The Mag's Ultimate Standings 2014

The method to our ultimate madness

First: Consulting firm Maddock Douglas surveyed 1,002 North American fans to form 25 criteria for what you want most in return for the emotion, money and time you invest in the 122 MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams.

Second: Teaming with NetReflector, an opinion research firm, ESPN.com asked fans to rate their home teams in each area; more than 101,000 of you did! We grouped grades into the categories below. Royals fans, for example, ranked Kauffman Stadium much higher (29) than owner David Glass (112).

Third: Our final measure, bang for the buck, uses calculations developed with Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center to figure how well teams turn fans' money into wins. FINALLY We combined each team's score across all categories into a weighted average. For example, since fans ranked players as more important than ownership, the former counted for 13.9 percent of a team's final score versus 11.3 percent for the latter. The result? Fan opinion combined with an objective gauge of the cost of winning. Ultimately, everything counts.

Affordability
Price of tickets, parking and concessions
1. Grizzlies
122. Maple Leafs

Coaching:
Strength of on-field leadership
1. Spurs
122. Panthers (NHL)

Fan relations
Courtesy by players, coaches and front offices toward fans, and how well a team uses technology to reach them
1. Spurs
122. Knicks

Ownership
Honesty; loyalty to core players and the community
1. Spurs
122. Marlins

Players
Effort on the field, likability off it
1. Spurs
122. Knicks

Stadium experience
Quality of venue; fan-friendliness of environment; frequency of game-day promotions
1. Giants (MLB)
122. Islanders

Bang for the buck
Wins in the past year, per fan dollars
1. Pacers
122. Maple Leafs

Title track
Championships won or expected within the lifetime of current fans
1. Cardinals (MLB)
122. T-Wolves


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TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
1.Indiana Pacers1816530825926668
2.Anaheim Ducks22612723184112
3.Seattle Seahawks331156913358
4.Carolina Panthers26458625678435157
5.Denver Broncos17553197357274330
6.Memphis Grizzlies4613321266862
7.Pittsburgh Pirates22745100108383482
8.San Antonio Spurs1811318115
9.Oklahoma City Thunder7914252327108847
10.San Francisco 49ers27107636865919826
11.Arizona Diamondbacks301156831854758641
12.Colorado Avalanche16123239604224725
13.Cleveland Indians4613619525465317108
14.Atlanta Braves451454804179679242
15.Cincinnati Bengals9915118110911108895110
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.San Diego Padres106161141178151119106119
17.St. Louis Blues11179171635342874
18.Tampa Bay Rays35184089992491957
19.Indianapolis Colts131925573617152119
20.Cincinnati Reds282038232231769055
21.Tampa Bay Lightning621201845333126
22.Milwaukee Brewers232242221510426482
23.Columbus Blue Jackets212323541714324979
24.Pittsburgh Penguins2524191462155911521
25.Ottawa Senators922598116104102795999
26.Los Angeles Kings526265812232
27.Charlotte Hornets292730561445413379
28.Washington Wizards73289364841007498106
29.New Orleans Saints14292224383813410
30.Kansas City Chiefs563079477049652486
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.San Jose Sharks313117204526774775
32.Baltimore Orioles423264863116371365
33.Boston Bruins3933283510671212212
34.Oakland Athletics5034341201311951636
35.Dallas Stars123515262128232634
36.Phoenix Coyotes41363175566511884
37.Atlanta Hawks483746722883453894
38.Chicago Blackhawks103843857482
39.Los Angeles Angels153916481121223731
40.Arizona Cardinals584085685763542773
41.Portland Trail Blazers334127295332204064
42.Golden State Warriors524229768073258572
43.Kansas City Royals71439011229298311489
44.New England Patriots43445131996116217
45.New Orleans Pelicans654575653596859481
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
46.Houston Rockets494670445450688945
47.San Diego Chargers1004795106102120775690
48.Los Angeles Dodgers614891277646948243
49.Dallas Mavericks9495131911141017
50.Los Angeles Clippers5950681076877281563
51.Minnesota Wild24511215394176161
52.Detroit Tigers37523683734447346
53.Miami Dolphins10853121999411111210790
54.Toronto Raptors74547174107764658101
55.Green Bay Packers855742039252
56.Detroit Red Wings20563226871265
57.Carolina Hurricanes63574473434810911733
58.St. Louis Cardinals195810933611491
59.Minnesota Timberwolves1145911611447115117105122
60.New York Rangers7060356912067363549
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
61.Tennessee Titans10461108102781031068398
62.Miami Heat346220166543354524
63.Baltimore Ravens36635711483326195
64.Texas Rangers546450713430554766
65.Montreal Canadiens5565382110039636539
66.Brooklyn Nets7666667010137905586
67.Philadelphia Eagles696777559389582977
68.Buffalo Bills82689296121068677102
69.Pittsburgh Steelers3869377495630368
70.Detroit Lions11170120849897113100120
71.Denver Nuggets987110697718591102117
72.Washington Nationals517247456144317959
73.St. Louis Rams88739611374116843240
74.Phoenix Suns647469785982403092
75.Toronto Blue Jays8175867997107708744
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
76.Seattle Mariners90768810382249371114
77.Cleveland Cavaliers1017794914465115121109
78.New Jersey Devils477826605040387019
79.Colorado Rockies91799710846368197118
80.Nashville Predators40801843620297276
81.Chicago Bears7781785810898565349
82.Atlanta Falcons678267336695696070
83.Philadelphia Flyers608333499053505171
84.Minnesota Vikings1038410185881137967102
85.Sacramento Kings85858051421081076994
86.Chicago Bulls53864161875281135
87.Miami Marlins9687991226768528438
88.Detroit Pistons105881129851901217431
89.Utah Jazz68895539275887101102
90.San Francisco Giants329081095171410
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
91.Minnesota Twins62916081529738051
92.Tampa Bay Buccaneers8492100827986954137
93.Chicago White Sox579348464064648122
94.New York Giants79948234113101712315
95.Cleveland Browns110951151117210410496111
96.New York Islanders11696107121771228911893
97.New York Jets113971109311710510044105
98.New York Mets118981131191159310511088
99.Washington Capitals949959521057410391107
100.Dallas Cowboys107100109921126910811248
101.Calgary Flames89101846696114666253
102.Orlando Magic78102816763418210278
103.Philadelphia 76ers9310389895593986367
104.Buffalo Sabres75104436324621105796
105.Florida Panthers102105621093081101122116
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
106.Houston Astros95106103946470607685
107.Vancouver Canucks112107837711999102120100
108.Houston Texans7210848388955577769
109.Oakland Raiders1191091111158312111410956
110.Milwaukee Bucks12011011910432117118116115
111.Boston Celtics6611152417575615428
112.Philadelphia Phillies8311287599222999329
113.Jacksonville Jaguars441132428219471260
114.Winnipeg Jets97114744210384977597
115.New York Knicks12111512211812191122108112
116.Washington Redskins10911610588111112969954
117.Edmonton Oilers1151171028711011811611152
118.Los Angeles Lakers871187253109607111922
119.New York Yankees86119733711880624615
120.Boston Red Sox80120635011672483912
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
121.Chicago Cubs11712110410111488111104113
122.Toronto Maple Leafs122122117105122109120113121

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