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.Buffalo Sabres1141322511453
2.San Antonio Spurs210111214769
3.Dallas Mavericks311242041133
4.Indianapolis Colts4231428862311
5.Detroit Pistons53266131113735
6.Anaheim Mighty Ducks656123029121843
7.Anaheim Angels742360821331326
8.Nashville Predators820748722142255
9.Pittsburgh Steelers916163333110606
10.Carolina Hurricanes1015843291735231
11.Phoenix Suns1191318525181749
12.Detroit Tigers1233209101621235
13.Seattle Seahawks1373916568442151
14.Minnesota Twins1462277512042732
15.Atlanta Braves15124561324634720
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Milwaukee Brewers16133452412535691
17.Tampa Bay Lightning175810332218182610
18.Detroit Red Wings182852727715433
19.St. Louis Cardinals1969973899122
20.Dallas Stars202521285743263923
21.Miami Heat21321584923482513
22.San Jose Sharks221732215432404452
23.Green Bay Packers2381185192257014
24.Denver Broncos243137106028311512
25.Jacksonville Jaguars25861541669614256
26.Utah Jazz262942152156381064
27.Houston Rockets276717204236203734
28.Chicago White Sox28593358245223198
29.Minnesota Wild29881117431271458
30.Houston Astros308912192613165060
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.New England Patriots3149194610734357
32.Baltimore Ravens324072116119284118
33.Cleveland Indians332353752315498879
34.Ottawa Senators343031365359626859
35.Pittsburgh Penguins353614903111764629
36.Cleveland Cavaliers361841406458728962
37.Carolina Panthers372160298068633348
38.Calgary Flames386125235176526746
39.Chicago Bulls397350346749243124
40.Colorado Avalanche406024497641516421
41.Toronto Blue Jays419340311188417731
42.New Orleans Saints425236100257930863
43.Arizona Diamondbacks434654763755558719
44.New Orleans Hornets4434471031473324898
45.Toronto Raptors457528556947196569
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
46.Edmonton Oilers466529424894545444
47.Washington Wizards474759257071425275
48.New York Yankees4876352610548461616
49.Philadelphia Eagles494549449062394071
50.Chicago Bears502689459564362036
51.Denver Nuggets513596393637583868
52.Oakland Athletics5238511059112179340
53.Texas Rangers5324778240536079100
54.New Jersey Devils547027321081075594
55.Atlanta Thrashers557144656524644965
56.Buffalo Bills56397383693767183
57.Cincinnati Reds575478561863859550
58.Orlando Magic5841387346105567866
59.San Diego Chargers5914928686106225757
60.Los Angeles Dodgers608370623439746645
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
61.New York Mets6180462794108292938
62.Tennessee Titans627994703966471147
63.St. Louis Blues636443575583783589
64.San Diego Padres643767857333699485
65.Washington Capitals659030688181436393
66.Kansas City Chiefs665576359140736284
67.Los Angeles Lakers6711065241094450922
68.Kansas City Royals6853831041279910473
69.Philadelphia Phillies6986817145205911077
70.Montreal Canadiens7010555228345974737
71.Phoenix Coyotes71227493415410982118
72.Tampa Bay Buccaneers7210263729630718015
73.Miami Dolphins7366713787846810674
74.Vancouver Canucks74103483811261665878
75.Pittsburgh Pirates75628611217382100112
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
76.Columbus Blue Jackets7697525168611534106
77.Los Angeles Clippers778268966672707595
78.Washington Nationals7899698015110758588
79.New York Jets79875866106115452481
80.Charlotte Bobcats801016695596057101105
81.St. Louis Rams817785798898837427
82.Dallas Cowboys8263104598491849125
83.New York Rangers8398568111557878441
84.Florida Marlins84439512227121379928
85.Colorado Rockies854891114473579109120
86.Tampa Bay Devil Rays862710810731147797115
87.New York Islanders87686487100118862872
88.Boston Red Sox88122624111926656117
89.Golden State Warriors891911092899610445114
90.Seattle Mariners90107828874109311392
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
91.San Francisco Giants911159950935926980
92.Portland Trail Blazers92106107975080813067
93.Houston Texans9311175641043810272102
94.Milwaukee Bucks94927984581048912099
95.Memphis Grizzlies9557931093565112119116
96.Philadelphia Flyers961175753114759010776
97.Arizona Cardinals97969710863709486109
98.Chicago Cubs9812184699979555108
99.Toronto Maple Leafs99748067122788053111
100.San Francisco 49ers1001128811092119673630
101.New York Giants101721093011310211111239
102.Cincinnati Bengals102441217475741005161
103.Los Angeles Kings1031098794110679192103
104.New Jersey Nets104919011879109887690
105.Baltimore Orioles1057811111371421059886
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
106.Atlanta Falcons106501144798991149682
107.Florida Panthers10795101116628511090101
108.Washington Redskins1081001038912095983242
109.Minnesota T'wolves109561129185101106117117
110.Sacramento Kings110851029910310010711487
111.Seattle Sonics11142981208211310312297
112.Boston Celtics11211810678101979612170
113.Atlanta Hawks1131141051117790101115119
114.Indiana Pacers114511226344501208194
115.Philadelphia 76ers1151041139810292113105104
116.Cleveland Browns1161081161017887118108113
117.Boston Bruins117113100115118103108103107
118.Chicago Blackhawks1189411512111611111683121
119.Minnesota Vikings11984119106111122117116110
120.New York Knicks1201201171021218211911196
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
121.Oakland Raiders1211191181199711612111854
122.Detroit Lions12211612011711789122102122

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