Yesterday, ESPN released their 10th annual Ultimate Standings in which they rank all 122 teams from the four major professional sports based on these 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): Price 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 in the lifetime of current fans.
Based on this criteria, the Rangers found themselves ranked #63.
The top NHL team is the Phoenix Coyotes who land at #6, while the worst team overall and in the NHL is the Toronto Maple Leafs.
…the fact that the New York Mets are not ranked #122, tells you all you need to know about this ridiculous list.