View Full Version : 4 NBA teams in top 5 of ESPN's Ultimate Ranking of Pro Franchises

09-07-2012, 05:10 PM

The eight major categories that make up the Ultimate Standings were created based on feedback from fans about what they want most from their favorite teams (click here for a more detailed account of the method to our madness.) The categories:

Bang For The Buck (BNG): Wins during the past three years (regular season plus postseason) per revenues directly from fans, adjusted for league schedules.

Fan Relations (FRL): Openness and consideration toward fans by players, coaches and management.

Ownership (OWN): Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community.

Affordability (AFF): Price of tickets, parking and concessions.

Stadium Experience (STX): Quality of arena and game-day promotions as well as friendliness of environment.

Players (PLA): Effort on the field and likability off it.

Coaching (CCH): Strength of on-field leadership.

Title Track (TTR): Championships already won or expected in the lifetime of current fans.

1. Thunder
2. Packers
3. Spurs
4. Pacers
5. Grizzlies

09-07-2012, 05:20 PM
Let's also note that all four Los Angeles/New York basketball teams are in the bottom half.

09-07-2012, 05:24 PM
Saw these rankings and it's pretty clear that the way they evaluate them is skewed towards smaller market teams.

09-07-2012, 05:25 PM
Small-market teams = typically very cheap tickets. That, and the fact that they win, is probably why they're ranked so high.