D.C. franchises haven’t done very well in recent versions of the Ultimate Standings, ESPN the Magazine’s 10th annual ranking of every franchise in the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball.
No D.C. team was that bad off this time around, so the headline goes like this: ESPN the Magazine says the Wizards have the worst fan relations in major pro sports.
Yup, that’s right, the Wizards ranked 122nd in the “Fan Relations” category, one spot behind the Cincinnati Bengals. Yikes. That includes rankings of 122nd in players acting professionally, 121st in player accessibility, 107th in players and ownership showing appreciation to fans, and 87th in providing avenues for fan feedback.
Bearing in mind that much of this is fairly non-quantifiable stuff, that’s still an unfortunate award to win.
Other nuggets from the rankings, which can be seen in full here, or in the issue, which is on newsstands this week.
* In the overall rankings, the Nats were 34th, the Caps 68th, the Redskins 108th and the Wizards 118th. The Caps have fallen hard, dropping from 11th in 2010 and 27th in 2011. The Nats have spiked, soaring from 94th in 2010 and 78th last year. The Redskins and Wizards have both been in triple digits at least three years in a row.
* As far as I could tell, no D.C. team did better in any single category than the Caps in the “avenue for fan feedback” category, in which the hockey team finished seventh out of 122.
* The Wizards (90th) and Redskins (109th) both did poorly in the bang for your buck category. Also, the Redskins finished 105th in fan relations.
* In the related Affordability category, the Caps were 94th, and the Redskins 115th.
* In Ownership, the Caps ranked 13th, the Nats 51st, the Wizards 90th and the Redskins 93rd. Far as I know, the Caps and Wizards have pretty similar owners, so this seems odd to me.
* In Stadium Experience, the Wizards ranked 101st, and the Redskins 106th.
* The Nats ranked 25th in the Players category, doing well in both likability and effort. The Redskins were 92nd, and the Wizards 119th.
* In Coaching, the Nats were 38th, the Redskins 60th, the Caps 97th and the Wizards 116th.
* For at least the second year in a row, the rankings included the Ravens and Orioles as part of the D.C. market, but not the Nationals. That’s weird.
(Via Reader Jon)