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Last year's ranking: 5
Title track: 2
Fan relations: 7
Stadium experience: 3
Bang for the buck: 55
The 8,000 new seats made Lambeau Field (80,735) the second-biggest NFL venue, behind Metlife Stadium, but even that increase couldn't make much of a dent in Green Bay's season-ticket waiting list (112,000 long and counting). But who can blame their faithful for voting the Packers into our top 10 overall for the ninth time in the 12 years we've been doing Ultimate Standings? Green Bay continues to make all the right moves on and off the field.
Thanks to efforts like the Fit Kids program, adopted in more than 320 Wisconsin public schools, which focuses on health improvement for kids, and the GBP Foundation, which awarded $750,000 in annual grants in 2013, the Packers topped the league in fan relations. They scored high in title track as well -- topping even reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle -- after signing star players like Jordy Nelson to a contract extension and adding veteran talent like defensive end Julius Peppers.
And when veterans tell reporters they "haven't done enough" to earn a big contract extension (as Randall Cobb did after Nelson's re-signing), it's easy to see why a team that lost in the first round of the playoffs still earned a top-10 rating in the players category. But Packers backers have only themselves to blame for a slight dip in the ownership rating. Green Bay is, of course, the only NFL team owned by fans.