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Morning links: ESPN ranks Hawks No. 83 franchise in sports

Looking for another sign that the Seattle Seahawks do not command much respect nationally? In the eighth annual survey performed by ESPN The Magazine ranking the major sports franchises, called the Ultimate Standings, the Seattle Seahawks were ranked a surprising 83rd overall among 122 sports franchise in the magazine’s latest addition due out this Friday.

The Seattle Mariners, a team with only four playoff appearances in the history of the franchise, were ranked 58th overall. And our former NBA team, the Seattle SuperSonics – now the Oklahoma Thunder – ranked 25th overall.

Even teams like the Memphis Grizzlies (75th), the Vancouver Canucks (64) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (71) were ranked ahead of the Seahawks.

The New Orleans Saints rode a Super Bowl victory to the top spot, followed by the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Angels, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Rays, San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Red Wings, the Packers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Los Angeles Clippers placed last on the list at 122nd overall.

Other bottom feeders include the Toronto Maple Leafs (121), Washington Wizards (120), New York Knicks (119), New Jersey Nets (118), Philadelphia 76ers (117), Minnesota Timberwolves (116), Oakland Raiders (115), St. Louis Rams (114) and Toronto Raptors (113).

The survey ranks MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams in eight different areas, including ownership, bang for the buck, coaching, fan relations and stadium experience.

I understand the Seahawks have only won nine games over the past two seasons. However, they still regularly sell out Qwest Field and have one of the richest owners in pro sports in Paul Allen, who is committed to putting a winning product on the field. Hard to believe those two things alone don’t get you further up the list.

Jim Moore of Seattlepi.com catches up with former Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora at his annual celebrity golf tournament at Newcastle golf course. Mora says he has moved on from being fired in January after one year on the job.

Brian McIntyre of Scout.com, a knowledgable source on contract issues, takes an educated guess why the Seahawks may have waived safety Kevin Ellison and signed him to a new contract. Essentially by signing Ellison to a new deal, the Seahawks would have to pay him less money if he makes the roster and is placed on the reserve list, lessening the risk to the team for the 23-year-old safety with has a history of knee issues.

Scout Inc’s Matt Williamson says he doesn’t believe Matt Hasselbeck as someone the Seahawks can trust moving forward in this piece looking at the 34-year-old quarterback’s future.

San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, whom the Seahawks are rumored to be interested in, is suspended for three games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Jackson had his second DUI conviction in February, triggering the suspension.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post breaks down the spot route – a three-man route executed effectively by Minnesota’s Brett Favre against the New Orleans Saints for a short touchdown reception to Sidney Rice.

Our own Dave Boling talks with KJR’s Elise Woodward about the state of the Seahawks with a month left before the start of training camp in this audio link.

Lawyer Milloy talks with KJR’s Ian Furness in this audio link.

Looking for some inspiration this morning? Then check out Chris Carter as he addresses first-year players during the Rookie Symposium in California this week.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports the players union is looking to negotiate a six-year CBA extension.

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