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.Philadelphia Eagles23234538262274061
2.Miami Dolphins578573350807311066
3.Tampa Bay Buccaneers321092437731782515
4.Indianapolis Colts4011399025102303150
5.Green Bay Packers324316419518
6.Atlanta Falcons7026753826869610273
7.New England Patriots132922327422869
8.San Francisco 49ers72319572831046310117
9.New Orleans Saints7833869649879169102
10.Pittsburgh Steelers163720133030423629
11.St. Louis Rams344335526663337518
12.Kansas City Chiefs5444419105233
13.Tennessee Titans74891913112721
14.Denver Broncos1953429552434207
15.Chicago Bears10360109931088910412057
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.New York Jets8161818199118764876
17.Arizona Cardinals1196411911795121117104120
18.Buffalo Bills9667766751939912190
19.Oakland Raiders104691111051001088711528
20.Dallas Cowboys36736539377649113
21.Baltimore Ravens22773612411612356
22.Seattle Seahawks548052368026664278
23.Cleveland Browns110841189594791089797
24.Minnesota Vikings10690108107881131006383
25.San Diego Chargers11894116118111117114114110
26.Cincinnati Bengals7410398896872771071
27.Washington Redskins921088585115689510535
28.Carolina Panthers4211267233140322144
29.Jacksonville Jaguars7511589645478757349
30.Detroit Lions1071209788987511250115
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Houston TexansN/AN/A88406213760

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