Packers Awarded 'Best Franchise'

Fresh off a Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers top the charts in ESPN The Magazine's annual rundown.

The Green Bay Packers finished atop ESPN The Magazine's ninth-annual "Best Franchises in Sports" rankings.

In all, 122 teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball were ranked, based on a weighted average of scores in eight categories: "bang for the buck" (24.3 percent), players (16.6 percent), fan relations (16.5 percent), affordability (14.1 percent), stadium experience (9.1 percent), ownership (9.0 percent), title track (6.7 percent), and coaching (3.9 percent).

"The best teams in sports find ways to reward their fans' devotion," magazine editor Peter Keating said. "The teams at the top of our Ultimate Standings are winners on the field, but, as we write in the magazine, they're truly notable for returning fans' love — keeping core players, discounting tickets, investing in their communities. Value, both economic and emotional, has always figured prominently in our rankings, but this year we heard louder than ever that a team's commitment to its fans matters more than anything else, more than even new stadiums and championship rings."

The Packers were followed by the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, the NFL's New Orleans Saints, with Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies, the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Packers were the top-scoring team in two of the eight categories, topping all other teams in "stadium experience" and tying for the top spot with the hockey's Detroit Red Wings and Penguins in "title track" — championships won, or expected to be won, during the lifetime of current fans. The Packers also ranked fourth overall in "bang for the buck" — or wins per dollars spent — and fifth in "coaching" and "ownership,"

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