February 28, 2011; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings owner Gavin Maloof celebrates after the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at ARCO Arena. The Kings defeated the Clippers 105-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

ESPN Ranks Sacramento Kings As Second Worst Franchise In Professional Sports

The worldwide leader in sports puts out an annual list of their “ultimate team rankings” in which they grade every professional sports franchise from the four major US sports on eight different categories. Here is what the franchises are weighted on:

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

The Kings fell two spots from their 2011 ranking where they placed 119 out of 122, dropping to the 121st spot – only better than the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s been a yearly slide for the Maloof owned franchise as in 2010 they ranked a much better (though still bad) 97th.

Receiving the best score out of the Kings grades was the “bang for the buck” category, as they ranked 99th out of 121. Fan experience and stadium relations both brought down the score for the Kings, but it was ownership that hit rock bottom – ranking dead last in professional sports.

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