If Forbes Magazine's list of the top-50 most valuable sports franchises in the world represented a high school, the NFL would definitely be the cool kids.Professional football teams made up six of the top 10 most valuable sports franchises and 14 of the top 20. In fact, all 32 NFL teams were represented on the list, something that no other league in the world could do. The highest team ranking was No. 2, the Dallas Cowboys and the lowest was No. 45, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Even if the midst of a lockout, the NFL cannot be dethroned as the worlds greatest sports league.
Well if Forbes is the school principal and we, as Bengals fans, were called in for a parent-teacher conference, Mr. Forbes would probably look at us and then just shake his head and tell us that we have an underachieving slacker of a son and we need to do a better job as parents.
He would then point out that the Bengals are ranked in the lower half of the entire school, coming in at No. 33 and that he is ranked at No. 25 of the NFL teams.
Even though the team is valued at $905 million, that doesn't really compare to $1.81 billion that the Cowboys are worth or the $1.55 billion the Redskins are worth.
However, like I said, the Bengals are ranked at No. 25, so there are worse teams. The Bengals outrank the Falcons, Lions, Bills, Rams, Vikings, Raiders and Jaguars. So, that's something right? I mean it isn't like our kid is the worst kid in the world. He's definitely a lot better than that Raiders kid whose dad looks like the Crypt Keeper.
Well yeah, they're ranked higher than the Vikings and Falcons but that will likely change as the Falcons and Vikings win more often and with the recent Carson Palmer debacle and the fact that there isn't another winning season anywhere on the horizon, the Bengals could easily fall down from the cool kids to the not-so-cool kids.
Mike Brown needs to pick it up if he wants to stay in the cool-kids club, because right now the Bengals' cool stock is on a downward trend.