You’re most likely wondering to yourself, “what the Abigail are the ESPN Ultimate Team Rankings…” – and for that? I applaud you, mostly because I’m wondering the same thing. But fear not my little fragile snowflakes, for I have the answer.
Apparently, for the past 8 years, ESPN has partaken in the sorting of MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises – ranking them in terms of the “give back” to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them. And yes, the “give back” is their wording – not mine. That’s why they’re ESPN and I’m not.
Here is the criteria for the rankings:
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.
In terms of all combined franchises, the Kings pulled in a 97th ranking out of 122 and 21st out of 30 NBA teams.
If you feel I haven’t wasted enough of your time, you can find the rankings and tables here. But be fully aware, there are no refunds on your time.