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

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