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.St. Louis Cardinals195810933611491
2.San Francisco Giants329081095171410
3.Boston Red Sox80120635011672483912
4.New York Yankees86119733711880624615
5.Chicago White Sox579348464064648122
6.Philadelphia Phillies8311287599222999329
7.Los Angeles Angels153916481121223731
8.Oakland Athletics5034341201311951636
9.Miami Marlins9687991226768528438
10.Arizona Diamondbacks301156831854758641
11.Atlanta Braves451454804179679242
12.Los Angeles Dodgers614891277646948243
13.Toronto Blue Jays8175867997107708744
14.Detroit Tigers37523683734447346
15.Minnesota Twins62916081529738051
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Cincinnati Reds282038232231769055
17.Tampa Bay Rays35184089992491957
18.Washington Nationals517247456144317959
19.Baltimore Orioles423264863116371365
20.Texas Rangers546450713430554766
21.Milwaukee Brewers232242221510426482
22.Pittsburgh Pirates22745100108383482
23.Houston Astros95106103946470607685
24.New York Mets118981131191159310511088
25.Kansas City Royals71439011229298311489
26.Cleveland Indians4613619525465317108
27.Chicago Cubs11712110410111488111104113
28.Seattle Mariners90768810382249371114
29.Colorado Rockies91799710846368197118
30.San Diego Padres106161141178151119106119

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