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

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