SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks were ranked the 12th best overall franchise among all teams from the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association according to ESPN The Magazine’s recently released “Ultimate Standings.”
In addition, HP Pavilion at San Jose’s seat in section 113, row 17, seat 16 was selected as the “Ultimate Seat” in the poll.
“It is very gratifying for the San Jose Sharks organization and HP Pavilion at San Jose to be recognized by ESPN The Magazine for being at the top of our game,” said Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison. “Each season, we put in a tremendous amount of effort into putting together a highly-competitive team on the ice and we also take immense pride in the job our staff does off the ice to make HP Pavilion an enjoyable place for our fans to visit.”
According to ESPN The Magazine:
“The Ultimate Standings rank MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises according to how much they give back to fans for all of the time, money and emotion they invest in them. Here’s how: Working with Maddock Douglas, an Elmhurst, Ill., consulting firm, we surveyed 1,000 fans across North America to find out what they want most from their favorite teams.
"Our poll covered 21 separate topics, from 'has won or will win a championship while I’m a fan' to 'has likable players' to 'provides avenue for fan feedback.' ESPN.com then asked fans to rate their favorite clubs in each of these categories. We received more than 56,000 completed responses—thanks to all of you who voted!—and grouped answers into seven of the eight broad categories listed above.
"For the eighth category, Bang for the Buck, we analyzed how efficiently teams convert dollars spent by fans into wins on the field (regular and postseason). Researchers at the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon assisted us with these calculations.
"Finally, we combined each team’s scores across all eight categories into one final, weighted score, taking each category’s importance from our national survey. (For example, fans rated Stadium Experience nearly three times higher than Coaching, so that’s how much more it counts in our formula.) Result: the only list of rankings that combines fan perspective with an objective measure of how well teams turn fan dollars into wins."In researching the “Ultimate Seat”, ESPN commented as such:
“Finding a partisan’s paradise was no easy task. We looked at teams with winning records, playoff appearances in their last full season, below-average ticket prices and Stadium Experience scores above 90. The hard work paid off.
"The best seat in sports has endless leg and elbow room (it’s the only seat in Row 17) and, within 40 feet, concessions selling grub ’n libations from burritos to fine wines. Add to that the cross-ice sight of arguably the best entrance in sports—out of a smoking, glowing shark’s head—not to mention a bird’s-eye view of Joe Thornton
& Co. on offense twice a game. Sure, the seat costs $83, but if the Sharks continue their ascension and win a Stanley Cup it will be priceless.”
The San Jose Sharks will celebrate their 20th anniversary during the 2010-11 season, opening the campaign in Stockholm, Sweden against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 8-9. The team’s home opener at HP Pavilion at San Jose will be Oct. 16 against Atlanta.