The Sacramento Kings are one of the worst franchises in all of professional sports, according to ESPN The Magazine.

To be exact, they finished 121st, or second to last, in ESPN’s 10th annual “Ultimate Standings”.  Out of 122 teams in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB, the Toronto Maple Leafs earned the dubious distinction of worst in all professional sports.  The Oklahoma City Thunder topped this year’s list.

Franchises were rated based on eight core categories, among them fan relations and affordability.  In the measure of ownership, the Kings finished in last place.

When ESPN began ranking franchises across different leagues in 2003, the Kings finished fourth in the standings.  Since then, their ranking has dropped dramatically.  Before this year, their previous worst finish was 119.

 Where the Kings have ranked in the last nine years:

YEARRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
200341543171472129
2004142514103232165547
2005231621264556364854
2006403919407367455351
2007110851029910310010711487
200896931009189103725976
200911710887115110112117121101
201097114599181113676495
20111191081191219411898102119
201212199120122104121111104120

ESPN The Magazine’s categories for determining franchises’ value:

  • 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.

For more information on the methodology behind the rankings, click here.