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ESPN Ranks Lightning as 2nd Best Franchise in Pro-Sports

From 1040 ESPN Tampa:

The Tampa Bay Lightning is the second-best franchise in sports, according to ESPN The Magazine’s ninth annual “Best Franchise in Sports’’ rankings, which will hit newsstands on Friday. According to ESPN, only the Super Bowl-champion Packers are a better franchise than the Lightning, which advanced to within a game of the Stanley Cup final in Jeff Vinik’s first year as the team owner.

According to ESPN The Magazine, the study 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. ...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 ESPN.com and in polling conducted by both independent third parties.’‘

All 122 teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball were ranked in order in eight different categories: “bang for the buck,’’ players, fan relations, affordability, stadium experience, ownership, title track and coaching.

For a complete listing of ESPN’s rankings go here.

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What a perfectly reasonable list…oh wait…

Posted by godblender on 06/17/11 at 05:29 PM ET

cainer4wingsglory's avatar

Ya, ok….

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 06/17/11 at 06:08 PM ET


According to this list the Leafs are a worse “fan investment” than a team (Atlanta) that won’t exist come Tuesday.

Posted by jkrdevil on 06/17/11 at 06:13 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Pitt has 2 teams in the top 10.
So does that make Pittsburgh the best sports town in North America?

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/17/11 at 07:51 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

According to this list the Leafs are a worse “fan investment” than a team (Atlanta) that won’t exist come Tuesday.

You can’t argue with that logic.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 06/17/11 at 07:55 PM ET

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