SBD/Issue 73/Franchises

N.Y. Post Ranks Area's Nine "Big Four" Teams By Success, Fan Base

N.Y. Post writer Mike Vaccaro Sunday revealed his New York Power Index of the nine N.Y.-area "big four" pro sports teams. The unscientific ranking took into account, "in no particular order or importance," where the teams "stack up based on success, relevance, following, newsworthiness, and general importance" (N.Y. POST, 12/26).

RANK
TEAM
COMMENT
1
Yankees
"It will take some kind of special team and special year to topple them from the summit."
2
Jets "This is a special circumstance and they are the only team in 2010 that even came within shouting distance of the Yankees."
3
Knicks "Even in rough seas, the Knicks generate more e-mails, more voicemails, more blog-post responses per victory than any team in town."
4
Giants "Maybe it's a sad commentary on our times that the Giants can become so easily surpassed by the Jets as a media entity, but they are the clear No. 1 football team in town."
5
Mets "The Mets could use an out-of-nowhere, feel-good, 90-win season this year to get it turned around."
6
Rangers "Think of them less as No. 6 on this list as No. 1 among the four bottom-dwellers."
7
Nets "Moving to Brooklyn will help their profile."
8
Devils "Beautiful building. Ugly season."
9
Islanders Former players Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy and Billy Smith would be "50-50 to beat the present group wearing their old sweaters."
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