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 Patriots10294126317317
2.Washington Redskins37763746854327418
3.Cincinnati Bengals19153142313221541
4.Indianapolis Colts4181411696629
5.Pittsburgh Steelers3952242241117
6.Carolina Panthers871881920111325
7.Dallas Cowboys273538243666351411
8.Atlanta Falcons661261036101733
9.Philadelphia Eagles181636174731151836
10.Denver Broncos14242611442324209
11.Tennessee Titans346650452027342240
12.Tampa Bay Buccaneers224028353413172410
13.Kansas City Chiefs264244133816282548
14.Jacksonville Jaguars16361033129202635
15.Miami Dolphins365253204065512747
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Cleveland Browns668370656050773173
17.New York Giants335424106971293223
18.Seattle Seahawks241249234618393649
19.New York Jets637347518186463770
20.Chicago Bears437541475454324337
21.San Diego Chargers453125695779185546
22.San Francisco 49ers819079797080795624
23.Arizona Cardinals866180885990756086
24.Buffalo Bills31342127953476353
25.Baltimore Ravens546485186828636913
26.Detroit Lions696977506145817182
27.St. Louis Rams503857565163487519
28.Green Bay Packers3072149211377915
29.New Orleans Saints916087926585888190
30.Oakland Raiders718274686278698532
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Minnesota Vikings906892707288909064
32.Houston Texans798642637540839172

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