In 1992, Robert Kraft owned Foxboro Stadium, then home of the New England Patriots and rejected a $US75 million offer to buy out the lease which would have allowed the team to move. Instead, Kraft paid a then-NFL record $US175 million to buy the team and keep it in the Boston area.
It was a gutsy move for a team playing nearly a decade’s worth of bad football in an outdated stadium. However, the move paid off big-time for the former Patriots season-ticket holder as the team is now the second-most valuable team in the NFL, valued at $US2.6 billion according to Forbes.com’s latest valuations.
In 2000, the Patriots were considered just a slightly above average team with a value of $US464 million compared to the average NFL team ($423 million). Since then, the value of the Patriots has increased 460% while the average NFL team has increased 237%.
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