National Football League (NFL) - Statistics & Facts

National Football League (NFL) - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on the National Football League (NFL)

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional football league in the United States. The league was founded in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association and played its inaugural season with eleven teams. Today, the NFL comprises 32 teams spread out over two conferences, the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC), that each consist of four divisions.


The NFL as a whole has increased its revenue every year for more than ten years now from around 6 billion U.S. dollars in 2004 to more than 12 billion U.S. dollars in 2015. In comparison, the revenue of Major League Baseball (MLB) was at 8.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, while the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) generated around six and four billion U.S. dollars in annual revenue respectively. The Dallas Cowboys are the highest-grossing team in the league with more than 700 million U.S. dollars in revenue, with the New England Patriots, the Washington Redskins, the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants rounding out the top-5 in terms of revenue in 2015.

In 2016, the Dallas Cowboys were also the most valuable franchise in the NFL with an estimated value of 4.2 billion U.S. dollars according to Forbes. League-wide franchises were worth more than two billion U.S. dollars on average. Compared to the NBA, MLB and the NHL, NFL franchises are the most valuable. The least valuable franchise is the Buffalo Bills with a value of 1.5 billion U.S. dollars, still more than the estimated average value of teams in MLB (1.3 billion U.S. dollars).

The NFL is also the professional sports league with the highest average per game attendance, drawing more than 69 thousand spectators per game in the 2016 season, a total of almost 18 million. The average ticket price in the NFL was at 85.83 U.S. dollars in 2015. Tickets to games of the New York Giants are the most expensive (123.4 U.S. dollars). The least expensive tickets, based on the average ticket price, are for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ games, with an average price of 57.65 U.S. dollars.

The annual championship game, the Super Bowl, is one of the biggest single day sports events in the world drawing high television ratings each year, generating several billion U.S. dollars in consumer spending.



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Facts on the National Football League (NFL)
Franchise value & revenueValuesStatistic
NFL total league revenue12.16bn USD Details →
NFL team with the highest revenue - Dallas Cowboys700m USD Details →
Average franchise value of NFL teams2.34bn USD Details →
NFL franchise with the highest value - Dallas Cowboys4.2bn USD Details →
Sponsorship revenue of the NFL1.25bn USD Details →
Viewership & fan interestValuesStatistic
Number of people who watched an NFL game on TV136.37m Details →
Most followed NFL team on Twitter - New England Patriots 2.51m Details →
NFL team with the most Facebook fans - Dallas Cowboys8.27m Details →
Share of people who consider themselves fans of pro football70% Details →
Share of football fans whose favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys10% Details →
Attendance & ticket pricesValuesStatistic
NFL total regular season attendance17.8m Details →
Average attendance in the NFL69,487 Details →
NFL team with the highest attendance - Dallas Cowboys92,539 Details →
NFL average ticket price93 USD Details →
Franchise with the highest average ticket price in the NFL - Chicago Bears132 USD Details →
Average price for a beer at NFL stadiums7.4 USD Details →
The Super BowlValuesStatistic
Super Bowl TV viewership111.3m Details →
Average cost of 30-second TV advertisement during Suoer Bowl broadcast5m USD Details →
Estimated Super Bowl related consumer spending in the U.S.14.1bn USD Details →
Money wagered in Nevada’s sports books on the Super Bowl132.55m USD Details →
Nuumber of Super Bowl wins of the New England Patriots5 Details →


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