Three NFC South teams drop in value

The economy appears to be hitting the NFC South especially hard.

Three of the division’s teams lost value from 2009 to 2010, and the New Orleans Saints increased only slightly as the team won the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

Forbes released its 2010 team valuations this week, and the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the two division teams valued at over $1 billion each, dropped from last year. The Panthers are No. 12 in the NFL with a $1.037 billion value. They dropped one percent from 2009.

The Buccaneers are No. 13 at $1.032 billion, which represents a drop of five percent from last year.

Despite the Super Bowl win and the first winning season since 2006, the Saints remained in the bottom half of the league in overall value. They’re No. 21 at $955 million. However, that represents a growth of one percent from last year.

The Falcons came at No. 26 with an $831 million value. That figure represents a drop of three percent from the last year.