The Tennessee Titans are ranked No. 15 in an upcoming ESPN The Magazine article, which explores ‘The Ultimate Standings’ – a ranking of every franchise in the four major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL).
The ranking represented a major improvement for the Titans, who were 50th a year ago. The jump was largely attributed to the improvement on the field last season under quarterback Kerry Collins and top-notch defense.
Tennessee was fourth overall among NFL franchises behind only Pittsburgh (No. 3), Green Bay (No. 13) and Indianapolis (No. 14).
Southern California, oddly, covered the spectrum with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB) rated as the top pro sports franchise and the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) last among the 122 teams.
The rankings were developed using a formula that took into account everything from the players and coaches to ticket prices and fan relations. The eight categories were weighted based on importance.
The Nashville Predators were ranked No. 37, the same as a year ago.
Among their virtues were the in-game experience, the average ticket price, which is more than $2 below the league mean, and the fact that fans don’t have to pay for game programs.
Continuing uncertainty about the franchise’s long-term future in Middle Tennessee was the most significant downside.