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.Los Angeles Kings526265812232
2.Detroit Red Wings20563226871265
3.Colorado Avalanche16123239604224725
4.Chicago Blackhawks103843857482
5.Phoenix Coyotes41363175566511884
6.Boston Bruins3933283510671212212
7.Dallas Stars123515262128232634
8.St. Louis Blues11179171635342874
9.Tampa Bay Lightning621201845333126
10.New York Rangers7060356912067363549
11.Anaheim Ducks22612723184112
12.San Jose Sharks313117204526774775
13.Columbus Blue Jackets212323541714324979
14.Philadelphia Flyers608333499053505171
15.Buffalo Sabres75104436324621105796
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Ottawa Senators922598116104102795999
17.Minnesota Wild24511215394176161
18.Calgary Flames89101846696114666253
19.Montreal Canadiens5565382110039636539
20.New Jersey Devils477826605040387019
21.Nashville Predators40801843620297276
22.Winnipeg Jets97114744210384977597
23.Washington Capitals949959521057410391107
24.Edmonton Oilers1151171028711011811611152
25.Toronto Maple Leafs122122117105122109120113121
26.Pittsburgh Penguins2524191462155911521
27.Carolina Hurricanes63574473434810911733
28.New York Islanders11696107121771228911893
29.Vancouver Canucks112107837711999102120100
30.Florida Panthers102105621093081101122116

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