Thursday, June 16, 2011

Penguins Make Top Ten in ESPN's "Best Franchises in Sports"

ESPN The Magazine's ninth annual "Best in Sports" issue will hit stands tomorrow (Friday, June 17th) which includes the feature, "Best Franchises in Sports."
The “Best Franchises In Sports” feature is part of ESPN The Magazine’s Ultimate Standings methodology study, which determines an overall ranking for pro sports franchises according to how much they give back to fans for the time, money and emotion they invest in them.
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 Penguins make the list at number 10 while the Pittsburgh Steelers were at number 7 and the rest of the rankings look like this:
  1. Green Bay Packers (NFL)
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
  3. New Orleans Saints (NFL)
  4. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MBA)
  5. San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
  6. Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
  8. Colorado Rockies (MBA)
  9. Memphis Grizzlies (MBA)
  10. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Seeing how only two teams in the NHL cracked the top ten I'd say number 10 isn't too shabby (and the TB Lightning at #2 is pretty impressive)!

To read more about the current ESPN The Magazine hitting newstands tomorrow, CLICK HERE.


CrackerLilo said...

I know the Lightning have gotten some new fans this year--my teenage cousin in Orlando's one of them. I've been teaching him about hockey. Glad the Penguins made the list, and how good it is for Pittsburgh to have 2 teams on it? I'm not surprised.

Nice to see you blogging, and tweeting during the SCF last night!

Stephanie said...

THANK YOU!!! : ) I enjoy blogging, but as I've always said, life gets in the way sometimes (and has a way of making EVERYTHING unpleasant) ... so its really nice (and a BONUS) when a reader notices!!! THANKS again ... I'm tickled!

Cat said...

Ok I'd probably have to read the whole article, but how do the Lightning rank above the Penguins??? From what I have seen over the years few teams give as much back as the Penguins players and management do. Still, it is nice to see them recognized. Congrats to them!