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.Kansas City Royals25363777112431548
2.Montreal Expos9739912121192058117
3.Memphis Grizzlies381051934385251977
4.San Antonio Spurs1412471182
5.Minnesota Twins5113411165115114322
6.Green Bay Packers324316419518
7.Florida Marlins2414278271034144
8.Edmonton Oilers811657844414441
9.Detroit Pistons41871791832423
10.Oakland Athletics6676211510110318330
11.Indiana Pacers1746517119282946
12.New Orleans Hornets30924701247177470
13.Tennessee Titans74891913112721
14.Minnesota Wild11796141429436
15.Tampa Bay Lightning275021501523233053
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Los Angeles Dodgers644579801635888432
17.Tampa Bay Devil Rays77958010117107601286
18.St. Louis Cardinals184915151837265724
19.Kansas City Chiefs5444419105233
20.Dallas Mavericks2122520371734
21.Anaheim Angels6191118211915511
22.Nashville Predators5662267122145871107
23.Minnesota T'wolves291638292373295268
24.Buffalo Sabres633546542457927299
25.Indianapolis Colts4011399025102303150
26.Atlanta Falcons7026753826869610273
27.Ottawa Senators10617262741513842
28.St. Louis Blues212328162825473969
29.Milwaukee Bucks461561742994405484
30.Pittsburgh Steelers163720133030423629
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Carolina Panthers4211267233140322144
32.Sacramento Kings142514103232165547
33.Denver Nuggets689750633345446898
34.Arizona Diamondbacks9518203417386114
35.Los Angeles Clippers86898411435647146114
36.Utah Jazz26402521363410396
37.Dallas Cowboys36736539377649113
38.Carolina Hurricanes655833683849679085
39.Houston Astros7110455663950539391
40.Houston TexansN/AN/A88406213760
41.Baltimore Ravens22773612411612356
42.Philadelphia 76ers352770244252188558
43.Phoenix Suns555653304359579274
44.Miami Heat7992685844678510894
45.Anaheim Mighty Ducks378231564521462645
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
46.Toronto Blue Jays4728586046101617019
47.Columbus Blue Jackets491131325471657682
48.Calgary Flames521756764870944552
49.New Orleans Saints7833869649879169102
50.Miami Dolphins578573350807311066
51.Buffalo Bills9667766751939912190
52.Philadelphia Phillies583866445281697762
53.Toronto Raptors504145495336836089
54.Jacksonville Jaguars7511589645478757349
55.Denver Broncos1953429552434207
56.Phoenix Coyotes6920478456987062106
57.San Diego Padres627048625738685375
58.Milwaukee Brewers1127510611958668466119
59.Colorado Avalanche12301065915145910
60.Chicago White Sox9951100996010010598105
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
61.Cincinnati Reds10168110111618310311839
62.Detroit Red Wings153453625513785
63.Golden State Warriors949910410963967427113
64.Atlanta Braves334260486442623425
65.Houston Rockets5310093376551592826
66.St. Louis Rams344335526663337518
67.Baltimore Orioles848890916727869964
68.Cincinnati Bengals7410398896872771071
69.Orlando Magic108329411069109109109108
70.Cleveland Indians8771101987046909187
71.Atlanta Thrashers5911763427129361354
72.San Francisco Giants39834027728504156
73.Cleveland Cavaliers82102917373908949100
74.New England Patriots132922327422869
75.Pittsburgh Pirates102106102112752010296103
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
76.Texas Rangers7687737976397967109
77.Tampa Bay Buccaneers321092437731782515
78.Chicago Cubs45784440785561188
79.Seattle Mariners6710932517913458279
80.Seattle Seahawks548052368026664278
81.Vancouver Canucks202212228133243355
82.Philadelphia Eagles23234538262274061
83.San Francisco 49ers72319572831046310117
84.Pittsburgh Penguins91936410684116828740
85.Seattle Sonics604749658595543272
86.Los Angeles Kings488569458628372267
87.Montreal Canadiens73397847877711010327
88.Minnesota Vikings10690108107881131006383
89.Florida Panthers9896749489699811292
90.Los Angeles Lakers31527711905355912
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
91.Chicago Bulls931181038391651079520
92.New York Yankees2859303592432281
93.Colorado Rockies10065105104935610689116
94.Cleveland Browns110841189594791089797
95.Arizona Cardinals1196411911795121117104120
96.Detroit Tigers11311411710896881186565
97.Dallas Stars432143619758647916
98.Detroit Lions1071209788987511250115
99.New York Jets8161818199118764876
100.Oakland Raiders104691111051001088711528
101.Boston Celtics6174544610184524737
102.Philadelphia Flyers4176292810254351659
103.Portland Trail Blazers11555121100103921215681
104.New Jersey Devils446623551041056233
105.San Jose Sharks8363729210560819493
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
106.New Jersey Nets805771103106112398651
107.New York Islanders85725978107111808863
108.Chicago Bears10360109931088910412057
109.Atlanta Hawks1179811511311099113113118
110.San Diego Chargers11894116118111117114114110
111.Washington Capitals10954887511271116119112
112.Washington Wizards10511011387113919764111
113.New York Mets1111071126911411411110038
114.Washington Redskins921088585115689510535
115.New York Rangers114119107861167412011143
116.Boston Bruins8981839711797488080
117.Toronto Maple Leafs8886875911861938195
118.New York Knicks11611611410211982115117104
119.Boston Red Sox9511182311204872116101
120.Chicago Blackhawks120101120120121120119106121

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