The verdict is in from the powers that be and they have determined that the Cincinnati Reds franchise is the second-best in Major League Baseball and the 11th overall among teams from North America's four major professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL).
The news was broke by Jamie Ramsey, author of fellow Reds blog Better off Red and the team's assistant director of media relations, who retrieved the ranking from ESPN The Magazine in their upcoming "Franchise Issue," which is slated to hit newsstands on Friday, Sept. 20.
Every year, ESPN The Magazine compiles the results of fan surveys and financial analysis to determine which teams of the 122 combined in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL offer the greatest rewards for all the emotion, money, and time that fans invest in them. Once the results are compiled, the 122 teams are ranked in order according to a weighted average of scores in eight different categories.
The categories include:
• Fan relations (25.2%)
• Affordability (17.4%)
• “Bang for the buck” (16.8%)
• Stadium experience (12.4%)
• Players (11.30%)
• Ownership (10.2%)
• Title track (3.6%)
• Coaching (3.1%)
The percentages in the parenthesis represent how the Reds scored in that particular category. As you can see, our beloved Reds scored very high in "fan relations," which definitely doesn't surprise me. The Reds are the best in the business when it comes to interacting, engaging, pleasing and otherwise offering their fans the best experience possible.
All in all, achieving a ranking this good based on fan surveys and unbiased analysis is no small feat. I will be interested to see which MLB franchise beat out the Reds for the top spot.