Notre Dame is college football's second-most valuable team

Notre Dame is college football's second-most valuable team
December 18, 2013, 11:45 am
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Forbes released its list of the top 20 most valuable college football programs on Wednesday, and Notre Dame checked in at No. 2 with a value of $117 million. Only Texas, valued at $139 million, topped the Irish.

Alabama ($110 million), LSU ($105 million) and Michigan ($104 million) rounded out the top five.

Here's Forbes' analysis of the Irish:

College football’s second-most valuable team is Notre Dame, which rebounded 14% to $117 million after suffering a down year. That surge in value is mostly tied to the Fighting Irish “hosting” an additional home game (which was played in Chicago’s Soldier Field), providing support to academic programming that’s unmatched by any team in college football and qualifying for the BCS National Championship, which netted the school a unique $6.2 million payout.

While Florida State and Clemson both were valued at over $50 million by Forbes and could see bumps stemming from BCS payouts this year, neither team -- nor any other ACC team -- ranked among the 20 most valuable programs. For the ACC, adding Notre Dame for five games a year should help boost the financial value of the league's football programs, given the capacity or near-capacity crowds that generally follow the Irish on the road.