ESPN released its annual Ultimate Standings last week, in which they rank every professional sports franchise (in the four major sports) from best to worst.
Here are the criteria for the rankings:
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.
The Eagles ranked 51st, placing them 10th among teams in the National Football League.
They finished 20th in Bang for the Buck, easily their highest ranking.
They finished 51st in Players, 57th in Coaching, 67th in Ownership, 73rd in Title Track, 79th in Stadium Experience, 80th in Fan Relations, and 90th in Affordability.
Overall, I am surprised that they placed so poorly, especially in coaching. 57th in coaching for a team that routinely makes the postseason every year?
Wow. I would have expected them to finish in the top 20, no problem.
The Eagles ranked third among Philadelphia teams, trailing the Phillies and the Flyers.