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

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