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Pens Rank No. 1 in NHL in Fan Relations, Stadium Experience in ESPN Ultimate Standings

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins rank No. 1 in the NHL and No. 2 overall in professional sports in “Fan Relations,” according to ESPN The Magazine’s 2013 Ultimate Team Standings.

The magazine’s annual survey of sports fans also ranked the Penguins No. 1 in the NHL and No. 4 in pro sports in “Stadium Experience” at CONSOL Energy Center.
ESPN the Magazine conducts the survey each year to rank all 122 MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams. Categories range from “Fan Relations” to “Bang For the Buck.” Sub-categories include “Fan Friendly Environment” and “Honest Ownership.”
On Friday, ESPN announced its overall rankings for 2013. The Penguins were ranked the No. 1 franchise in the NHL and No. 7 overall out of 122 pro sports teams.
Rankings in various categories and sub-categories were announced today.
Among the Penguins’ other rankings:
Players and owners show appreciation to fans – 1st NHL, 3rd overall
Players accessible to fans – 1st NHL, 3rd overall
Provide avenue for fan feedback – 1st NHL, 3rd overall
Likeable players – 1st NHL, 3rd overall
Honest ownership – 1st NHL, 5th overall
Fan promotions, contests, giveaways – 1st NHL, 5th overall
Fan-friendly environment at games – 1st NHL, 6th overall
Players act professionally on and off field – 2nd NHL, 3rd overall
Keep core players and show loyalty to players – 2nd NHL, 3rd overall
Ownership – 2nd NHL, 4th overall
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