Kings finish second to last in ESPN’s pro franchise rankings

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:

YEAR RNK BNG FRL OWN AFF STX PLA CCH TTR
2003 4 15 4 3 17 14 7 21 29
2004 14 25 14 10 32 32 16 55 47
2005 23 16 21 26 45 56 36 48 54
2006 40 39 19 40 73 67 45 53 51
2007 110 85 102 99 103 100 107 114 87
2008 96 93 100 91 89 103 72 59 76
2009 117 108 87 115 110 112 117 121 101
2010 97 114 59 91 81 113 67 64 95
2011 119 108 119 121 94 118 98 102 119
2012 121 99 120 122 104 121 111 104 120

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.


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