Holy cow. I’m a guy that doesn’t really view ESPN as the world wide leader in sports. But any major sports media site saying the 76ers are one of the best franchises today is pretty freaking awesome. Here are the categories that ESPN uses (and their overall rank in parentheses):
Bang For The Buck (32): Wins during the past three years (regular season plus postseason) per revenues directly from fans, adjusted for league schedules.
Fan Relations (25): Openness and consideration toward fans by players, coaches and management.
Ownership (24): Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community.
Affordability (8): Price of tickets, parking and concessions.
Stadium Experience (80): Quality of arena and game-day promotions as well as friendliness of environment.
Players (33): Effort on the field and likability off it.
Coaching (20): Strength of on-field leadership.
Title Track (70): Championships already won or expected in the lifetime of current fans.
Ok so the 76ers ranked number 21 out of the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL. Very impressive. They rank number 6 for the NBA behind the Thunder (#1 overall) Spurs (#3) Pacers (#4) Grizzlies (#5) and Celtics (#20). And, they are number one for Philadelphia sports.
I guess I agree with the rankings. The affordability is pretty awesome. And really, it means it’s not much of an excuse to not be able to go to games in terms of pricing. But, the lowest the Sixers rank is in Stadium Experience. So that means even if you go to the games, it’s not you’ll have a blast. Also low on the ranking is Title Track. Not a high number but I can agree with that. The team only has 3 championships and it’s not like the 76ers are quite contending status.
As for the players and coaching, those numbers are decent. Very nice. Overall, the Sixers being 21st out what appears to be 122 teams is really cool. I believe the 76ers are ranked number one in Philly for 6 of the 8 categories.
The full standings can be found here.