Bolts take top spot in ESPN’s Ultimate Sports Standings

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers. AP Photo

(WFLA) – Tampa Bay Lightning were ranked number one overall for 2016 in the Ultimate Sports Standings by ESPN the Magazine.

The standings are compiled annually by ESPN and they ranked 122 teams in the four major leagues – The NHL, the NFL, the MLB and the NBA.

The rankings are based on the fan surveys that ask fans to rank the teams in 25 categories.

The Bolts were third in the rankings last year and were ranked 85th overall in 2009, the year before Jeff Vinik purchased the team, according to the team’s communications staff.

Congratulations, Bolts! And best of luck this season! provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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