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No fans at Levi’s Stadium could cost 49ers $208 million this year, says Forbes

May 18, 2020 at 8:59 AM--

The San Francisco 49ers may play football games somewhere other than Levi's Stadium during the 2020 season if sporting events are not allowed to take place in Bay Area counties. The team is not alone. The other California-based teams—the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams—face a similar possibility. This is all due to continued concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to impact much of the country.

It is also possible that games are played at Levi's Stadium—and NFL stadiums across the country—but without fans in the seats. While that still holds some level of risk for those involved and the area, it is a better alternative to packing a sports venue with tens of thousands of fans for eight or more (depending on if preseason games are played and if the team hosts playoff games) times this year.

The NFL stands to lose $5.5 billion in stadium revenue this season, according to Forbes. That is the sum of tickets, concessions, sponsors, parking, and team stores for all 32 teams. Players would also lose money since 47 percent of football-related income goes to them thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement put in place in March.

Forbes also broke down the stadium-revenue losses per team. The 49ers rank No. 6 with the potential to miss out on $208 million this year. The Dallas Cowboys, of course, ranked No. 1 on the list and could lose $621 million, which is almost twice the amount of the team ranked at No. 2.

The numbers could actually be more, as these estimates are based on figures from a previous season.

The following is the ranking by Mike Ozanian of Forbes. Listed are rank, team, stadium revenue in millions, and total revenue in millions:

  1. Dallas Cowboys: 621, 950
  2. New England Patriots: 315, 600
  3. New York Giants: 262, 519
  4. Houston Texans: 218, 497
  5. New York Jets: 218, 475
  6. San Francisco 49ers: 208, 492
  7. Washington Redskins: 205, 493
  8. Atlanta Falcons: 204, 458
  9. Philadelphia Eagles 204, 482
  10. Green Bay Packers: 174, 456
  11. Miami Dolphins: 172, 443
  12. Chicago Bears: 166, 453
  13. Denver Broncos: 162, 446
  14. New Orleans Saints: 161, 441
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers: 156, 439
  16. Seattle Seahawks: 156, 439
  17. Baltimore Ravens: 153, 438
  18. Minnesota Vikings 152, 427
  19. Carolina Panthers: 143, 424
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars: 142, 424
  21. Kansas City Chiefs: 128, 410
  22. Los Angeles Rams: 121, 401
  23. Arizona Cardinals: 119, 400
  24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 119, 400
  25. Detroit Lions: 117, 385
  26. Cleveland Browns: 113, 399
  27. Indianapolis Colts: 112, 393
  28. Tennessee Titans: 110, 394
  29. Buffalo Bills: 104, 386
  30. Cincinnati Bengals: 99, 380
  31. Los Angeles Chargers: 93, 375
  32. Las Vegas Raiders: 77, 357

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