I’m not sure who I need to direct my anger at… ESPN or Jed York? This week, ESPN The Magazine continued with their 14-year tradition of ranking the 122 professional North American baseball, football, basketball, and hockey franchises. The San Francisco 49ers ranked 122 out of 122. Ouch.
Here’s what they had to say about the 49ers:
“The 49ers have created quite the perfect storm: Fans see San Francisco’s owners as the NFL’s most dishonest and its players as the least available in sports, while the front office has raised prices by more than 60 percent over the past five years (the NFL average is just 12 percent). Meanwhile, the 49ers won just five games in 2015 — which helps explain why they were named the league’s worst in paying to attract quality players and coaches.”
Enough said. Here’s how the ESPN’s Ultimate Standings were compiled along with where the 49ers ranked out the 122 teams:
Affordability (12.2%): Price of tickets, parking and concessions (49ers – 117th)
Coaching (2.8%): Strength of on-field leadership (49ers – 113th)
Fan relations (27.2%): Courtesy by players, coaches and front office toward fans, plus how well a team uses technology to reach fans (49ers – 122nd)
Ownership (12.8%): Honesty; loyalty to core players and the local community (49ers – 118th)
Players (14.7%): Effort on the field, likability off it (49ers – 116th)
Stadium experience (11.7%): Quality of arena; fan-friendliness of environment; frequency of game-day promotions (49ers – 105th)
Title track (3.9%): Championships won or expected within the lifetime of current fans (49ers – 51st)
Bang for the buck (14.7%): Wins in the past two years per fan dollar, adjusted for league schedules (49ers – 113th)
What has happened to this once proud NFL franchise?