ESPN The Magazine ranks Packers No. 5 sports franchise, No. 1 in NFL

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 20, 2013 – 10:57 am

ESPN The Magazine’s annual “Franchise Issue” hits newsstands on Friday, and the Packers are ranked the No. 5 sports franchise overall and No. 1 in the NFL.

The rankings are a result of fan surveys and financial analysis of all NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL clubs that rank teams in eight different categories: Fan relations, affordability, “bang for the buck,” stadium experience, players, ownership, title track and coaching.

The Baltimore Ravens came in at No. 10 overall and No. 2 in the NFL, meaning the Packers and Ravens are the only NFL clubs that made the overall top 10.

The Packers were ranked No. 2 overall last year and have earned top billing twice, in 2003 and 2011. In eight of the 11 years the magazine has been compiling the rankings, the Packers have finished in the top 10 overall.

Following is the top 10 overall franchises in the Ultimate Standings for 2013:

  1. Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
  2. San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
  3. Indiana Pacers (NBA)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
  5. Green Bay Packers (NFL)
  6. Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
  8. Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
  9. Ottawa Senators (NHL)
  10. Baltimore Ravens (NFL)


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