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

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