Bloomberg Businessweek has released their second annual list of the “smartest spenders in sports,” and the Tampa Bay Rays came out on top of the 122 teams in the four major North American sports leagues.
Behold our second annual ranking of how well the 122 franchises in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB spend their money. We’ve used payroll data (from USA Today, Basketball-Reference.com, NBC Sports, and NFL.com) to calculate how much teams spent per win over the last five seasons. (For baseball, we also include the first half of the current season.) We then compared every team against league average, producing a total score we call the efficiency index. The median score for every league is zero. The lower the score, the less a team spent for its wins.
The Texas Rangers are ranked second. The Tampa Bay Bucs are ranked 59th (15th among NFL teams) and the Lightning are 76th (17th among NHL teams).