National Football League (NFL) - statistics & facts
The National Football League (NFL) is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the United States and across the world. The league comprises 32 teams across two conferences, the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC), that each consist of four divisions. The championship game, more commonly known as the Super Bowl, draws in millions of viewers every year, making it one of the highlights of the sporting calendar.
The Dallas Cowboys were the highest-grossing team in the league, generating over 1.1 billion U.S. dollars in revenue, with the Las Vegas Raiders, the Los Angeles Rams, the New England Patriots, and the New York Giants rounding out the top five in terms of revenue in 2022. The Cowboys were also the most valuable franchise in the NFL, with a value of nine billion U.S. dollars. The Cincinnati Bengals were estimated as being the least valuable, with a worth of 3.5 billion U.S. dollars. League-wide, NFL franchises were worth around 5.1 billion U.S. dollars on average in 2023, demonstrating significant growth in overall team values since the turn of the century. Compared to the NBA, MLB, and the NHL, NFL franchises were generally estimated to be the most valuable.
The NFL's annual championship game, the Super Bowl, is one of the biggest single-day sports events in the world, drawing high television ratings each year and generating several billion U.S. dollars in consumer spending. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots are the joint most successful teams of all time at the Super Bowl, having both lifted the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy a total of six times each.
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