ESPN: Giants Are Not the Bay's Best

Monday, Jun 20, 2011  |  Updated 2:26 PM PDT
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ESPN: Giants Are Not the Bay's Best

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The San Jose Sharks may not be able to win the big games but they do win in the hearts and minds of ESPN.

Winning isn't everything when it comes to Bay Area sports. Just ask ESPN.

The magazine wing of the international sports empire has come out with its ninth annual list of the Ultimate Standings, "in which we measure how much MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them."

Every Bay Area teams made the list in some order, including one with a top 15 ranking. But the local team best at giving fans the most bang for their buck may surprise some.

ESPN ranked the San Jose Sharks at No. 13 of its list, 19 spots ahead of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

The Giants received high marks for the team's stadium, while the Sharks were recognized for its ownership team, stadium experience and pricing.

The Oakland Athletics showed up at No. 84 on the list, which shows the mighty fall from grace of the San Francisco 49ers who showed up at No. 90, one spot behind the Golden State Warriors.

Not surprisingly, the Oakland Raiders were the lowest ranked of all the major Bay Area sports teams at No. 104. But Al Davis and his boys at least beat out the Sacramento Kings at No. 119.

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