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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: September 23, 12:37 PM ET
No. 31: Pittsburgh Steelers

By Scott T. Miller
ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 12
Title track: 5
Ownership: 8
Coaching: 25
Players: 36
Fan relations: 38
Affordability: 46
Stadium experience: 50
Bang for the buck: 47

Steelers fans aren't quick to forget the franchise's two-Super-Bowls-in-four-years stretch from 2005 to 2008. Even after a mediocre 8-8 season that saw Ben Roethlisberger miss three games and a platoon running game average only 3.7 yards per carry (29th in the NFL), the Steelers' title track ranks in our top 10 for the seventh consecutive season. What separates Pittsburgh: The franchise has the lowest average ticket price ($74, 17th in the NFL) of the league's top-nine title track franchises. That helps explain why Steelers fans responded 19 percent more favorably than the league average when asked about getting the most out of their money. Don't expect that to change as long as the Rooney family remains at the helm; the Steelers' owners have ranked in our top 10 for nine years running. Now if they'd just add another jumbo video board, they could move Heinz Field into this century.