Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Saw this in Pat Yasinskas' NFC South blog and found it very interesting.
Bizjournals ranked all 122 professional sports franchises in the four major sports -- NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL for their 2008 performances. The criteria was based mostly on winning percentages and revenues.
The AFC West, just like in the real world, didn't fair all that well.
San Diego, which won the division based on a tiebreaker against Denver, was 40th overall and 11th in the NFL. Denver was 58th and 17th. Kansas City, which was 2-14 and in last place in the AFC West, was 87th and 28th. Oakland, which was 5-11 and finished in third place in the division, was 100th overall and 30th in the NFL.
What does it all mean? It means when your division is won with an 8-8 record and teams like San Diego, Kansas City and Oakland are worrying about empty seats several times a year, the overall showing is this type of ranking isn't going to be overwhelmingly strong.
Perhaps 2009 will be better. Or perhaps not.