SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 18: Tight end Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers splits defensive backs Michael Huff #24 and Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders during a pre-season game at Monster Park August 18, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Vernon Davis;Nnamdi Asomugha;Michael Huff
Bay Area sports dorks who actually care about finance have a little more reason to be proud of the home teams.
The Oakland Raiders find that they are no longer the least valuable franchise in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers, meanwhile, are one of only five NFL teams to have increased in value over the last year.
On last year's list, the Raiders were in dead last place. This year they have moved up one notch to next-to-last place, with an estimated value of $758 million.
The Raiders are still losing money like Michael Jordan's kid on a craps bender, and they're worth even less money than they were last year. But the Jacksonville Jaguars have taken over last place, on account of their stadium rent being jacked up this season.
The 49ers, ranked No. 22 on the list with a value of $925 million, are one of only five teams whose value has increased since 2009.
This is the first year in the history of Forbes' list in which the average value of an NFL team actually went down.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is still waiting to be featured on Forbes magazine's "Brokest Bloggers" list.