Each year, ESPN ranks every team in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and baseball to see which fans have it the best . . . and worst. They look at how good the team is . . . how likeable their players are . . . and how much tickets cost. Here are the BEST teams to root for:
#1.) Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA: The Heat beat them in the Finals, but they came in 31st.
#2.) Green Bay Packers, NFL: They finished first in "stadium experience."
#3.) San Antonio Spurs, NBA: They had the best owner, best coach, most likeable players . . . and were the most fan-friendly team.
#4.) Indiana Pacers, NBA.
#5.) Memphis Grizzlies, NBA: They were the best value for fans.
#6.) Phoenix Coyotes, NHL.
#7.) Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL.
#8.) New Orleans Saints, NFL.
#9.) Texas Rangers, Major League Baseball.
#10.) Arizona Diamondbacks, Major League Baseball.
--Here are the WORST teams to root for:
#1.) Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL: They have the least affordable tickets.
#2.) Sacramento Kings, NBA: Their owners . . . the Maloof brothers . . . were the worst in ALL sports.
#3.) Charlotte Bobcats, NBA: They have the worst coach and front office in sports.
#4.) New York Islanders, NHL: They have the most miserable stadium experience.
#5.) Washington Wizards, NBA: They're the least fan-friendly team.
#6.) Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball.
#7.) Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL: They have the least likeable players and the least chance of winning a championship in their fans' lifetimes.
#8.) St. Louis Rams, NFL.
#9.) Edmonton Oilers, NHL.
#10.) New York Knicks, NBA.
--Some other teams you might care about: The Chicago Cubs were 112th out of 122 teams . . . the Yankees were 82nd . . . the Lakers were 89th . . . The Dallas Cowboys were 86th . . . and the Oakland Raiders were 96th.
Thank you ESPN!