The team followed up its 24% jump last year with a 19% jump this year, bringing its estimated value to a whopping $1.8 billion, certainly not hurt by their partially-subsidized stadium renovations. The Rays can only salivate.
But here's where the Rays can sympathize: the Bucs have slid to 28th in the NFL in estimated franchise value.
Hard to imagine this is the same franchise that was the 12th-most valuable franchise - in any sport - in the entire world in 2010. But then again, the sweetest stadium deal in Tampa Bay was then used to help an entire league of teams leverage their respective cities for new palatial playplaces.
Don't get too comfy, Tampa Bay, your turn for a new NFL stadium is once again less than a decade away!
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