ESPN Ultimate Rankings Rank Pacers Number 4

by Jeff Tzucker

September 10, 2012

Your Indiana Pacers were recently ranked the No. 4 franchise in ESPN's Ultimate Standings 2012. Last year, the Pacers were ranked 48 and in 2007, they were ranked 114.

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ESPN's Ultimate Standings is currently in its 10th year and, through a variety of metrics based on fan feedback, rates all franchises in the MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL. In all, there are 122 franchises.

NBA franchises took 4 out of the top 5 spots, with the Green Bay Packers representing the only non-NBA team ahead of the Pacers.

Each franchise ranking is based these categories:

  • Bang For The Buck (BNG): Wins during the past three years (regular season plus postseason) per revenues directly from fans, adjusted for league schedules.
  • Fan Relations (FRL): Openness and consideration toward fans by players, coaches and management.
  • Ownership (OWN): Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community.
  • Affordability (AFF): Price of tickets, parking and concessions.
  • Stadium Experience (STX): Quality of arena and game-day promotions as well as friendliness of environment.
  • Players (PLA): Effort on the field and likability off it.
  • Coaching (CCH): Strength of on-field leadership.
  • Title Track (TTR): Championships already won or expected in the lifetime of current fans.