Before we see any standings of the 2013 season, Forbes magazine put out the rankings that matter most in the boardroom. They ranked the value of each NFL team, and the Bears came in eighth.
The Cowboys, with their fancy and hideously large stadium, came in first by far. They are valued at $2.3 billion. Behind them it's the Patriots at $1.8 million, and the Redskins, Giants and Texans round out the top five.
Chicago's team is valued at $1.25 billion. They are the most valuable team in the NFC North, and the only NFC North team in the Top 10.
Though the Packers have a large and passionate fanbase, they do play in the smallest NFL market. Minnesota also plays in a relatively small market, and Detroit is struggling to recover a fanbase after years of ineptitude on the field and in the front office.
Even with missing the playoffs four of the last five seasons, Soldier Field is still sold out every game. The Bears have the luxury of being in a large media market, and they have a huge fanbase. Turnout at training camp broke records this pre-season. All of this adds up to a valuable team.