More statistics and facts about the National Football League
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 10 years, rising from about four billion U.S. dollars in 2001 to over 12 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, the highest figure to date. In comparison, in 2015, Major League Baseball (MLB) generated about 8.4 billion U.S. dollars in revenues, while the revenue of the the revenue of the National Basketball Association (NBA) reached a total of 5.18 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 2015, NFL regular season ticketing revenue made up about 16.45 percent of the league’s total revenue. NFL league and team sponsorship generated 1.2 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 of all time in the U.S.
The five-time Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys is the highest-grossing team in the league. In 2015, the Cowboys generated 700 million U.S. dollars in revenue. The Boston area-based New England Patriots is the second most profitable franchise in the NFL with 523 million U.S. dollars in revenue in 2015, followed by the Washington Redskins, with 447 million U.S. dollars in revenue.