updated: 9/10/2012 4:09:42 PM
ESPN The Magazine lists the Indiana Pacers in the top five in its annual "Ultimate Rankings." The publication ranks all 122 teams from professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey based on categories including stadium experience, fan relations and team success.
You can see the full rankings by clicking here.
The Indiana Pacers rank fourth on this year's list. You can read the full summary by clicking here.
The Indianapolis Colts rank 57th on this year's list. You can read the full summary by clicking here.
According to ESPN, each franchise ranking is based these categories:
•Bang For The Buck (BNG): Wins during the past three years (regular season plus postseason) per revenues directly from fans, adjusted for league schedules.
•Fan Relations (FRL): Openness and consideration toward fans by players, coaches and management.
•Ownership (OWN): Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community.
•Affordability (AFF): Price of tickets, parking and concessions.
•Stadium Experience (STX): Quality of arena and game-day promotions as well as friendliness of environment.
•Players (PLA): Effort on the field and likability off it.
•Coaching (CCH): Strength of on-field leadership.
•Title Track (TTR): Championships already won or expected in the lifetime of current fans.