ESPN Ranks All 122 Franchises in North America
Every year ESPN takes all the teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB and ranks them from top to bottom. Here are the 2015 rankings.
Rankings are based off of the game experience, players, ownership, championships, and among other factors such as coaching.
Affordability (11.3%): Price of tickets, parking and concessions
Coaching (3.2%): Strength of on-field leadership
Fan relations (25%): Courtesy by players, coaches and front office toward fans, plus how well a team uses technology to reach fans
Ownership (13.1%): Honesty; loyalty to core players and the local community
Players (14.6%): Effort on the field, likability off it
Stadium experience (9.8%): Quality of arena; fan-friendliness of environment; frequency of game-day promotions
Title track (4.6%): Championships won or expected within the lifetime of current fans
Bang for the buck (18.3%): Wins in the past two years per fan dollar, adjusted for league schedules
This year's top ten teams features a split of three NBA teams, three NHL teams, two MLB teams, and two NFL teams.
1) San Antonio Spurs
2) Memphis Grizzlies
3) Tampa Bay Lightning
4) Anaheim Ducks
5) Seattle Seahawks
6) Green Bay Packers
7) Oklahoma City Thunder
8) Pittsburgh Pirates
9) Arizona Diamondbacks
10) Dallas Stars
The bottom ten this year might be a little surprising. Four longstanding NFL franchises are among the worst. The two worst ranked teams are in big markets.
113) Vancouver Canucks
114) Chicago Bears
115) San Diego Chargers
116) New York Jets
117) Tennessee Titans
118) Philadelphia Phillies
119) Denver Nuggets
120) Washington Redskins
121) New York Knicks
122) Toronto Maple Leafs
And what about the Minnesota teams? Between the four franchises in Minnesota, the highest ranking was 37th overall. The lowest? 97th.
37) Minnesota Wild
47) Minnesota Twins
86) Minnesota Vikings
97) Minnesota Timberwolves