Tuesday, July 6, 2010

ESPN: Chiefs, Royals are sad but not among the very worst

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 2:45 PM

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The Chiefs haven't won a Super Bowl since 1969, but ESPN finds a silver lining.
​It's no secret among Kansas City's forlorn sports fans that the local teams are less than stellar. ESPN's annual team rankings are out, and KC's clubs didn't get very high on the list, but they're not bottom feeders, either.

ESPN The Magazine's "ultimate team rankings" rate every organization in the four big sports in a handful of mostly intangible categories. The package attempts to determine how much the "the franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time money and emotion the fans invest in them."

The Royals and Chiefs didn't fare all that well. The Royals came in at No. 89, down 47 positions from last year. They got their highest marks for affordability, No. 16, and the magazine clearly approves of the new and improved Kauffman Stadium, as the club's stadium experience was ranked No. 21. The worst mark the team received was No. 104 for -- what else? -- ownership, a category measuring "honesty and loyalty to core players and local community."

The Chiefs landed at No. 95, an improvement of 11 places from last year, but they didn't crack the top 50 in any category. Their worst score was No. 118 for bang for your buck. Their best mark was No. 52 for stadium experience, and owner Clark Hunt snapped up a respectable No. 61 rating.

But hold your heads high, Kansas Citians. As unspectacularly as our teams stacked up against the rest of America's sports franchises, there is one reason for pride: The Rams ranked worse. St. Louis' bumbling football club came in an abysmal 114 out of 122, including a painful No. 121 for bang for your buck, 114 for stadium experience and ownership, and 110 for fan relations. So at least there's that.

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