The Pittsburgh Steelers are recognized as one of the most successful franchises in the world, and that’s not just because of the six Lombardi Trophies they have won. Forbes currently ranks the Steelers as the world’s 32nd-most valuable sports franchise in their annual list that was released Friday.
The Steelers are valued at $3 billion, which is a 58 percent increase in value throughout the past five years. To put the $3 billion value in historical context, Art Rooney paid just $2,500 when he founded the Steelers in 1933.
Pittsburgh is far from the only NFL team ranked high on Forbes’ list. In fact, the Steelers rank 15th among NFL franchises, just behind the Packers at $3.05 billion. The Steelers are placed right in front of their AFC North rival – the Ravens. Baltimore is valued at $2.98 billion.
To no surprise, the Dallas Cowboys hold the top spot. Jerry Jones owns the most valuable sports franchise in the world, according to Forbes.
Regardless of the monetary value of Pittsburgh’s beloved football team, it’s safe to say Steelers fans care much more about wins and losses on the field than beating out other teams in a battle for a ranking on a list.