I know this is a bit of a non-story, but since it's the offseason this is basically Watergate compared to WalterFootball's 600th mock draft since February.
Anyway, BusinessWeek have ranked the 122 NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA. franchises by how much they spend compared to wins in the past five years.
The Ravens came in 7th overall (Steelers are 37th: suck it ), good for 2nd in the NFL. The Orioles came in 70th.
An obvious problem with the ranking system emerges when you see the Patriots are the best NFL side, given it says more about their schedule than their spending habits. Five years is also a bit arbitrary (we'd totally look better if it went back to six).
Salary caps are a bit weird. I know baseball has a softer cap (which doesn't help the Yankees. Hate those guys), but it makes wins a lot more important for the NFL in particular - as the spending figures are pretty similar. But the bottom five NFL franchises are the Jags, Lions, Redskins, Browns and Rams, so that should say something.
Either way though, it's a bit of a fun look at the major sports franchises. And it's interactive, so you can head over and adjust the weightings of playoff games and championships to make them more or less important. Push the value of playoff wins to 30% and we're suddenly the second-smartest overall.
Edited by Inqui, 25 April 2014 - 07:53 PM.