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.San Antonio Spurs131166135
2.Detroit Pistons2263882393
3.Pittsburgh Steelers3952242241117
4.Indianapolis Colts4181411696629
5.Anaheim Angels549305102681
6.Atlanta Falcons661261036101733
7.St. Louis Cardinals71835161481921
8.Carolina Panthers871881920111325
9.Atlanta Braves952021283719914
10.New England Patriots10294126317317
11.Houston Astros11432712353042
12.Indiana Pacers1214604154301538
13.Chicago White Sox1327114113517228
14.Denver Broncos14242611442324209
15.Dallas Mavericks1523722332252844
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Jacksonville Jaguars16361033129202635
17.Milwaukee Brewers17211529212333562
18.Philadelphia Eagles181636174731151836
19.Cincinnati Bengals19153142313221541
20.Phoenix Suns20201625453393445
21.Houston Rockets215613153730132322
22.Tampa Bay Buccaneers224028353413172410
23.Miami Heat232517264848144834
24.Seattle Seahawks241249234618393649
25.Cleveland Indians251933492615164457
26.Kansas City Chiefs264244133816282548
27.Dallas Cowboys273538243666351411
28.New York Yankees28322236833941108
29.Denver Nuggets292855193226501654
30.Green Bay Packers3072149211377915
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Buffalo Bills31342127953476353
32.Memphis Grizzlies323330321724404277
33.New York Giants335424106971293223
34.Tennessee Titans346650452027342240
35.Utah Jazz355929163542571267
36.Miami Dolphins365253204065512747
37.Washington Redskins37763746854327418
38.Minnesota Twins3884083492364916
39.Minnesota Timberwolves391056314970586860
40.Sacramento Kings403919407367455351
41.Texas Rangers412265604121234584
42.Oakland Athletics421727741484127327
43.Chicago Bears437541475454324337
44.Chicago Bulls447748527457382920
45.San Diego Chargers453125695779185546
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
46.Cleveland Cavaliers464732445664426152
47.Toronto Blue Jays475139553077545726
48.Philadelphia 76ers484467396658444159
49.San Diego Padres494834536719614766
50.St. Louis Rams503857565163487519
51.Arizona Diamondbacks51374557424174832
52.Milwaukee Bucks525535382776437663
53.Florida Marlins53116280298956646
54.Baltimore Ravens546485186828636913
55.New Orleans Hornets55494676347655188
56.San Francisco Giants56786337797666256
57.Seattle Sonics571352667675538071
58.Golden State Warriors582658625273626778
59.Washington Wizards596254588759523876
60.Cincinnati Reds605064672349708731
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
61.Los Angeles Lakers61797843905268712
62.Boston Red Sox62915128913855594
63.New York Jets637347518186463770
64.Washington Nationals643076872281604069
65.New Jersey Nets655343897182314658
66.Cleveland Browns668370656050773173
67.New York Mets678559488687645030
68.Pittsburgh Pirates684568862511718679
69.Detroit Lions696977506145817182
70.Boston Celtics707188548874765443
71.Oakland Raiders718274686278698532
72.Seattle Mariners72896164809727480
73.Chicago Cubs73846659825787885
74.Kansas City Royals74417591755858465
75.Colorado Rockies755873815534678292
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
76.Detroit Tigers768183614360897050
77.Orlando Magic775769785383736575
78.Los Angeles Clippers788071905861595291
79.Houston Texans798642637540839172
80.Baltimore Orioles806390755025807755
81.San Francisco 49ers819079797080795624
82.Los Angeles Dodgers824689843946849239
83.Philadelphia Phillies836586716444878881
84.Toronto Raptors847481828456866689
85.Tampa Bay Devil Rays857082851891498983
86.Arizona Cardinals866180885990756086
87.Atlanta Hawks878772777768827287
88.New York Knicks888884739262912174
89.Portland Trail Blazers896791728972923368
90.Minnesota Vikings906892707288909064
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
91.New Orleans Saints916087926585888190
92.Charlotte BobcatsN/AN/A23347835225861

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