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Wings among smartest spenders

Businessweek tabs Wings behind baseball's Rays and Rangers

Thursday, 08.30.2012 / 2:44 PM ET / Press Release
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Bloomberg Businessweek’s second annual ranking of the smartest spenders in sports is online now at businessweek.com.

The ranking determines how well the 122 franchises in the NHL, NFL, NBA and MLB spend their money. Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Ira Boudway compiled the list using regular and post-season records, and publicly available payroll data, to calculate how much teams spent per win over the last five seasons. (For baseball, he also included the first half of the current season.) Every team was then compared against league average to see how well they turn wages into wins, producing a total score cal led the “efficiency index.” The lower the index the better.

MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays topped the list with an efficiency index of -1.82, followed by the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings. Rounding out the top 10 were the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Pittsburgh Penguins, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Boston Bruins.

Dead last on the ranking is NFL’s St. Louis Rams, coming in with an efficiency index of 4.07. Detroit's other pro teams had mrginal shows with the NBA's Pistons at No. 60, MLB's Tigers at No. 96 and the NFL's Lions at No. 110.

For this year’s ranking, bonuses were added for the victories that matter most: wins above .500, playoff wins, and championships. The scale counts regular-season wins once, with a half-win bonus for every win over .500. Playoff wins count for 10 percent of a season; championships for half a season. In their Super Bowl winning season in 2011, for instance, the New York Giants got credit for nine regular-season wins, plus a .5 game bonus for their ninth win — the one that put them above .500. Their four playoff wins earned them 6.4 more wins. And the Super Bowl victory eight more, for total of 23.9 weighted wins. At businessweek.com, the rankings are interactive as readers can adjust the weights with their own values, and see how the rankings change. They can also sort the rankings by league.

NOTABLE FINDINGS

Hockey: Top NHL team is the Red Wings (No. 3); Least efficient is the New York Islanders (No. 119)

Baseball: Top MLB team is the Tampa Bay Rays (No. 1 overall); Least efficient is the New York Mets (No. 120)

Basketball: Top NBA team is the L.A. Lakers (No. 4); Least efficient is the Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 121)

Football: Top NFL team is the New England Patriots (No. 7); Least efficient is the St. Louis Rams (No. 122)

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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