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


Click on table headings to sort by category.

TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
1.Green Bay Packers11032141096
2.Montreal Expos77310512121195769116
3.Atlanta Falcons23481620349366538
4.Minnesota Twins382240107411233412
5.Oakland Athletics1113893510088018
6.Minnesota WildN/AN/A25614350
7.Kansas City Royals836110111474310210284
8.Edmonton Oilers981439836393535
9.Detroit Pistons13381527929121121
10.Indiana Pacers12342161010176643
11.Memphis Grizzlies739452651189714598
12.Dallas Mavericks5251412321340
13.St. Louis Cardinals1759781319152922
14.Buffalo Bills4770354114704810351
15.Miami Dolphins6518161540224641
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Tampa Bay Lightning7911357751635606791
17.Sacramento Kings41543171472129
18.Tennessee Titans256012351817231031
19.San Antonio Spurs36891913257110
20.Anaheim Angels101320462022111
21.Houston TexansN/AN/A57215213149
22.Tampa Bay Buccaneers2049232322129535
23.Kansas City Chiefs288125142315351148
24.Pittsburgh Steelers151727152438522933
25.Carolina Hurricanes183010342511203747
26.Arizona Diamondbacks24191326924491
27.New Orleans Hornets34774972784503973
28.Orlando Magic445839552885546058
29.St. Louis Blues212722172926334176
30.Indianapolis Colts5036598430103372256
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Minnesota Timberwolves291847603173417192
32.Nashville Predators7487418732206895114
33.Pittsburgh Penguins5367304533104518430
34.Detroit Red Wings8146134335553
35.Los Angeles Dodgers564581793551916134
36.Houston Rockets6110733283690321528
37.Jacksonville Jaguars709942513756648362
38.Calgary Flames7628809138939512072
39.Houston Astros7210153563930439289
40.Cincinnati Reds936310910840949311439
41.Utah Jazz3535613341535333103
42.Colorado Avalanche141624224225346315
43.San Diego Padres594372764388765277
44.Philadelphia Eagles721710441116442
45.Milwaukee Bucks5899057458310810394
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
46.Dallas Stars225211114618194710
47.San Francisco 49ers313150384787296713
48.Oakland Raiders332437704895185125
49.Milwaukee Brewers107851151124966118113120
50.Ottawa Senators261132495047455658
51.Philadelphia 76ers24206626512831652
52.New England Patriots1640131252241666
53.Baltimore Ravens1932261953163088
54.Columbus Blue JacketsN/AN/A921542449078
55.Atlanta Braves396567595539473217
56.Phoenix Suns625179645657739483
57.Montreal Canadiens4954484357637510123
58.Miami Heat607146535861922493
59.New Orleans Saints482668825978591769
60.St. Louis Rams413945586067669814
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
61.Los Angeles Clippers1059810711761717096112
62.Carolina Panthers991151125462681015468
63.Phoenix Coyotes6337656163115794186
64.Cleveland Browns649162296462622066
65.Philadelphia Phillies7162837165118633555
66.Dallas Cowboys94106887466867211819
67.Toronto Raptors5423645067278811087
68.Denver Broncos324158256846674915
69.Anaheim Mighty Ducks7510251736945567088
70.Denver Nuggets8476939270508092113
71.Seattle Sonics556656627172492680
72.Florida Marlins1004497118721206911146
73.Florida Panthers8610586907354815364
74.New York Islanders576936427499655957
75.Washington Wizards91112736975757875108
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
76.Chicago White Sox85469998761019499102
77.San Francisco Giants51797032777556245
78.San Diego Chargers8097698978108461562
79.Pittsburgh Pirates971039581792110710685
80.Texas Rangers9610891868042897997
81.Vancouver Canucks305328368148272370
82.Buffalo Sabres9021106115827711596107
83.Golden State Warriors103110949683968764104
84.Chicago Cubs829384858489741106
85.Chicago Bulls104117981048574997420
86.Toronto Blue Jays6942897786102908727
87.Seattle Mariners365531408762610060
88.Boston Celtics426444678859281937
89.Cleveland Indians92759611189318410789
90.Chicago Bears9588928890918210953
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
91.San Jose Sharks462954639132619165
92.Baltimore Orioles989010310392341047673
93.Atlanta Thrashers11311887959369110114105
94.New York Yankees2756292494371424
95.Minnesota Vikings10280108100951141057381
96.Tampa Bay Devil Rays1141091111139611711439111
97.New York Jets5247493197113422561
98.New Jersey Nets6684555298109133854
99.Seattle Seahawks7877857299559885100
100.Arizona Cardinals1127811711910012110341118
101.Cleveland Cavaliers10686116109101106106105110
102.Washington Capitals685743301024111211299
103.Los Angeles Kings4574344710323381771
104.New York Giants4319823710498777723
105.Los Angeles Lakers375060181056074149
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
106.New Jersey Devils4012637810611040565
107.New York Mets8883102681071071007831
108.Colorado Rockies101731101061085211182115
109.Detroit Tigers116111119105109811208175
110.Detroit Lions11510011310111079113121119
111.Washington Redskins87104768011158858626
112.Portland Trail Blazers11033121110112921218996
113.Philadelphia Flyers6768756611364864766
114.Atlanta Hawks111961009411497109117117
115.Chicago Blackhawks108891141161151059626108
116.Cincinnati Bengals118116120120116116119119121
117.Toronto Maple Leafs6572714811744585881
118.Boston Bruins81827710211880112879
119.Boston Red Sox89927844119658388101
120.New York Rangers109114104831207611610844
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
121.New York Knicks11795118991218211711695

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