Forbes ranked the most valuable sports franchises in the world, and the Carolina Panthers were able to sneak into the top 25, at #23 overall. According to Forbes, the Panthers are currently valued at 1.048 billion US Dollars, an impressive figure for a team that really hasn't had much ‘success' in their almost two decades of existence.
Their valuation ranks them 16th in the NFL. In the NFC, they were ranked as the seventh most valuable franchise. Even better, they ranked ahead of the rest of the teams in the NFC South, as the Buccaneers, Saints and Falcons all ranked less than the Panthers, at 18, 23 and 28 respectively.
Here's what Forbes had to say about the Panthers:
The Panthers franchise got a shot in the arm last year from quarterback Cam Newton (above), who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft out of Auburn. Newton led the Panthers to six wins, four more than in 2010, and had a combined 35 touchdowns rushing and throwing. Newton was nearly a unanimous choice for the Rookie of the Year award.
Despite being stuck in mediocrity the last five years, the Panthers are still a very profitable franchise. Therefore, it's not unrealistic to think that this team will continue to grow. With a young superstar quarterback in Cam Newton, and a promising General Manager in Dave Gettleman, it seems like the only direction this franchise will go is ‘up'.