Total revenue of NFL franchises 2001-2018

The statistic depicts the total league revenue of the National Football League from 2001 to 2018. In 2018, the 32 teams of the NFL generated revenue of 14.48 billion U.S. dollars.

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National Football League (NFL) revenue – additional information

The National Football League (NFL) is the most profitable professional sports league in the United States. The total revenue of all 32 NFL teams has constantly increased over the past 15 years, rising from about four billion U.S. dollars in 2001 to over 14 billion U.S. dollars in 2018, the highest figure to date. In comparison, in 2018, Major League Baseball (MLB) generated about 9.9 billion U.S. dollars in revenues, while the revenue of the the revenue of the National Basketball Association (NBA) reached a total of 8.01 billion U.S. dollars that year.

The NFL has different revenue streams, such as sponsorships, media (both broadcasting and digital), partnerships, ticket sales and concessions. In 2018, NFL regular season ticketing revenue made up about 15.47 percent of the league’s total revenue. NFL league and team sponsorship generated 1.39 billion U.S. dollars that year, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the total revenue. Television rights are also a major stream of revenue for the NFL, as the Super Bowl dominates the list of most watched TV programs every year in the U.S.

The five-time Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys is the highest-grossing team in the league. In 2019, the Cowboys generated 950 million U.S. dollars in revenue. The Boston area-based New England Patriots is the second most profitable franchise in the NFL with 600 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2019, followed by the New York Giants, with 519 million U.S. dollars in revenue.

Total revenue of all National Football League teams from 2001 to 2018 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period

2001 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Total revenue is calculated from team revenues.

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