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ESPN Selects Memphis Grizzlies As Best Overall Professional Sports Franchise

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Grizz Nation stand up! The city of Memphis has something to be proud of.  The Grizzlies were named the best overall professional sports franchise  among 122 teams in the four major North American professional sports leagues  (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) in ESPN The Magazine’s 2013 Ultimate Standings,  released today.

“We are thrilled to congratulate  the Memphis Grizzlies on being ranked ESPN The Magazine’s best overall  North American professional sports franchise,” NBA Commissioner David Stern  said. “The team works tirelessly on and off the court to serve its fans and the  entire Memphis community.”

“We are energized and humbled  to be named the best overall North American professional sports franchise,”  Grizzlies Chief Executive Officer Jason Levien said. “This outstanding  honor exemplifies the commitment to excellence from our chairman and  controlling owner Robert Pera, our players, and our basketball and  business operations and demonstrates the strong bond with our fans, whose  passion is unparalleled among professional teams.”

The overall ranking measures how much the organization gives back to fans for the time, money and emotion  invested in its product.  The poll combines fan opinions across a  comprehensive range of issues, covering 25 topics across eight major categories  – Affordability, Bang for the Buck, Coaching, Fan Relations, Ownership,  Players, Stadium Experience and Title Track – and combining all teams’ scores  into a weighted average.

Fans who want to support the  Memphis Grizzlies and purchase 2013-14 Season Tickets, or 11- and 20-Game Packs  can do so by calling (901) 888-HOOP or going online to grizzlies.com.  Season Tickets start at  $11 per game.  20-game packs start at $12 per game and 11-game packs start  as low as $14 per game. For more information  on the Grizzlies, please visit grizzlies.com,  ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@memgrizz).

ESPN The Magazine’s 2013Ultimate  Standings, Top 10 Overall Franchises

1.             Memphis  Grizzlies (NBA)

2.             San Antonio Spurs  (NBA)

3.             Indiana Pacers (NBA)

4.             Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)

5.             Green Bay Packers (NFL)

6.             Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)

7.             Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

8.             Anaheim Ducks (NHL)

9.            Ottawa Senators (NHL)

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