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An article in Forbes listed our beloved New England Patriots as the second most valuable team in the NFL, behind only the Dallas Cowboys. The Patriots are valued at $1.64 billion while the Cowboys sit at $2.1 billion.
The article goes onto mention that the Patriots have sold out every game at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002, and recently raised ticket prices this season for the first time since 2008. The waiting list for season tickets stands at about 60,000 people, showing how New England has definitely become a football area.
The high value of the team is just another reason why fans should be grateful for all they are witnessing with through the ownership of Robert Kraft. The team’s culture of getting the absolute most out of every one of its players, echoes throughout the entire organization as everyone works towards the same goal: winning championships.
Kraft, along with a strong supporting cast featuring head coach Bill Belichick, has turned this organization into the measuring post for the NFL. Every year, no matter who trots out in the Patriot uniform, this team remains a contender and a threat to make it to the Super Bowl. Belichick has shown his intelligence on and off the field, turning unknown players into championship caliber teams.
Kraft has put a lot of effort into turning Gillette Stadium into a tourist attraction with Patriot Place and the Patriot Hall of Fame. With the Super Bowl being played in New York in 2014, and all the work Kraft has done for the NFL, especially during the lockout, I wouldn’t be surprised if he lobbied to have the Super Bowl in New England before all is said and done.
Having such a valuable team goes to show that all the hard work that has been put into turning this organization into a champion, has yielded positive results. As fans we have seen five Super Bowl appearances with three victories and two heartbreaking losses. We have seen a team go undefeated for a regular season, and every year when critics seem to think the Patriots will be tossed off their AFC East throne, they step up their game and show the rest of the division they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.