According to ESPN the Magazine’s Ultimate Standings report, the St. Louis Blues rank in the Top 10 professional sports franchises when it comes to paying back fans for their investment of time, money and passion.
The Blues were one of five NHL teams to make the Top 10 list: the Carolina Hurricanes, Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins also are included in the Top 10.
The report was the result of exclusive and original analysis by ESPN The Magazine and the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center, combined with fan feedback data gathered by the consulting firm Maddock Douglas, ESPN.com and GMI NetReflector. More than 50,000 responses were collected. The analysis is used to determine how franchises establish and maintain the greatest overall reward for their fans.
The complete list will be available in the current issue of ESPN The Magazine, which will hit newsstands on Friday, July 3. ESPN THE MAGAZINE 2009 ULTIMATE STANDINGS: THE TOP 25 1. Los Angeles Angels MLB 2. Carolina Hurricanes NHL 3. Pittsburgh Steelers NFL 4. Detroit Red Wings NHL 5. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA 6. Washington Capitals NHL 7. Milwaukee Brewers MLB 8. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9. San Antonio Spurs NBA 10. St. Louis Blues NHL 11. Anaheim Ducks NHL 12. New Orleans Hornets NBA 13. Green Bay Packers NFL 14. Indianapolis Colts NFL 15. Tennessee Titans NFL 16. Tampa Bay Rays MLB 17. Houston Rockets NBA 18. Orlando Magic NBA 19. New England Patriots NFL 20. Boston Celtics NBA 21. Chicago Blackhawks NHL 22. Dallas Stars NHL 23. Minnesota Twins MLB 24. Philadelphia Phillies MLB 25. Portland Trail Blazers NBA