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


Click on table headings to sort by category.

TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
1.Detroit Pistons111551119964
2.San Antonio Spurs21311410275
3.Indianapolis Colts32625127031326
4.New England Patriots41127587111
5.Anaheim Angels51014312131182
6.Philadelphia Eagles631211503310535
7.Atlanta Falcons7617101537271831
8.Green Bay Packers820327117449
9.Pittsburgh Steelers9228324164316
10.Indiana Pacers101257482131224
11.St. Louis Cardinals112848142162617
12.Carolina Panthers124724617175219
13.Dallas Mavericks1318517263223239
14.Minnesota Timberwolves14548142359332433
15.Buffalo Bills15191315653293743
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Atlanta Braves16143333333434913
17.New York Yankees1732202466271543
18.Miami Heat1872716182372529
19.Tennessee Titans193919342526141536
20.Utah Jazz203316132830371672
21.Phoenix Suns21551019383684142
22.Baltimore Ravens2263479421520228
23.Sacramento Kings231621264556364854
24.Kansas City Chiefs242334215525432948
25.Florida Marlins25826751082231711
26.Denver Broncos26304418563951347
27.Houston Astros27829202112183658
28.Jacksonville Jaguars287725281940302337
29.Minnesota Twins2972376391123021
30.Memphis Grizzlies30641822138384069
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Texas Rangers315332443218192063
32.Arizona Diamondbacks321535543124527915
33.Seattle Sonics332531426766323153
34.Cleveland Cavaliers347322384052242749
35.San Francisco Giants35614229716413852
36.Tampa Bay Buccaneers362161567332505310
37.San Diego Chargers372929675480262845
38.Oakland Athletics3893684988217523
39.Dallas Cowboys395656434968651914
40.Philadelphia 76ers404173374857486361
41.New York Jets414537397886312159
42.Cleveland Indians425045653920405164
43.Cincinnati Bengals437554604747461155
44.Orlando Magic444330593476286850
45.Milwaukee Brewers455743661631583579
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
46.Boston Red Sox46813923922825596
47.San Diego Padres475149536935573371
48.Denver Nuggets486569272722617660
49.Los Angeles Lakers494279488843605412
50.Baltimore Orioles505946625114456756
51.Milwaukee Bucks513540574173594378
52.Los Angeles Dodgers523185713642675632
53.Detroit Tigers538665413751663941
54.Cincinnati Reds544462723554626538
55.Miami Dolphins553668324664538951
56.Houston Rockets567938455344707127
57.Chicago Cubs576676406311694567
58.Kansas City Royals58265881538766973
59.Seattle Seahawks595864366829756268
60.Washington Redskins608760499060541022
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
61.Seattle Mariners61902846654447266
62.Washington Wizards627870507755554777
63.Boston Celtics636072527969725247
64.Pittsburgh Pirates64685179299497376
65.Los Angeles Clippers657641853050394287
66.St. Louis Rams666259516263649018
67.Toronto Blue Jays673752684475748634
68.Washington Nationals6847492183477090
69.Chicago Bears698471588361634946
70.Chicago White Sox704067745272714682
71.New York Giants717166358674786625
72.Detroit Lions728550477449775085
73.Tampa Bay Devil Rays736963862284561480
74.Chicago Bulls748975647558736420
75.Toronto Raptors755278707041856181
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
76.New Jersey Nets762453918485426065
77.New York Knicks778855559145687462
78.Philadelphia Phillies784677698248828775
79.Portland Trail Blazers793492638062907774
80.Golden State Warriors803880775778838288
81.Minnesota Vikings814984807287797870
82.Arizona Cardinals825481886192805583
83.New Orleans Hornets831786896079848489
84.Oakland Raiders848087737681818830
85.Colorado Rockies854889828146878192
86.New York Mets868383618789868340
87.New Orleans Saints872790875977918586
88.Atlanta Hawks886782836471898091
89.San Francisco 49ers897088908990889128
90.Cleveland Browns907491788565929284
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
91.Houston TexansN/AN/A1112435355744
92.Charlotte BobcatsN/AN/A27302067165857

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