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

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