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Interesting, ESPN Best in Sports Annual Article #9

ESPN'stthe magazine Best in Sports issue came out this week. They've figured some formula on performing a ranking on all 122 pro sports teams. Basically what the team gives back to the fans for the time, money, and etc. they have invested into the team. It was actually a great read and I was surprised to see some of the teams that made the top 10. I guess they find a way to really give back to the fans. Here is the formula taken from the article. In all, 122 teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball were ranked in order, based on a weighted average of scores in eight different categories ranging from the quantitative to the emotionally subjective: "bang for the buck" (24.3%), players (16.6%), fan relations (16.5%), affordability (14.1%), stadium experience (9.1%), ownership (9.0%), title track (6.7%), and coaching (3.9%). "The best teams in sports find ways to reward their fans’ devotion," said ESPN The Magazine editor, Peter Keating. "The teams at the top of our Ultimate Standings are winners on the field, but, as we write in the magazine, they’re truly notable for returning fans’ love—keeping core players, discounting tickets, investing in their communities. Value, both economic and emotional, has always figured prominently in our rankings, but this year we heard louder than ever that a team’s commitment to its fans matters more than anything else, more than even new stadiums and championship rings." The Packers were the top-scoring team in two of the eight categories, topping all other teams in "stadium experience" and tying for the top spot in "title track"—championships won, or expected to be won, during the lifetime of current fans--with the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Packers also ranked fourth overall in "bang for the buck," and fifth overall in the categories "coaching" and "ownership." Their fan base makes up a substantial portion of ownership as the only publicly-owned team in U.S. pro sports. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals (#122) and Washington Redskins (#121), were the two lowest-ranked teams in the Ultimate Standings, ranking lower than the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs (#120), the NBA’s Sacramento Kings (#119) and Minnesota Timberwolves (#118), Major League Baseball’s New York Mets (#117), the NBA’s Toronto Raptors (#116), the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers (#115) and New York Islanders (#114), and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons (#113). Other notable performers in the Ultimate Standings were: The Detroit Red Wings ownership group, led by Mike Ilitch, scored highest in the analysis process. Ilitch also owns the Detroit Tigers, who finished 16th overall in this category (the Atlanta Thrashers ownership group, which has since sold the team, scored lowest at 122). The Memphis Grizzlies scored highest in the category of best "bang for the buck," determined by wins over the past two seasons per dollar contributed by fans (adjusted for differences in league schedules). The Toronto Maple Leafs scored lowest among all teams in this category, as they also did in the "affordability" category. The San Antonio Spurs were deemed sports’ best in "fan relations" (openness and consideration of players, coaches and management toward fans) and in "players" (effort on the court/field/ice and likeability off of it); the Bengals scored lowest overall in both these categories, as well as in "title track" I'll post the full standings for us to pick at. You're not going to be happy at where the Yankees stand. I'll post some notable franchises,surprises, and teams I know you all sort of like from other sports from these lists. 1. Packers 2. Lighting 3. Saints 4. Angels 5. Spurs 6. Thunder 7. Steelers 8. Rockies 9. Grizzlies 10. Penguins 11. Sabres 12. Rangers 17. Red Wings 24. Phillies 25. Rays 26. Bulls 27. Capitals 29. Mavericks 32. SF Giants 34. St. Louis Cardinals 38. Patriots 40. Celtics 44. Heat 50. Devils 51. Eagles 56. Lakers 65. Cavaliers 68. Canadiens 72. Bruins 75. Yankees 76. Jets 79. Red Sox 81. NY Giants 85. NY Rangers 96. Chargers 99. Dodgers 100. Nets 101. Dolphins 102. Cowboys 109. Knicks 115. Islanders 117. Mets 120. Maple Leafs 121. Redskins 122. Bengals

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