ESPN The Magazine has published the latest edition of its annual Ultimate Standings, a detailed list that assesses each MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL franchise on the extent to which they repay their fans for their loyalty. The ranking system is based off of eight categories of importance to fans, including "bang for the buck", fan relations, ownership, affordability, stadium experience, players, coaching, and title track (a measure of the team's past success and prospects for the future). The rankings are a result of fan feedback and statistical analysis. For example, "bang for the buck" entails the calculation of the teams' wins over the past three years per the revenues from the fans.
The New Orleans Saints--the 2010 Super Bowl champion--was ranked as the best franchise of the year. Other teams that did exceptionally well were the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Angels, and the Indianapolis Colts. The teams that were ranked as the worst included the Los Angeles Clippers, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Washington Wizards.
The Colorado Rockies ranked the highest out of all the Colorado franchises, particularly in the affordability category. The Rockies were ranked as the 10th most affordable sports franchise and boasted the 12th best stadium experience. The players were ranked the 18th best, and the team offers the 25th best “bang for the buck”. It was listed as the 25th best team for fan relations, the 28th best for coaching, the 49th best for title track, and has the 57th best ownership. The Rockies jumped an impressive 59 spots in its total ranking from last year.
The Avalanche were ranked 21st for the team’s title track, 22nd for its fan relations, and 24th for the team’s players. The Avs were regarded as having the 39th best ownership, the 48th best stadium experience, and the 51st best coaching staff. However, the team ranked extremely low in the affordability category, being named the 90th most affordable franchise.
The Nuggets were recognized for offering the 29th best "bang for the buck", the 30th best coaching staff, and the 40th best team ownership. The franchise also provides the 56th best stadium experience and the 66th best title track. The team scored low at number 69 in the affordability category, number 77 for the franchise’s players, and number 97 for the team’s relations with its fans.
The Broncos scored the lowest out of all the Colorado franchises. The team was given a decent ranking at number 28 for its title track. However, the franchise scored poorly in all other categories. The team was ranked at number 63 for the stadium experience it offers, number 71 for its “bang for the buck”, number 72 for the team’s ownership, number 88 for its players, number 92 for the coaching staff, and number 99 for its fan relations.