ESPN recently released their 8th annual ultimate team rankings and the good news is that the Detroit Lions moved up since last year. The bad news is that they are still ranked in the bottom 25% of all MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises.
Each franchised was ranked based on the following criteria:
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.
The Lions’ ratings ranged from respectable for coaching to pretty bad in bang for the buck. Here are the individual category rankings:
Last Year’s Rank: 112
Title Track: 98
Fan Relations: 95
Stadium Experience: 77
Bang for the Buck: 105
Add it all up and the Lions check in at number 94, good enough for 22nd among NFL franchises. Head to Detroit Jock City for a summary of the other Detroit franchises’ place in the rankings.