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.New England Patriots41127587111
2.Indianapolis Colts32625127031326
3.Pittsburgh Steelers9228324164316
4.Carolina Panthers124724617175219
5.Philadelphia Eagles631211503310535
6.Tennessee Titans193919342526141536
7.Green Bay Packers820327117449
8.Baltimore Ravens2263479421520228
9.San Diego Chargers372929675480262845
10.Atlanta Falcons7617101537271831
11.Buffalo Bills15191315653293743
12.Jacksonville Jaguars287725281940302337
13.New York Jets414537397886312159
14.Houston TexansN/AN/A1112435355744
15.Kansas City Chiefs242334215525432948
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Cincinnati Bengals437554604747461155
17.Tampa Bay Buccaneers362161567332505310
18.Denver Broncos26304418563951347
19.Miami Dolphins553668324664538951
20.Washington Redskins608760499060541022
21.Chicago Bears698471588361634946
22.St. Louis Rams666259516263649018
23.Dallas Cowboys395656434968651914
24.Seattle Seahawks595864366829756268
25.Detroit Lions728550477449775085
26.New York Giants717166358674786625
27.Minnesota Vikings814984807287797870
28.Arizona Cardinals825481886192805583
29.Oakland Raiders848087737681818830
30.San Francisco 49ers897088908990889128
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.New Orleans Saints872790875977918586
32.Cleveland Browns907491788565929284

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