ESPN the Magazine ranks Memphis Grizzlies No. 1 American sports franchise

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ESPN the Magazine has released The Franchise Issue, rating and ranking each of the 122 pro sports franchises in the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball for 2013. The rankings, which take into effect several factors, are bookended by NBA teams currently on diametrically opposed ends of the value and success spectrum. The Sacramento Kings very nearly just lost their team to Seattle. A bumbling ownership group better known as the Maloof Brothers has led the franchise basically into the ground.

On the flip side are the Memphis Grizzlies. After making it all the way to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history, the Grizz have found their way to the top-rated spot on ESPN’s list.

According to Jon Greenberg of, the Grizzlies had the second-lowest average ticket price last season at $29.49. For comparison’s sake, the New York Knicks led the way with an average price of $123.22.

Check back for updates and for the full rankings once they are released.

[H/T: Bleacher Report]