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Friday, June 17, 2011
Ultimate Rankings: Rams, Seahawks surge

By Mike Sando

The St. Louis Rams are surging. The Seattle Seahawks are moving up, too.

The Arizona Cardinals are plummeting. The San Francisco 49ers are slipping to a much smaller degree.

Those were the conclusions offered up by ESPN's Ultimate Team Rankings for 2011.

The rankings evaluate 122 professional franchises across the following categories: bang for the buck, fan relations, ownership, affordability, stadium experience, players, coaching and to what degree teams have won or are likely to win championships during their fans' lifetimes. Teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball comprised the rankings.

Notes in relation to the NFC West:
The first chart shows where NFC West teams rank in relation to the other 118 franchises across baseball, hockey and basketball.

The second chart ranks NFC West teams by how many places they changed in the rankings from 2010 to 2011. The Rams are listed first because they improved a division-high 31 places in the rankings.