49ers lead NFC West in estimated value

Victories on the field and on the stadium front presumably helped the San Francisco 49ers pump up their estimated value by 19 percent from one year ago in Forbes' NFL franchise valuations.

2012 Forbes Franchise Values

High valuations can help strengthen borrowing power. They usually reflect organizational health. They're terrific for an owner looking to sell his franchise. They can be burdensome for heirs, as Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez discovered upon inheriting the St. Louis Rams from their mother. Estate-tax issues led them to sell the team.

The Rams rank 31st out of 32 teams in value. That will likely change if the team can get its stadium situation worked out favorably.

Minnesota (22 percent) and San Francisco (19) led the NFL in year-over-year valuation growth in Forbes' estimation. Both have favorably resolved longstanding stadium issues.

For the 49ers, finishing last season with a 13-3 record had to help. Also in the past year, the team added minority owners with deep pockets, Gideon Yu and Mark Wan.