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

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