The San Antonio Spurs have been named the second best franchise in all of pro sports by ESPN the Magazine, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The Spurs ranked behind only the Memphis Grizzlies of all 122 teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball in the eight areas ESPN uses to rank teams, from fan relations, affordability of tickets, stadium experience, and 'bang for the buck.'
The Spurs took first place in four of the categories, including ownership (honesty and loyalty to core players and the community), coaching (strength of on field leadership), fan relations (courtesy of players, coaches, and front office staff toward fans and how well a team uses technology to reach fans), and players (effort on the field, likability off it).
The NBA dominated the ranking of the best sports franchises, with the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder ranking number four and number five.
Part of the rankings is the success the Spurs have seen on the court in the last 15 years. Since Tim Duncan joined the team in 1997, the Spurs have been to the NBA Finals five times, winning four Championships, and posting the best regular season winning percentage of any team in the four major sports.
The Spurs also have posted 50 or more wins in 14 straight seasons, the longest such streak in NBA history.
The Green Bay Packers ranked number five, the only non-NBA team in the top five.
The Sacramento Kings, which are constantly presenting officials with demands for new facilities and threats to move out of town are the worst franchise in pro sports, ranking dead last at 122.