ESPN published its "Ultimate Standings" on Thursday. And the Minnesota Twins – in their first year at Target Field – did pretty well.
The Twins were ranked 14th in the Ultimate Standings, which ESPN describes "how much MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them."
It’s an inexact science for sure, but still an interesting read.
The Twins ranked No. 1 in stadium experience, which is described as "quality of arena and game-day promotions as well as friendliness of environment." That’s obviously a big improvement from where they ranked in that category while in the Metrodome.
Somewhat surprisingly, their worst category was "Bang for the Buck," which ranks how many wins the team generated in the past three years when compared to revenues. I would have thought "The Twins Way" would have done a little better there.
The Minnesota Vikings are 59th overall in the 122-team field. The Wild are 78th, and not surprisingly also struggling in that "Bang for the Buck" category. And the Timberwolves are at 116th overall, needing lots of help in every category except "Affordability."
To further illustrated the hopeless feeling that Wolves fans have, they ranked dead last in "Title Track," which measures championships won or likely to be won in a fan’s lifetime. Ouch!
Interesting to note that six of the seven worst teams overall are NBA franchises. The bottom six in "Title Track" are all NBA franchises, which brings to mind a blog post I’ve been meaning to write and haven’t yet. Stay tuned for that.