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#1 danman99

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:05 PM

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=404736

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hit a new low, at least according to ESPN Magazine.

The American sports publication has branded the Leafs as the worst professional sports franchise in their annual 'Ultimate Standings.'

The ranking, based on a variety of factors include categories such as 'fan relations,' 'ownership,' 'affordability,' 'stadium experience' and 'title track record," amongst others.

The Leafs did not crack the Top 100 in any one of the magazine's eight core ranking categories, finishing three spots behind ESPN's next-worst NHL franchise, the New York Islanders.

It is the Leafs' fifth-straight year as the lowest-ranked NHL franchise. In 2011, the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals were ranked below the Leafs in the overall count.

The Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens were also among the NHL's six worst franchises and could not crack the Top 100 overall ranking in the four major sports.

The No. 1 franchise in North American pro sports, according to the ranking, is the Oklahoma City Thunder. The highest-ranked NHL franchise is the Tampa Bay Lightning, who finished seventh overall - down from second in 2011.

The top NHL franchises according to the magazine's individual categories are as follows:

Bang for the Buck (wins weighted against revenues), Players (on-field effort, total 'likability), Coaching and Affordability: Phoenix Coyotes.

Fan Relations and Ownership: Detroit Red Wings.

Stadium Experience: Minnesota Wild.

Title Track (Championships won or expected in the lifetimes of current fans): Pittsburgh Penguins.

As for Canada's other pro sports teams, the Ottawa Senators were the highest-ranked, checking in at 42nd overall. The Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks were listed 91st and 92nd respectively.

Outside hockey, the Toronto Blue Jays were ranked 79th and the Toronto Raptors were 103rd.

No Canadian franchise cracked the Top 20 in any single category.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:07 PM

Pffft


You don't need a sixth sense to figure that out
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:10 PM

ESPN has no clue what they're talking about.

- Montreal is ranked so low and Tampa Bay :picard:

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:11 PM

Lol.

Why do I always feel tingly when the leafs are bashed?

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:12 PM

Leafs > Blue Jackets no matter what they say. It's espn, of course they don't know what they're talking about.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:13 PM

hahahahahahhahahaha. i think espn is terrible, but this is still AWESOME
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:15 PM

There are far worse franchises than the Leafs.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:18 PM

ESPN :picard:
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:20 PM

How can they explain that the Leafs are worst while the Phoenix Coyotes are still in existence? At least they can sell tickets once in a while.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:27 PM

Chicago Cubs? 100 years and counting...
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:42 PM

ESPN doesen't know jack crap lol
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:47 PM

So the most financially stable, not to mention highest grossing, team in the league, in spite of poor on-ice performance for nearly a decade, is the worst franchise, not just in the NHL, but in all of sports?

I hate the Leafs as much, if not more (well, probably a lot more, actually) than the next guy, but give me a break ...
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:51 PM

Did anyone even read the article or they just like to bash it cuz Espn wrote it? It's about which team gives to best bang for the buck. The best value based on regular and playoff success. In the leafs case, it's none. The leafs have the highest ticket prices in the league and they haven't made the playoffs since god knows when. The Coyotes charge much less for tickets and made it to round 3 last year and I personally would pay good money to see Stamkos play in Tampa. Even CBJ have made the postseason after the leafs did therefore ranking the leafs dead last.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:00 PM

How can they explain that the Leafs are worst while the Phoenix Coyotes are still in existence? At least they can sell tickets once in a while.


Part of the ranking criteria is the average fan being able to afford tickets to go to a game and afford to buy their kids a hot dog and soft drink once at the Arena.

Another part of ranking criteria is success. PHX just made the conference finals while the Leafs can't even make the playoffs.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:02 PM

I saw this on TSN and it's utter rubbish.

Tampa Bay the top NHL franchise? Toronto the worst franchise in N.A.? They aren't even the worst franchise in the NHL...

Has ESPN not heard of the Charlotte Bobcats? Sacramento Kings? Columbus Blue Jackets?

What a surprise that an American publication has all Canadian franchises ranked so low.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:04 PM

ESPN has no clue what they're talking about.

- Montreal is ranked so low and Tampa Bay :picard:


I think affordability came into effect here, it's way cheaper to catch a game in Tampa vs. Montreal.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:04 PM

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:04 PM

Did anyone even read the article or they just like to bash it cuz Espn wrote it? It's about which team gives to best bang for the buck.  The best value based on regular and playoff success. In the leafs case, it's none. The leafs have the highest ticket prices in the league and they haven't made the playoffs since god knows when. The Coyotes charge much less for tickets and made it to round 3 last year and I personally would pay good money to see Stamkos play in Tampa. Even CBJ have made the postseason after the leafs did therefore ranking the leafs dead last.


And the Canucks are ranked 92nd because.....
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:30 PM

And the Canucks are ranked 92nd because.....


"The ranking, based on a variety of factors include categories such as 'fan relations,' 'ownership,' 'affordability,' 'stadium experience' and 'title track record," amongst others."

The tickets aren't really affordable for the average Joe. That's going to lose you major points in a list like this.

The 'stadium experience' goes beyond the product on the ice and in the Canucks' case is non existent, Having Fin shoot t-shirts out of a bazooka is lame and the music they play is fit for a 12 year old girl's bday party. Hence the crap rating.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:35 PM

"The ranking, based on a variety of factors include categories such as 'fan relations,' 'ownership,' 'affordability,' 'stadium experience' and 'title track record," amongst others."

The tickets aren't really affordable for the average Joe. That's going to lose you major points in a list like this.

The 'stadium experience' goes beyond the product on the ice and in the Canucks' case is non existent, Having Fin shoot t-shirts out of a bazooka is lame and the music they play is fit for a 12 year old girl's bday party. Hence the crap rating.


Apparently ticket prices make up a huge portion of the weighting, since back to back President's Cups couldn't even vault us past the Winnipeg Jets...
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:03 PM

Yo, true story.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:14 PM

Good for Columbus. At least they aren't the worst at something, excluding the actual hockey their team plays.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:28 PM

ESPN is complete garbage! Ofcourse the highest Canadian team was ranked 12th (Ottawa) and after that they just put them all in at the end. 24th - 30th. I think they are pretty bias.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:39 PM

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:46 PM

LOL, comment on TSN

"The self proclaimed 'center of the universe' has been relegated to some distant black hole in another galaxy by ESPN."
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:54 PM

Hilarious but idiotic. Ottawa is an awful franchise, and ranks top 50?! I guess lack of sell outs, being least profitable Canadian team, missing the playoffs every other year, and low TV ratings gets you a top 50 spot...
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 04:22 PM

They're first because there is no bang for the buck so to speak. Leaf fans pay ridiculous amounts of money to attend games and buy merchandise only to have their team out of playoff contention by early March. In my mind they rank right up there with the Pittsburgh Pirates of old.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 04:27 PM

They're first because there is no bang for the buck so to speak. Leaf fans pay ridiculous amounts of money to attend games and buy merchandise only to have their team out of playoff contention by early March. In my mind they rank right up there with the Pittsburgh Pirates of old.


The way I read that article "Bang for the Buck" was a specific category, in which the Phoenix Coyotes were top ranked.

The Leafs were ranked dead last due to a "variety of factors" including fan experience, etc. IMO, the fact that MLSE continues to sell out in spite of so many losing seasons, ranks them far ahead of teams that virtually give tickets away in an effort to fill seats.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 05:55 PM

I honestly think ESPN is biased, favouring American teams. I'm not saying that because of the way they ranked the Canadian teams (let's be realistic here, no Canadian team has won a cup since 93?) . I'm saying that because of the way they rank their teams in general.

Compare Toronto with NYI. Toronto has a larger fanbase with sellout crowds which would result in a much better experience in the arena,

Their categories seem to be a joke. Titles won or expected???? How exactly do you compare that? LA wasn't expected to win the cup. Neither was Carolina, Tampa Bay, Anaheim. There's way too many factors to determine this. How old is the fanbase expected to be? There are 90 year old Leaf fans out there. That's a lot of cups.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 06:27 PM

was funny till i read

As for Canada's other pro sports teams, the Ottawa Senators were the highest-ranked,


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