Over the 21-year history of the Baltimore Ravens franchise, the team has certainly made the most of it; attending ten postseasons and winning 15 games in the month of January. The majority of these wins coming on the road in the toughest environments, all resulting in two Super Bowl championships. With great success comes great value; it also makes owner Steve Bisciotti one happy man.
Last week, Forbes magazine released its most valuable sports franchise list and the Ravens were ranked 27th, worth up to $2.9 billion. That is up 19% from last year. The NFL had 29 teams ranked in this top 50 list of sports teams and Baltimore was 14th in the league. Even coming ahead of the arch-rival, Pittsburgh Steelers. Some of the teams in the NFL that below the Ravens include the Houston Texans at $2.6 billion, Philadelphia Eagles ($2.5 billion), Denver Broncos ($2.4 billion), Miami Dolphins ($2.38 billion), and Green Bay Packers ($2.35 billion).
The NFL team that is not only worth the most in the league, but the most valuable franchise in all of sports is once again the Dallas Cowboys at $4.2 billion. The New York Yankees followed up at No. 2 at $3.7 billion. The second NFL team after the Cowboys was the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. Who are worth up to $3.4 billion.
Back in 2004, Bisciotti purchased the remaining 51% of the Ravens from Art Modell for $325 million after serving a 4-year apprenticeship under Modell. Now, they are worth up to $2.9 billion and hoping to grow even more in the years ahead. Bisciotti has done it with great leadership by being calm and letting his football people do the work. Only stepping in when necessary and will speak when he feels it's most needed.
Bisciotti simply gets it when it comes to Baltimore sports, being from Severna Park, Maryland, attending Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Colts games as a kid. He suffered as all fans did when the Colts left in the middle of the night, back in 1983.
He used his experience of growing Aerotek with his cousin and was able to transfer that knowledge to operating the Ravens. Now, Bisciotti is one of the best owners in the NFL, and a figure the city of Baltimore loves to have as the man in charge of their football team.