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

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