Memphis Grizzlies: 'The best franchise in sports,' according to ESPN The Magazine
ESPN: Sacramento Kings are the worst
3:07 PM, Sep 17, 2013
3:10 PM, Sep 17, 2013
ESPN The Magazine has proclaimed the Grizzlies "the best franchise in sports" on the cover of the issue hitting newsstands on Friday.
The magazine each year ranks franchises in the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball using such categories as affordability, ownership, stadium experience, fan relations and "bang for the buck," which factors in wins and revenue directly from fans.
The Grizzlies ranked No. 5 in 2012, trailing only the Oklahoma City Thunder, Green Bay Packers, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers. The Griz were No. 9 in 2011, but as recently as 2010 ranked only 75th. Their rise in the magazine's rankings has followed their rising fortunes on the court -- including a Western Conference Finals appearance last season -- and at the gate.
The news broke Tuesday on Twitter, as the
magazine tweeted: "The
@MemGrizz are the best, Sacramento Kings are the worst & Cam Newton is on a mission. #FranchiseIssue out Friday."