According to Forbes magazine’s annual report on the value of NFL franchises, the average value of a team dropped for the first time in 12 years. Forbes cites the economic downturn and the possibility of a lockout in 2011 as reasons for the drop in average value.
According to the report, the average worth of NFL teams fell two percent to $1.02 billion in 2010 from $1.04 billion last year.
Seattle ranks 19th overall this year, holding steady with a value of $994 million. For the first time in four years there is not a wait to buy season tickets for Seahawk games, although the team will continue its sellout streak of 60 straight games at Qwest Field. The Seahawks ranked 20th overall last year.
Dallas Cowboys hold down the top spot as the league’s most valuable franchise at $1.8 billion, followed by Washington ($1.55 billion), New England ($1.37 billion), the N.Y. Giants ($1.18 billion) and Houston ($1.17 billion).
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the least valuable franchise at $725 million.
In my story today, punter Jon Ryan says the security of a long-term deal helped him focus on getting better during the offseason. Ryan also is growing out his hair for Locks of Love, a charity that helps to make wigs for child cancer patients after they’ve gone through chemotherapy.
More on Ryan: He spent part of the offseason working with special teams consultant Gary Zauner in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com talks to rookie receiver Golden Tate, who says that he’s working through some issues in learning the scheme in order to get some more work with the first unit.
Gregg Bell of the Associated Press talks to running back Leon Washington about his opportunity to start on Saturday.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com breaks down the differences in Matt Hasselbeck performance in the first and second preseason games.
I talked with KJR’s Ian Furness about Wednesday’s practice happenings and potential surprise roster cuts in this audio link.
Football Outsiders’ Doug Farrar reviews the NFC West with Will Brinson in this podcast.
Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange writes that although NFL owners overwhelmingly support an 18-game season, it’s far from a done deal.
Warren Moon, Kenny Easley and Cortez Kennedy are all Seahawks who made Sports Illustrated’s list of the 101 Greatest NFL players by jersey number. It’s a nice package, and definitely a trip down memory lane if jersey numbers meant anything to you growing up.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post continues his Inside the Playbook series with a look at what the Indianapolis Colts do well offensively.