The Cincinnati Bengals were rated the worst sports franchise in ESPN The Magazine's annual rankings.
In all, 122 professional teams were rated in numerous categories such as players, fan relations and affordability. The Bengals brought up the rear out of all the teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball.
"The best teams in sports find ways to reward their fans' devotion," ESPN The Magazine editor Peter Keating said in a statement. "The teams at the top of our Ultimate Standings are winners on the field, but, as we write in the magazine, they’re truly notable for returning fans' love."
For the past 20 years, there has been little reward for being a Bengals fan.
Recently, we interviewed one Cincinnati fan who grew tired of the
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