Espn Poll

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/24/2008 12:43:00 AM |
Espn: Ranked all one hundred twenty pro franchises on several categories. They claim this nationwide poll done by Markitecture, Inc, it does not say when it was specifically done.

New York Islanders were ranked seventy fourth.

BNG (Bang for the Buck): Wins over the past three years per revenues directly from fans 68.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Considering how much Smg takes vs Cable contract that seems like a generous number.

FRL (Fan Relations): Ease of access to players, coaches & management 67.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
There is no team in pro sports that has been more accessible to it's fans than the New York Islanders with all the open houses and outreach programs the last two years combined with all the blogs introduced the last two years. Mike Bossy himself said at the first open house this never would have happened in his time. Isles have to do this with no newspapers to tell their story properly and they have gone above and beyond.

OWN (Ownership): Honesty; loyalty to players and city 58.

NYI Fan Central Commments:
Mr Wang deserves a much higher grade for his honesty/loyality to this market for the money he puts up for this franchise. No doubt you can write he was too loyal to Mike Milbury. Having written that he stands up at the podium and tells you what he's going to do whether we agree or not and he took a big media beating for firing Neil Smith which was deserved but he stood up and told the public why he made a change.

AFF (Affordability): Price of tickets, parking and concessions 76.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Espn claims through padded attendance numbers Isles are last in the league in avgerage so that number seems far too low.

STD (Stadium Experience): Friendliness of environment; quality of game-day promotions

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Considering how successful Loudville was last season and all the efforts made this year for the efforts to get kids to games this ranking is very reflective on the age of the Nassau Coliseum. Of course Pittsburgh and Msg are older and hardly beautiful while the Coliseum seems to have a ton of great promotions.

PLA (Players): Effort on the field; likability off it 61.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Effort on the field/ice in this case was spotty and that's being kind. I really do not have a favorite among the players and have no idea how likeable the players are off of it.

CCH (Coach/Manager): Strong on-field leadership 5.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I hope Charles Wang and Garth Snow see that whenever this was done, Ted Nolan finished first among NHL coaches. He did not do better than Stirling or Laviolette in year two but people feel this man is a leader.

TTR (Title Track): Titles already won or expected -- soon 66.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Seems like a very low ranking considering the Isles past but also seems offset by the playoff record since 1984. I don't know.