Ravens No. 21 In Franchise Rankings

Baltimore is the 6th-highest NFL team, dropping one spot in the overall rankings.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Despite a one spot drop, the Ravens maintained their high standing in ESPN The Magazine’s recently released “Ultimate Standings” of 2011.

Out of a whopping 122 teams, the Ravens are ranked as the 21st best sports franchise in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL combined.

They are the sixth-highest ranked NFL team, behind Green Bay, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Atlanta.

ESPN states its rankings measure “how much franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them.”

Baltimore received high marks for its ownership (defined as honesty and loyalty to core players and local community) and players (effort on the field and likability off it), coming in 10th and 18th, respectively.

The Ravens’ lowest mark was for affordability (price of tickets, parking and concessions), which was still one of the best bargains in the NFL. Only six NFL teams were ranked as being more affordable than the Ravens.

Baltimore did drop one spot in the overall rankings from 2010 to 2011, just past the Atlanta Falcons.

From 2010 to 2011, Atlanta jumped from 39th place to 7th in ESPN’s category of “Bang For The Buck,” which is defined as wins during the past three years (regular season plus postseason) per revenues directly from fans, adjusted for league schedules.

The Falcons went 13-3 last year, 9-7 in 2010, and 11-5 in 2008. They made the playoffs two of those seasons and lost in their first game both times, giving them a total three-year record of 33-17.

The Ravens, rather, are ranked 39th in Bang For The Buck, yet have more wins. Baltimore has a similar 36-19 total record over that time, including three playoff appearances and four playoff wins.

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