As mentioned in the Minnesota Wild gameday thread, I was contacted by Brian Kamenetzky of ESPN The Magazine to help provide him with information concerning their Ultimate Standings.
That's where FTF comes in.
The Ultimate Standings is a system that attempts to rank sports franchises across North America in terms of their fanbase's happiness. How well an organization gives back to the fans is the main crux of what they are measuring.
Here's the questions Brian asked. I'll be submitting them on Saturday night (right after the Vancouver game), so make sure to chime in before then if you are interested.
-The ownership group did very well in the polling. Why do you think that is? What have they done to build trust with fans? Is it as simple as producing a consistently competitive team?
-How responsive is the organization to your needs as fans? Do you have examples?
-What makes the experience at the arena (which also rated very high) so unique? Is there something particular to watching games in San Jose that helps bring fans together? (I've only seen NHL games in St. Louis, Anaheim, and Los Angeles, so I don't have first hand experience.)
-What kind of personal connection do you feel to the players? Are they out in the community? Do they seem accessible?
-Do you feel like the organization has been responsive to you as fans during what are some pretty brutal economic times?
If you want to address any/all of those issues, too, that would be awesome. In doing some research, it seems like fans were worried that the ownership group wouldn't keep the team together after last year's group didn't advance as far as they were supposed to, but they did. I would think that makes an impact. Obviously putting a winning product on the ice is the most important thing.
Cheers guys, looking forward to what we come up with. If you're uncomfortable with putting your answers in the comments (or are reading this without an account), feel free to email me.