The San Antonio Spurs ranked number one in ESPN’s yearly ESPN The Magazine Ultimate Team standings.
The ranking of the teams took into account various categories including affordability, coaching, fan relations, ownership, players, stadium experience, bang for the buck, and title track.
A more detailed outline of the method used by ESPN can be seen below:
The method to our ultimate madness
First: Consulting firm Maddock Douglas surveyed 1,002 North American fans to form 25 criteria for what you want most in return for the emotion, money and time you invest in the 122 MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams.
Second: Teaming with NetReflector, an opinion research firm, ESPN.com asked fans to rate their home teams in each area; more than 101,000 of you did! We grouped grades into the categories below. Royals fans, for example, ranked Kauffman Stadium much higher (29) than owner David Glass (112).
Third: Our final measure, bang for the buck, uses calculations developed with Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center to figure how well teams turn fans’ money into wins. FINALLY We combined each team’s score across all categories into a weighted average. For example, since fans ranked players as more important than ownership, the former counted for 13.9 percent of a team’s final score versus 11.3 percent for the latter. The result? Fan opinion combined with an objective gauge of the cost of winning. Ultimately, everything counts.
After taking into account all of the variables, the San Antonio Spurs ranked on top of the list.
The San Antonio Spurs actually finished number one in four of the eight categories, finishing first in coaching, fan relations, ownership, and players.
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Additionally, the San Antonio Spurs finished in the top five in six of the eight categories, further exemplifying how outstanding of an organization the Spurs actually are.
Other notable facts from the standings were that four of the top ten teams were NBA franchises.
The rest of the top five was rounded out by the Anaheim Ducks, the Seattle Seahawks, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Los Angeles Kings.
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