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

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