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, 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.

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

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

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

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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1.Tampa Bay Lightning621201845333126
2.Phoenix Coyotes41363175566511884
3.Nashville Predators40801843620297276
4.Anaheim Ducks22612723184112
5.St. Louis Blues11179171635342874
6.Columbus Blue Jackets212323541714324979
7.Dallas Stars123515262128232634
8.Buffalo Sabres75104436324621105796
9.Detroit Red Wings20563226871265
10.Florida Panthers102105621093081101122116
11.Minnesota Wild24511215394176161
12.Carolina Hurricanes63574473434810911733
13.San Jose Sharks313117204526774775
14.New Jersey Devils477826605040387019
15.Los Angeles Kings526265812232
16.Colorado Avalanche16123239604224725
17.Pittsburgh Penguins2524191462155911521
18.New York Islanders11696107121771228911893
19.Chicago Blackhawks103843857482
20.Philadelphia Flyers608333499053505171
21.Calgary Flames89101846696114666253
22.Montreal Canadiens5565382110039636539
23.Winnipeg Jets97114744210384977597
24.Ottawa Senators922598116104102795999
25.Washington Capitals949959521057410391107
26.Boston Bruins3933283510671212212
27.Edmonton Oilers1151171028711011811611152
28.Vancouver Canucks112107837711999102120100
29.New York Rangers7060356912067363549
30.Toronto Maple Leafs122122117105122109120113121


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