RED Rising: Cats earn biggest ranking jump of any franchise
SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment today announced that the Florida Panthers ranked No. 33 in ESPN the Magazine’s Ultimate Team Ranking of the 122 NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL franchises.
The Panthers – coming off a Southeast Division Championship and with their RED Rising marketing campaign signifying one of the NHL’s hottest franchises – ranked No. 10 in the NHL and No. 2 in South Florida behind the NBA Champion Miami Heat, who came in at No. 31 overall. The Cats rose the most of any franchise from 2011 to 2012, improving from No. 111 to No. 33.
The ranking was based on eight different factors including: Bang For The Buck, Fan Relations, Ownership, Affordability, Stadium Experience, Players, Coaching and Title Track.
“This ranking is indicative of the incredible success and growth the Florida Panthers organization has experienced in nearly every facet of our business,” said Panthers president & COO Michael R. Yormark. “With the support of our owner Cliff Viner and his partners, we have worked hard not only to achieve success on the ice, but also to improve our customer service, in-arena experience and community outreach. So this great ranking is a testament to the hard work of many people throughout our franchise.
“I’d also like to congratulate the Miami Heat on their No. 1 ranking in the region and the success they have achieved in representing the incredible sports market we have here in South Florida.”
The Panthers improved in every single category utilized by ESPN highlighted by solid increases in Coaching, Fan Relations, Players, Ownership, Affordability, Stadium Experience, and more.
The Panthers are set to open the 2012-13 season Oct. 13 against the Tampa Bay Lightning and will raise a Southeast Division Championship banner in a pre-game ceremony. Select lower-bowl season tickets are available for as low as $30 now, along with single-game tickets, by calling 954-835-PUCK or clicking to FloridaPanthers.com.
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