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11-28-2012, 06:33 PM
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Forbes ranks Lightning 23rd on NHL franchise value list
The Tampa Bay Lightning are once again in the bottom third of the 30-team National Hockey League in Forbes Magazine's annual ranking of franchise values.

The Lightning are worth an estimated $174 million, which ranks 23rd on the magazine's list, which was released Wednesday.
The report also includes the estimated top-15 players – including salaries and endorsements – with Tampa Bay centers Steven Stamkos and Vinny Lecavalier landing in the top 10.

The franchise value for Tampa Bay is unchanged from the same report a year ago. The magazine estimates the Lightning brought in $88 in revenue but ended with an operating loss of $13.1 million.

Team spokesman Bill Wickett "respectfully declined'' to comment on the Forbes report.
In the estimated annual player worth, Stamkos – who led the league last year with 60 goals – ranked fifth overall with $8.3 million. That includes his average salary of $7.5 million – though he made $8 million last season – and $800,000 in endorsements with Nike, Bauer and Tissot watches. It did not include his deal with hair care product Garnier-Fructis.

Lecavalier was eighth on the list at $7.9 million, which takes into account his average salary of $7.7 million – though he earned $10 million in salary last season – and an estimated $150,000 in endorsement deals.

And don't worry they also ranked the best and worst fans too

The NHL's Worst Fans

Whether you call them casual fans or fail to find any to call them at all, we found the NHL’s worst fans. Our ranking is based on the following criteria: ticket prices, concession, parking, and memorabilia prices, home attendance, merchandise sales, TV ratings, and social media followers.
No. 3: Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning were one of only 3 teams that had a decrease in its average ticket price last season, one year after an announced price decrease as part of a "Bring It Back" fan initiative.

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