in value

Categories: Business, Vikings

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Will the Purple head West to some fancy new digs?
There's another warning sign that we'd better figure out a way to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. The value of the team has dropped 7 percent compared to last year in a new survey of NFL franchises.

The sobering news comes via Forbes magazine's annual Business of Football issue. The Dallas Cowboys top the valuation list at $1.8 billion. The Jacksonville Jaguars bring up the rear with $725 million. The Vikings come in at No. 30, worth $774 million -- less than half the worth of the Cowboys.

Owner Zygi Wilf invested $600 million in the Vikings in 2005. The team's lease on the Metrodome is up in 2011, and he hasn't been able to work out a deal yet for a new stadium that could considerably boost the Vikings' value -- there isn't enough public support to get the taxpayers to help foot the bill. If it's not there, Wilf may yet move the team to Los Angeles or elsewhere.

Here are the Forbes team rankings:

1. Dallas Cowboys
2. Washington Redskins
3. New England Patriots
4. New York Giants
5. Houston Texans
6. New York Jets
7. Philadelphia Eagles
8. Baltimore Ravens
9. Chicago Bears
10. Denver Broncos
11. Indianapolis Colts
12. Carolina Panthers
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Cleveland Browns
16. Miami Dolphins
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
18. Tennessee Titans
19. Seattle Seahawks
20. Kansas City Chiefs
21. New Orleans Saints
22. San Francisco 49ers
23. Arizona Cardinals
24. San Diego Chargers
25. Cincinnati Bengals
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. Detroit Lions
28. Buffalo Bills
29. St Louis Rams
30. Minnesota Vikings
31. Oakland Raiders
32. Jacksonville Jaguars

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