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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Jags No. 9 out of 122 sports franchises

Below is an interesting press release from the Jags. We're constantly talking blackouts and the possibility of the Jaguars moving. So here's a pretty positive note. Let me know what you think.


The Jacksonville Jaguars ranked ninth out of 122 professional sports franchises in ESPN The Magazine’s “The Ultimate Standings” which reveals the best and the worst franchises in its sixth annual franchise rankings. The full list, which was done with the help of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon, appears in ESPN The Magazine today.

The Jaguars finished as the third-best NFL franchise behind the Indianapolis Colts, the top overall pick, and the Green Bay Packers, who finished fourth overall. The Jaguars ranked 25th in last year’s standings.

“The Ultimate Standings” consist of eight different breakdowns. The Jaguars rankings out of 122 teams included: Title Track: 47th Ownership: 34th, Coaching: 11th, Players: 22nd, Fan Relations: 80th, Affordability: 2nd, Stadium Experience: 51st, Bang for the Buck: 4th.

“The Jags’ one-two punch of price and performance was second to none in the NFL in 2007, kind of like that lethal running back tandem of Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor,” said ESPN The Magazine’s Jason Catania. “While the Colts edged the Jags in Bang for the Buck (No. 3 vs. No. 4), scoring tickets for Jacksonville Municipal costs just $49.38 (the league¹s third cheapest), a cool $21 less than average stubs went for in Indy.

“Now tack on the NFL’s second cheapest lids ($9.95) and the fifth cheapest beer/soda/dog combo ($11, tied with the Saints and Rams). So yeah, Jags fans dig not having to dig too deep into their wallets. The club is deeply invested in the men on the field, too. David Garrard, who put to rest a potentially toxic QB controversy (remember Byron Leftwich?) with his 102.2 passer rating and two gutsy wins in Pittsburgh, was recently signed to a seven-year, $60 million deal, the richest in franchise history. What else could a fan want? Oh yeah - a ring.”

Here are the top 10 sports franchises:

Franchise League Ranking
Indianapolis Colts NFL 1
San Antonio Spurs NBA 2
New Orleans Hornets NBA 3
Green Bay Packers NFL 4
Anaheim Ducks NHL 5
Los Angeles Angels MLB 6
Detroit Tigers MLB 7
Detroit Pistons NBA 8
Jacksonville NFL 9
Arizona Diamondbacks MLB 10


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go, Jacksonville! 9th out of 122 sports franchises aint' too shabby wouldn't you say? Stop complaining about covered seats (stadium too big for small mrkt anyway), price of tickets OR beer! Whats NOT to love about our JAGS? I LOVE IT...GO, JAGS and thanks Mr.Weaver!

April 25, 2008 at 9:40 AM  

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