Vikings move up to No. 35 on Forbes franchise list

It’s no secret winning teams are worth more, but as the Minnesota Vikings found out, making the playoffs is worth almost $200 million.
Forbes came out with its top 50 most valuable sports franchises and the Vikings jumped up six spots from last season to finish at No. 35 for 2013, with a valuation of $975 million. That’s $179 million more than last year when Forbes valued the Vikings being worth $796 million.
All but two NFL teams cracked the top 50 this season with the Dallas Cowboys once again leading the way with a $2.1 billion valuation, fifth most of all franchises. Dallas has been the NFL’s most valuable team since 2007.
Minnesota comes in as the third most valuable team in the NFC North after coming in fourth last year. This season the Chicago Bears led the way at No. 16, the Green Bay Packers followed at No. 18 and the Detroit Lions were in last at No. 43.
Here is the complete list of NFL teams in Forbes’ top 50:
1. Dallas Cowboys (5)
2. New England Patriots (6)
3. Washington Redskins (8)
4. New York Giants (9)
5. Houston Texans (13)
6. New York Jets (14)
7. Philadelphia Eagles (15)
8. Chicago Bears (16)
9. San Francisco 49ers (17)
10. Green Bay Packers (18)
11. Baltimore Ravens (19)
12. Indianapolis Colts  (20)
13. Denver Broncos (22)
14. Pittsburgh Steelers (23)
15. Miami Dolphins (25)
16. Carolina Panthers (26)
17. Seattle Seahawks (27)
18. Tampa Bay Bucs (28)
19. Tennesee Titans (29)
20. Kansas City Chiefs (30)
21. Cleveland Browns (34)
22. Minnesota Vikings (35)
23. New Orleans Saints (36)
24. San Diego Chargers (38)
25. Arizona Cardinals (39)
26. Cincinnati Bengals (42)
27. Detroit Lions (43)
28. Atlanta Falcons (44)
29. Buffalo Bills (46)
30. Oakland Raiders (50)