NFL Edges Towards A Full House In London

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Since 2013, the NFL has played at least two games per season across the pond in London. The 90, 000 capacity Wembley Stadium has played host to the likes of the Miami Dolphins, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys in front of thousands of spectators there to get a taste of the live American football experience.

Attendance figures for these International Series games have been strong and are rising gradually. Over the three games in 2015 the average turnout in London was 83, 877. The next game is due to be played on Saturday and according to the Wembley Stadium website general admission tickets are sold out.

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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 11 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. 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 five and three billion U.S. dollars in annual revenue respectively. The Dallas Cowboys are the highest-grossing team in the league with more than 600 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 2014.

In 2015, the Dallas Cowboys were also the most valuable franchise in the NFL with an estimated value of four billion U.S. dollars according to Forbes. League-wide franchises were worth almost 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 1.4 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 68, 000 spectators per game in the 2015 season, a total of more than 17 million. The average ticket price in the NFL was at 85.83 U.S. dollars in 2015 according to Team Marketing Report. 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.

 

Statistics and facts on the Dallas Cowboys

The NFL franchise Dallas Cowboys was established in 1960, and is currently owned by Jerry Jones, who bought the team in 1989. The team made its first Super Bowl appearance in 1970, winning its first title a year after that in 1971. In total, the Cowboys have won five Super Bowls– 1971, 1977, 1992, 1993 and 1995 – only one championship less than the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team with the most titles. Notable players include Pro Football Hall of Fame members Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.
The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable NFL franchise; they were valued at four billion U.S. dollars in 2015, whereas the average for all NFL teams was at about two billion. With revenues of 620 million U.S. dollars in 2014, the Dallas Cowboys are also the most profitable NFL franchise. The second-placed New England Patriots, for example, generated around 490 million U.S. dollars in revenues in the same year. The Dallas Cowboys are also amongst the most valuable sports brand worldwide.

The Dallas Cowboys have developed a solid fan base over the years, and lead the league in attendance. More than 700 thousand people attend home games of the Dallas Cowboys per season, a per game average of nearly 90 thousand fans per home game. The Dallas Cowboys are also very popular on social media as they have the most followed NFL team account on Facebook, and the second most followed NFL Twitter team handle.

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