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We're No. 2: Tampa Bay Lightning is the second best pro sports franchise, says ESPN The Magazine



The Tampa Bay Lightning is ranked the second-best pro sports franchise in an edition of ESPN The Magazine due on newsstands on Friday. The NFL's Packers are No. 1. It is quite a jump for the Lightning, which last year was ranked 70th. Just shows you what a little leadership at the top and putting the right people in place to run an organization will do.

It is best to take anything like this with a grain of salt. It's just fun to see and debate where certain teams stand.

According to a release sent out by ESPN, the methodology used in the rankings figured out how much "teams give back to fans for the time, money and emotion they invest in them." 

The releases continued: The rankings are determined by a multi-tiered analysis that examines a team’s efficiency in spending fan money as compared to its on-field performance. It also factors in feedback in 21 categories from more than 70,000 fans nationwide, both online at and in polling conducted by both independent third parties.

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 Packers were followed by the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning at number two overall in the Best Franchise In Sports rankings. The NFL’s New Orleans Saints came in at number three, with Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at number four and the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs at number five. Additional leaders include the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder at number six, the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers at number seven, Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies at number eight, and the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins rounding out the top at numbers nine and ten respectively.

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).

[Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2011 12:15am]


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