ESPN Ultimate Team Rankings: Spurs are the third best franchise in sports

By Quixem Ramirez

Jan 29, 2011; San Antonio, TX, USA; (From right) San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili forward Tim Duncan guard Tony Parker forward Richard Jefferson watch the game from the bench during the fourth quarter at the AT

(Editor’s note: The numbers in the previous piece were incorrect and they have since been fixed. I apologize for the egregious errors. Hat-tip to RG8907 of Pounding the Rock for pointing these out.)

The San Antonio Spurs are lauded for their exemplary organization and rarely make mistakes to alienate their loyal fan base. ESPN The Magazine concurs as they ranked the Spurs as the third best franchise in sports only behind the Oklahoma City Thunder and Green Bay Packers.

The rankings derive from a variety of categories and they are assorted into an aggregate total that accurately determines the most successful franchises without relying on wins and losses as the only determinant.

Bang for your buck (wins during the past three years, including the postseason, derived from fan revenues before adjusting for schedule), fan relations, ownership, affordability, stadium experience, players, coaching and title track are all taken into account in these rankings.

Save for the stadium experience facet — San Antonio still bested nearly 100 franchises, regardless — the Spurs ranked among the top 15 in every other category, including first in fan relations, ownership, players and coaching. The Spurs also excelled in affordability (fourth) and title track (seventh).