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.
OKC ranked No. 2 in FRL and PLA, No. 5 in AFF, No. 7 in BNG, No. 8 in OWN, No. 16 in STX, No. 22 in CCH and No. 39 in TTR.
The Thunder improved in every category from last year except affordability, where it slipped from No. 3 overall.
In four years since relocating from Seattle to OKC, the Thunder has steadily climbed the Ultimate Standings — from No. 57 in 2009, to No. 25 in 2010, to No. 6 in 2011, to No. 1 in 2012.
In the final season as the Seattle SuperSonics four years ago, the franchise ranked No. 116 overall and No. 122 (last) in ownership.
Other franchises of note:
NBA: Boston Celtics (No. 20), Chicago Bulls (No. 24), Dallas Mavericks (No. 26), world champion Miami Heat (No. 31), Los Angeles Clippers (No. 53) and Los Angeles Lakers (No. 89).
NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 12), New England Patriots (No. 22), Denver Broncos (No. 38), world champion New York Giants (No. 48), Kansas City Chiefs (No. 62), Chicago Bears (No. 76), Dallas Cowboys (No. 86).
MLB: Los Angeles Angels (No. 15), Tampa Bay Rays (No. 16), Cincinnati Reds (No. 23), world champion St. Louis Cardinals (No. 25), Atlanta Braves (No. 27), Washington Nationals (No. 34), Los Angeles Dodgers (No. 61), Kansas City Royals (No. 75), New York Yankees (No. 82), Boston Red Sox (No. 117).
In the magazine's previous polls, financial analysis was done by the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon and fan surveys were performed by Maddock Douglas and NetReflector.
Note: ESPN.com’s 2012 rankings have been temporarily taken down, but the numbers will not change when they reappear.