Welcome to ESPN The Magazine's eighth annual Ultimate Standings, in which we measure how much MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them.
The Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints catapulted from No. 52 last year to the top spot in 2010, thanks in no small part to their dedication to bringing in quality players who delivered the franchises first championship and the efforts of those players in a community still re-building from Hurricane Katrina.
The eight major categories that make up the Ultimate Standings were created based on feedback from fans about what they want most from their favorite teams.
Bang For The Buck (BNG): Wins during the past three years (regular season plus postseason) per revenues directly from fans, adjusted for league schedules.
Fan Relations (FRL): Openness and consideration toward fans by players, coaches and management.
Ownership (OWN): Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community.
Affordability (AFF): Price of tickets, parking and concessions.
Stadium Experience (STX): Quality of arena and game-day promotions as well as friendliness of environment.
Players (PLA): Effort on the field and likability off it.
Coaching (CCH): Strength of on-field leadership.
Title Track (TTR): Championships already won or expected in the lifetime of current fans.