Today, ESPN released a press release unveiling their list of the "Best Franchise in Sports," the LA Times has reported.
According to a press release from the magazine, the list is meant to provide a ranking of 122 teams from NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball "according to how much they give back to fans for the time, money and emotion they invest in them."
The magazine analyzed a team's efficiency in spending fan money compared to its performance on the field, while also factoring in fan feedback in 21 categories.
Even though the San Antonio Spurs didn't finish as the the number one franchise in sports, it's a great accomplishment to see where they finished in the list.
The top 10 was rounded out by the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Pittsburgh Steelers, Colorado Rockies, Memphis Grizzlies and Pittsburgh Penguins.
I've written the list in vertical format and put the teams with their respective sports to the side so you can see that the Spurs were the number one NBA franchise.
1. Green Bay Packers (NFL)
2. Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
3. New Orleans Saints (NFL)
4. Los Angeles Angels (MLB)
5. San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
6. Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
8. Colorado Rockies (MLB)
9. Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
10. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Let's give a pat on the back to Spurs fans and the Spurs' operations team. Both have a great relationship and made the San Antonio Spurs franchise number one in the NBA.
The article comes out tomorrow, but I believe the study was based on this 2010-2011 season and this is the rubric: "according to how much they give back to fans for the time, money and emotion they invest in them." It'll all be clearer once the full article is released Friday.
The Thunder have had strong support since being relocated from Seattle every season. If you didn't see the Grizzlies home crowd in games 3, 4, and 6 against the Spurs, you missed a very raucous Fed Ex Forum. The Grizzlies hovered around the 8th seed all season long, so fan interest and attendance were at an all time high. In fact, they sold out game 3 while game 2 was still in action.
@24writer we have our division titles(17) on ONE banner
@24writer @24writer come on reallllllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. i think the title was best franchise. give me some of what your smoking bro. grizzles/okcakaseattlesonics dont have any rings. lets be real homie they shouldnt be on the list at all.
wow this sure does look like they have had 50 plus wins for the past 13 seasons. the franchise is not about how your home crowd is loud during the playoffs its about success as a team. and if i recall while watching every spurs game on nba tv this yr. the grizzles stadium was empty damn near everygame. they didnt sale out till they played the spurs.spurs Championships 4 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007)
Conference titles 4 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007)
Division titles 17 (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011)