ESPN The Magazine ranks Thunder No. 1 in its Ultimate Standings

The Ultimate Standings measures the relationship between NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL franchises and their fans.
By John Rohde Published: September 6, 2012

ESPN The Magazine has the Oklahoma City Thunder ranked No. 1 in its 2012 Ultimate Standings, which measures the relationship between NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL franchises and their fans.

The Thunder jumped from No. 6 last year to supplant the Green Bay Packers atop the rankings of 122 professional franchises.

NBA teams occupied four of the top five spots.

After OKC came the Packers (No. 2), San Antonio Spurs (No. 3), Indiana Pacers (No. 4), Memphis Grizzlies (No. 5), Phoenix Coyotes (No. 6), Tampa Bay Lightning (No. 7), New Orleans Saints (No. 8), Texas Rangers (No. 9) and Arizona Diamondbacks (No. 10).

This was the magazine's 10th annual survey, and franchises are ranked in the following categories:

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): Prices 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 within the lifetime of current fans.

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