No. 40: Carolina Panthers

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 6, 2012, 5:43 PM ET
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 97 Title track: 50 (tie) Ownership: 21 Coaching: 44 (tie) Players: 35 Fan relations: 47 Affordability: 52 Stadium experience: 71 Bang for the buck: 68

To see how big an impact one player and one coach can make, look no further than the Panthers and their 57-spot improvement in our standings. After drafting QB Cam Newton (whose jersey was the ninth-highest seller in the latest NFL merchandise report in May), Carolina jumped 54 spots in the players category. New head ...

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