Reporting Tony Lopez
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento Kings have made the cover of ESPN The Magazine as the worst team in the four major professional sports leagues in its annual franchise issue.
Despite a new ownership group, the plans for a new arena and the fact they’re staying in Sacramento, the Kings ranked dead last out of 122 teams—a spot worse than their 121st rank in 2012.
The magazine released the top 10 and bottom 5 teams in its rankings, which are based on factors such as ownership, stadium experience, coaching and affordability.
The reasons behind the ranking won’t be released until the issue hits newsstands, but last year’s list hammered the team’s ownership, stadium experience, fan relations and odds of winning a title.
The team declined comment until the issue comes out.
The ranking comes at a time of transition for the team. A new ownership group lead by Vivek Ranadive is ensuring the team won’t be leaving town anytime soon with the promise of a new downtown arena breaking ground in about a year.
The top 4 teams overall came from the NBA: the Memphis Grizzlies, the San Antonio Spurs, the Indiana Pacers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Green Bay Packers were the top-ranked team from the NFL. Top honors in baseball went to the Arizona Diamondbacks at No. 6, while the Pittsburgh Penguins led the NHL at No. 7.