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


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TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
1.Memphis Grizzlies4613321266862
2.Jacksonville Jaguars441132428219471260
3.San Antonio Spurs1811318115
4.Tampa Bay Lightning621201845333126
5.Phoenix Coyotes41363175566511884
6.Nashville Predators40801843620297276
7.Anaheim Ducks22612723184112
8.Indiana Pacers1816530825926668
9.Tampa Bay Rays35184089992491957
10.Pittsburgh Pirates22745100108383482
11.Los Angeles Angels153916481121223731
12.Buffalo Bills82689296121068677102
13.Oakland Athletics5034341201311951636
14.Charlotte Hornets292730561445413379
15.Milwaukee Brewers232242221510426482
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.St. Louis Blues11179171635342874
17.Columbus Blue Jackets212323541714324979
18.Arizona Diamondbacks301156831854758641
19.Dallas Mavericks9495131911141017
20.Green Bay Packers855742039252
21.Dallas Stars123515262128232634
22.Cincinnati Reds282038232231769055
23.Oklahoma City Thunder7914252327108847
24.Buffalo Sabres75104436324621105796
25.Cleveland Indians4613619525465317108
26.Detroit Red Wings20563226871265
27.Utah Jazz68895539275887101102
28.Atlanta Hawks483746722883453894
29.Kansas City Royals71439011229298311489
30.Florida Panthers102105621093081101122116
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Baltimore Orioles423264863116371365
32.Milwaukee Bucks12011011910432117118116115
33.St. Louis Cardinals195810933611491
34.Texas Rangers546450713430554766
35.New Orleans Pelicans654575653596859481
36.Indianapolis Colts131925573617152119
37.Detroit Tigers37523683734447346
38.New Orleans Saints14292224383813410
39.Minnesota Wild24511215394176161
40.Chicago White Sox579348464064648122
41.Atlanta Braves451454804179679242
42.Sacramento Kings85858051421081076994
43.Carolina Hurricanes63574473434810911733
44.Cleveland Cavaliers1017794914465115121109
45.San Jose Sharks313117204526774775
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
46.Colorado Rockies91799710846368197118
47.Minnesota Timberwolves1145911611447115117105122
48.Baltimore Ravens36635711483326195
49.Pittsburgh Steelers3869377495630368
50.New Jersey Devils477826605040387019
51.Detroit Pistons105881129851901217431
52.Minnesota Twins62916081529738051
53.Portland Trail Blazers334127295332204064
54.Houston Rockets494670445450688945
55.Philadelphia 76ers9310389895593986367
56.Carolina Panthers26458625678435157
57.Arizona Cardinals584085685763542773
58.Los Angeles Kings526265812232
59.Phoenix Suns647469785982403092
60.Colorado Avalanche16123239604224725
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
61.Washington Nationals517247456144317959
62.Pittsburgh Penguins2524191462155911521
63.Orlando Magic78102816763418210278
64.Houston Astros95106103946470607685
65.Miami Heat346220166543354524
66.Atlanta Falcons678267336695696070
67.Miami Marlins9687991226768528438
68.Los Angeles Clippers5950681076877281563
69.Seattle Seahawks331156913358
70.Kansas City Chiefs563079477049652486
71.Denver Nuggets987110697718591102117
72.Cleveland Browns110951151117210410496111
73.Denver Broncos17553197357274330
74.St. Louis Rams88739611374116843240
75.Boston Celtics6611152417575615428
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
76.Los Angeles Dodgers614891277646948243
77.New York Islanders11696107121771228911893
78.Tennessee Titans10461108102781031068398
79.Tampa Bay Buccaneers8492100827986954137
80.Golden State Warriors524229768073258572
81.San Diego Padres106161141178151119106119
82.Seattle Mariners90768810382249371114
83.Oakland Raiders1191091111158312111410956
84.Washington Wizards73289364841007498106
85.Chicago Blackhawks103843857482
86.San Francisco 49ers27107636865919826
87.Chicago Bulls53864161875281135
88.Minnesota Vikings1038410185881137967102
89.Houston Texans7210848388955577769
90.Philadelphia Flyers608333499053505171
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
91.Cincinnati Bengals9915118110911108895110
92.Philadelphia Phillies8311287599222999329
93.Philadelphia Eagles696777559389582977
94.Miami Dolphins10853121999411111210790
95.San Francisco Giants329081095171410
96.Calgary Flames89101846696114666253
97.Toronto Blue Jays8175867997107708744
98.Detroit Lions11170120849897113100120
99.New England Patriots43445131996116217
100.Montreal Canadiens5565382110039636539
101.Brooklyn Nets7666667010137905586
102.San Diego Chargers1004795106102120775690
103.Winnipeg Jets97114744210384977597
104.Ottawa Senators922598116104102795999
105.Washington Capitals949959521057410391107
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
106.Boston Bruins3933283510671212212
107.Toronto Raptors74547174107764658101
108.Chicago Bears7781785810898565349
109.Los Angeles Lakers871187253109607111922
110.Edmonton Oilers1151171028711011811611152
111.Washington Redskins10911610588111112969954
112.Dallas Cowboys107100109921126910811248
113.New York Giants79948234113101712315
114.Chicago Cubs11712110410111488111104113
115.New York Mets118981131191159310511088
116.Boston Red Sox80120635011672483912
117.New York Jets113971109311710510044105
118.New York Yankees86119733711880624615
119.Vancouver Canucks112107837711999102120100
120.New York Rangers7060356912067363549
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
121.New York Knicks12111512211812191122108112
122.Toronto Maple Leafs122122117105122109120113121

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