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September 18, 2013
ESPN ranks Kings last among major sports franchises

Considering earlier this year there was a real chance there would be no more Sacramento Kings basketball, I can't imagine fans would put much stock in where the Kings rank in the latest ESPN Franchise Ultimate Standings.

But since rankings are out there for fodder, it is worth noting ESPN ranks the Kings last, 122nd overall, among all franchises in the four major sports leagues.

According to a press release, this was the criteria used to put the Kings behind the NFL's New York Jets (121) and MLB's Miami Marlins (120):

"Every year, ESPN The Magazine compiles the results of fan surveys and financial analysis to determine which teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL offer the greatest rewards for all the emotion, money and time that fans 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 areas ranging from the quantitative to the emotionally subjective:

• Fan relations (25.2%)
• Affordability (17.4%)
• "Bang for the buck" (16.8%)
• Stadium experience (12.4%)
• Players (11.30%)
• Ownership (10.2%)
• Title track (3.6%)
• Coaching (3.1%)"

With Vivek Ranadive taking over the Kings, some of the subjective categories should be on the upswing in Sacramento.

But we'll have to give everything some time before knowing if the perception of the Kings is changing.

Here are the Top 10 overall franchises in the ESPN Ultimate Standings for 2013:

1. Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
2. San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
3. Indiana Pacers (NBA)
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
5. Green Bay Packers (NFL)
6. Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
7. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
8. Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
9. Ottawa Senators (NHL)
10. Baltimore Ravens (NFL)

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