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.Atlanta Falcons23481620349366538
3.Buffalo Bills4770354114704810351
4.Miami Dolphins6518161540224641
5.Tennessee Titans256012351817231031
6.Houston TexansN/AN/A57215213149
7.Tampa Bay Buccaneers2049232322129535
8.Kansas City Chiefs288125142315351148
9.Pittsburgh Steelers151727152438522933
10.Indianapolis Colts5036598430103372256
11.Jacksonville Jaguars709942513756648362
12.Philadelphia Eagles721710441116442
13.San Francisco 49ers313150384787296713
14.Oakland Raiders332437704895185125
15.New England Patriots1640131252241666
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Baltimore Ravens1932261953163088
17.New Orleans Saints482668825978591769
18.St. Louis Rams413945586067669814
19.Carolina Panthers991151125462681015468
20.Cleveland Browns649162296462622066
21.Dallas Cowboys94106887466867211819
22.Denver Broncos324158256846674915
23.San Diego Chargers8097698978108461562
24.Chicago Bears9588928890918210953
25.Minnesota Vikings10280108100951141057381
26.New York Jets5247493197113422561
27.Seattle Seahawks7877857299559885100
28.Arizona Cardinals1127811711910012110341118
29.New York Giants4319823710498777723
30.Detroit Lions11510011310111079113121119
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Washington Redskins87104768011158858626
32.Cincinnati Bengals118116120120116116119119121

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