Marlins Ranked Third Worst Major American Sports Franchise in ESPN Analysis

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The best thing you can say about the Miami Marlins is that they're not technically the worst. The Houston Astros have a worse record and TV ratings, and the Tampa Bay Rays have lower attendance.

So when ESPN magazine decided to rank every professional franchise in all four major North American sports based on fan input, we weren't surprised that the Marlins didn't come in dead last. Though, we were equally unsurprised to learn they came in third to last.

"The Ultimate Rankings" combined a series of polls, the first of which asked sports fans what they expect most out of their teams. Things like championships and winning records were found to be important, but so were things like the likability of ownership, the skill of players and coaches, lower ticker prices and stadium atmosphere were also important.

Next, fans of every franchise were asked how their favorite teams rank in each category. A "bang for your buck" category, which was based on a formula comparing money generated directly from fans to wins, was also included.

The Marlins, as it turned out, came in 120th out of all 122 teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.

Their lowest single category ranking came in "Ownership: Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community." There they came in dead last. So there you have it: Jeffrey Loria is officially the least popular owner in all of sports. The team also ranked second to last for "fan relations."

The team also ranked 107th for "bang for buck," 103rd for stadium experience, 114th for players, and 110th for coaching. The only semi-bright spots were an 88th affordability (which, mind you, is not based on ticket prices but whether if fans feel, at least in part, if the team deserves to ask that much for tickets) and 51st for "Title Track," meaning championships already won or expected to be won during a fan's lifetime -- the team does have two World Series wins, which makes this even sadder.

The only teams ranked lower? The New York Jets (which, hahahaha) and the Sacramento Kings.

However, surely if the rankings included a specific "screwing over taxpayers" section, the Marlins would have secured last place.

The Miami Heat, obviously, were the highest ranked local team at 25. Their highest individual rankings were 14th for fan relations, ownership and players. Their worst rating was 59th for affordability.

The Florida Panthers came in at 82nd. Their highest ranking was 63rd for fan relations, and lowest was 111th for "bang for buck"

The Miami Dolphins were 97th. Their highest ranking was 65th for "bang for buck." Their lowest was 109th for stadium experience. We should note this data was collected before the Dolphins opened the season at 3-0, and, well, we all know we are fickle bunch.

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Ray Kirkman
Ray Kirkman

Marlins are owned by nothing more than the biggest "Dick" in Sports.

Jennifer Nanni
Jennifer Nanni

Maybe if they would stop changing names, players, logos, stadiums every week and keep a consistent team they would actually be good

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

If they factor in that ridiculous turd of a home-run revolving fish sculpture- then yes. We are the worst. At least the Astros don't have to look at some squirting waste of taxpayer money every time they hit a homer. They still have their pride.

Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera

Only third worse?! We have a LOT of "Suck-for-Luck"ing to do then!

Nick Moss
Nick Moss

I agree with Richard. Been a Marlin's fan since '93, the days of Gary Sheffield and amazing players. But at a certain point you have to boycott, even things you like. got to boycott the extreme corruption involved with what is an otherwise amazing stadium. I sure as hell won't pay a dime more than what's going through my taxes.

Nick Moss
Nick Moss

Love the players. F*** the owner! And the former city commissioners. Would say "the corrupt former city commissioners" but that doesn't really clarify much.

Richard Herrera
Richard Herrera

Pfffft.... I just read a comment talking about they beat the phillys last night..... Big friggin deal, phillies are in the play offs we are not. Never mind they used your tax dollars to make more money for himself, Nevermind the promises of building a winning team (the zombie apocalypse is here). I also read a comment about us having 2 World Series championship this is true but imagine we kept building on that kinda like the Yankees do instead our dead beat owners dismantled the teams "to save money" . Lol suckers ! If your not upset by all this you ain't got no balls .

Misty Ford
Misty Ford

Loria should stick to buying/selling art.... He does not belong in sports

Richard Herrera
Richard Herrera

I would like to thank all the morons that continued going to marlins stadium and putting money in this AHOLs pocket....Im a marlins fan from the beginning but i can not continue supporting as long as this guy is in charge.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.......................well has ANY other team TAKEN so much in public financial support and given back to that same community SO LITTLE ?

i think who could be sued for fraud is those who reported a projected INCREASE in ticket sales in a NEW stadium

 why didn't the cost of the new stadium get pegged to results on the field ?

 i would have tied the team results with the price paid, $562,000,000, and for EVERY LOSS over a WIN the team should pay BACK one-million dollars, so for 58 wins to 99 loses the difference of 41 losses more than wins would have meant the owners PAY BACK $41,ooo,ooo ! into the community

why let the teams owners walk away with ALL the financial benefits at the expense of the community ?

Josh Colletta
Josh Colletta

Damian, we HAD soccer in Miami. It didn't last long. As long as Loria is at the helm of the Marlins, they will continue to be the worst franchise in the major leagues. The man is criminal scum and should be in prison, and yet here he is, continuing his destruction of a team that was the youngest (in terms of the organization itself) to go to the World Series -- not once, but twice! Until he sells the team (or Selig takes it away from him), we'll keep getting crap like this.

Jose Morrez Bustamante
Jose Morrez Bustamante

Except in the 20 years of the franchise, they have 2 World Series championships! Something most franchises cant say #ijs

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

They beat the Phillies last night in front of an appreciative crowd. Go ahead and keep writing your crap, we'll keep enjoying the game.

Kevin Kohler
Kevin Kohler

yeah and lets reward them with a city-funded stadium!

Alberto Leal
Alberto Leal

It is not the franchise but the owner...

Klu Largo
Klu Largo

no xcusez it waz all downhill afta them ridiculouz uniformz! stinkerz

Damian Doss
Damian Doss

thats because we need SOCCER(real football) in miami. forget baseball.

Abel Alexander
Abel Alexander

The only shocking thing about this is that they're only third worst.

Orlando De Frias
Orlando De Frias

"However, surely if the rankings included a specific 'screwing over taxpayers' section, the Marlins would have secured last place." I think you mean first place.

paulxl7
paulxl7

@Richard Herrera 
Phillies aren't in the playoffs this year you dolt.

shalmont
shalmont

@frankd4 because this is miami... the 3rd world portion of the United States of america, where corruption thrives.

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