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

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