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.Seattle Seahawks331156913358
2.Carolina Panthers26458625678435157
3.Denver Broncos17553197357274330
4.San Francisco 49ers27107636865919826
5.Cincinnati Bengals9915118110911108895110
6.Indianapolis Colts131925573617152119
7.New Orleans Saints14292224383813410
8.Kansas City Chiefs563079477049652486
9.Arizona Cardinals584085685763542773
10.New England Patriots43445131996116217
11.San Diego Chargers1004795106102120775690
12.Miami Dolphins10853121999411111210790
13.Green Bay Packers855742039252
14.Tennessee Titans10461108102781031068398
15.Baltimore Ravens36635711483326195
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Philadelphia Eagles696777559389582977
17.Buffalo Bills82689296121068677102
18.Pittsburgh Steelers3869377495630368
19.Detroit Lions11170120849897113100120
20.St. Louis Rams88739611374116843240
21.Chicago Bears7781785810898565349
22.Atlanta Falcons678267336695696070
23.Minnesota Vikings1038410185881137967102
24.Tampa Bay Buccaneers8492100827986954137
25.New York Giants79948234113101712315
26.Cleveland Browns110951151117210410496111
27.New York Jets113971109311710510044105
28.Dallas Cowboys107100109921126910811248
29.Houston Texans7210848388955577769
30.Oakland Raiders1191091111158312111410956
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Jacksonville Jaguars441132428219471260
32.Washington Redskins10911610588111112969954

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