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    ESPN Magazine: Steelers are 7th Best Franchise In Sports

    The Steelers are the 7th Best Franchise In Sports, Says ESPN Magazine

    Posted on June 15, 2011 by adam



    For the ninth year in a row ESPN The Magazine is compiling its ultimate franchise ranking, which takes every team in the four major North American sports and ranks them based on a number of categories including ownership, bang for the buck, how affordable it is to attend a game, title track, coaching and fan relations. The 2011 issue is set to hit newsstands on Friday, but word is already getting out as to which teams are at the top of the list. Your Pittsburgh Steelers come in at No. 7 (out of 122), trailing only the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Lightning (!?), New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.

    The Penguins show up in the No. 10 spot making Pittsburgh the only city with two franchises in the top 10, which is nice. Itís also the second time in the past four years thatís happened as the Steelers and Penguins finished No. 3 and 8 respectively in 2009.

    Since ESPN started doing these rankings in 2003 the Steelers have finished 7th (2011), 28th (2010), 3rd (2009), 25th (200, 9th (2007), 3rd (2006), 9th (2005), 16th (2004), and 15th (2003).

    Which team was ranked as the worst franchise in sports? The Cincinnati Bengals, of course.



    http://www.steelerslounge.com/2011/06/s ... -magazine/

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    Re: ESPN Magazine: Steelers are 7th Best Franchise In Sports

    Regardless of whatever criteria were utilized, The Oklahoma Thunder should not even be mentioned in the same article with the Steelers.

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    Re: ESPN Magazine: Steelers are 7th Best Franchise In Sports

    the only other team in the top 7 worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence is the Packers. The rest...really?

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    The Saints above us? Really? Weren't they just about to move out of New Orleans?

    Whats next? The Baltimore Colts and Los Angeles Rams will make next year's list?

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    Re: ESPN Magazine: Steelers are 7th Best Franchise In Sports

    Quote Originally Posted by anger 82&95
    Regardless of whatever criteria were utilized, The Oklahoma Thunder should not even be mentioned in the same article with the Steelers.
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    Re: ESPN Magazine: Steelers are 7th Best Franchise In Sports

    OKC Thunder? Are you kidding me? Completely ridiculous. They've been in OKc for how long? And their ownership is looked highly upon after the fiasco and tragedy in Seattle?


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    Re: ESPN Magazine: Steelers are 7th Best Franchise In Sports

    And not to be a hater, I like the Packers. Always have.

    But can you give me ONE reason why they are ranked higher than the Steelers?

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    Re: ESPN Magazine: Steelers are 7th Best Franchise In Sports

    Quote Originally Posted by anger 82&95
    Regardless of whatever criteria were utilized, The Oklahoma Thunder should not even be mentioned in the same article with the Steelers.
    Hell, I had to Google the OKC Thunder just to find out what professional sport they played. My first instinct was that the Thunder were probably a soccer franchise. Surprise, surprise.

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    Re: ESPN Magazine: Steelers are 7th Best Franchise In Sports

    Quote Originally Posted by Notleadpoisoned
    Quote Originally Posted by anger 82&95
    Regardless of whatever criteria were utilized, The Oklahoma Thunder should not even be mentioned in the same article with the Steelers.
    Hell, I had to Google the OKC Thunder just to find out what professional sport they played. My first instinct was that the Thunder were probably a soccer franchise. Surprise, surprise.

    I think that they get high marks because of the way the city and state has embraced them. They actually have done some very good things since they moved to OKC. They have been successful, they have a talented young team and IIRC they sell out every game.

    That said they are ranked too high since they are the only game in town and don't have the longevity to really evaluate their success.
    Playing Fantasy Football does not qualify you to be the in the front office or on the coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are professionals and you are not!

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    Re: ESPN Magazine: Steelers are 7th Best Franchise In Sports

    Quote Originally Posted by skyhawk
    OKC Thunder? Are you kidding me? Completely ridiculous. They've been in OKc for how long? And their ownership is looked highly upon after the fiasco and tragedy in Seattle?

    The criteria for the ranking isn't winning or storied franchises... it's ownership, bang for the buck, how affordable it is to attend a game, title track, coaching and fan relations.

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