Say what you want about ESPN and I understand they might not be the best source for sports BUT every year they do this Ultimate Standings feature.
The eight major categories that make up the Ultimate Standings were created based on feedback from fans about what they want most from their favorite teams
Bang For The Buck (BNG): Wins during the past three years (regular season plus postseason) per revenues directly from fans, adjusted for league schedules.
Fan Relations (FRL): Openness and consideration toward fans by players, coaches and management.
Ownership (OWN): Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community.
Affordability (AFF): Price of tickets, parking and concessions.
Stadium Experience (STX): Quality of arena and game-day promotions as well as friendliness of environment.
Players (PLA): Effort on the field and likability off it.
Coaching (CCH): Strength of on-field leadership.
Title Track (TTR): Championships already won or expected in the lifetime of current fans.
Yea that’s right, the Devils are tops among all the teams in the NJ/NY area. That means we ranked higher than the Super Champion Giants, they Yankees and The Rangers. Oh and also those other teams that call NY home….