View Full Version : Pacers move up in franchise rankings (Colts drop back)

06-16-2011, 09:39 PM

ESPN the Magazine's ninth annual edition of its Ultimate Standings saw the Colts take a slight step back while the Pacers took a major leap forward.

The Colts finished 14th out of the 122 franchises evaluated from the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. The Colts were the fourth ranked NFL team, but still fell 12 spots from their runner-up finish in last year's rankings on the heels of their trip to Super Bowl XLIV.

The Pacers made a major jump in the rankings after returning to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2006. They finished 98th overall and 22nd among NBA teams in 2010, but moved up to 48th overall this year. That was good for 13th among NBA franchises.

The poll considered eight categories: bang for the buck, fan relations, ownership, affordability, stadium experience, the likability and effort of players, coaching, and championship contention.

The Colts' strongest categories were title contention, where they finished eighth, and player likability and effort, where they finished 11th. But the Colts finished just 87th in coaching. The Colts finished first in the rankings in 2008.

The Pacers finished 21st in affordability and 26th in bang for the buck, but still lagged behind in coaching and championship contention, where the franchise finished 95th and 88th, respectively.

The Green Bay Packers, the only community owned franchise in major American professional sports, finished first in the poll. The Cincinnati Bengals were ranked last.

06-16-2011, 09:51 PM
I'm glad we're being recognized again and Indy is excited and hoping back on board.

Despite our record which needs a major fixing still, we were able to get into the playoffs and battle every game. This is a great introduction to the future of this team and exciting for its fanbase.

Between the Fieldhouse being a top class sports venue, this team's history and Indiana basketball's history in general, this franchise deserved to move up in the rankings.

06-16-2011, 10:13 PM
Good for the casual fans to see that in the Star. I don't put much stock in the rankings, but still a decent piece of PR.

06-16-2011, 11:56 PM
Excerpt from article

$14.50 - Ultimate Recession Special

Our ultimate standings are based on average fan costs, but what if you're looking to catch live sports without taking out a small loan? Check out the Indiana Pacers, a 2011 playoff team in a great arena now offering deep discounts to lure back locals who drifted away after Reggie Miller hung up his sneaks. Fans age 15 and under, who pay $10 dto join the Pacers Kids Club, get tickets to 20 home games. Adults can grab Indiana's cheapest seats ($7) and get a beer for $5 and a hot dog for $2.50. In other words, an entire Pacers game could cost you less than a Miami Heat program ($15). Now that's what we call bang for the buck.

Scot Pollard
06-17-2011, 04:02 PM
Great to hear.

Looking forward to not sitting in a sea of green anymore and the Fieldhouse filled to see a good team taking the floor again.