The Thunder finished 57th in ESPN the Magazine’s seventh annual "Ultimate Standings,” a system that ranks the 122 professional sports franchises in eight categories to determine which fans are getting the most in return for their investment of time, money and passion.
The Thunder ranked eighth among the 122 pro teams in affordability, which includes tickets, parking and concessions. The organization was 10th in bang for the buck, which is based on wins over the past three years measured against money it receives from fans. In other categories, the Thunder was 24th for players’ effort and likability; 38th in fan relations; 48th in coaching; 65th in ownership; and 86th in both stadium experience and title track (winning). ESPN’s comment on the organization’s rise from a No. 116 ranking last year as the Seattle SuperSonics: "Looks like the move from the Emerald City was a fan-friendly one. Clay Bennett may have been the worst owner in last year’s standings, but Oklahoma City fans have given their new franchise a 59-spot overall bump and an increase in nearly every category.