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Celtics ranked best pro sports team

The Boston Celtics were ranked most successful professional sports team in 2008 [1] by a new bizjournals study. The Detroit Lions [2] were named the least successful.

A total of 122 organizations in the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL [3] were compared on two criteria: games won and money made. Bizjournals reports that in addition to winning the NBA championship and earning a league-high winning percentage during the regular season (.791), the Celtics sold out every home game and saw a 14% increase in franchise value in 2008.

5 Best Sports Organizations in 2008:
1. Boston Celtics [4] (NBA)
2. New York Giants [5] (NFL)
3. Los Angeles Lakers [6] (NBA)
4. Montreal Canadiens [7] (NHL [8])
5. Boston Red Sox [9] (MLB)

5 Worst Sports Organizations in 2008:
122. Detroit Lions (NFL)
121. New York Islanders [10] (NHL)
120. Memphis Grizzlies [11] (NBA)
119. Atlanta Thrashers [12] (NHL)
118. Pittsburgh Pirates [13] (MLB)

5 Best NBA Organizations in 2008: overall ranking in parentheses
1. Boston Celtics (1)
2. Los Angeles Lakers (3)
3. Detroit Pistons [14] (6)
4. Utah Jazz [15] (11)
5. Cleveland Cavaliers [16] (15)

5 Worst NBA Organizations in 2008: overall ranking in parentheses
30. Oklahoma City Thunder [17]/Seattle SuperSonics (108)
29. Sacramento Kings [18] (109)
28. Indiana Pacers [19] (112)
27. Minnesota Timberwolves [20] (117)
26. Memphis Grizzlies (120)