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 Packers2381185192257014
2.Seattle Seahawks1373916568442151
3.Baltimore Ravens324072116119284118
4.Denver Broncos243137106028311512
5.Tampa Bay Buccaneers7210263729630718015
6.Pittsburgh Steelers916163333110606
7.New England Patriots3149194610734357
8.Houston Texans9311175641043810272102
9.Kansas City Chiefs665576359140736284
10.Philadelphia Eagles494549449062394071
11.Chicago Bears502689459564362036
12.Tennessee Titans627994703966471147
13.Carolina Panthers372160298068633348
14.Jacksonville Jaguars25861541669614256
15.Arizona Cardinals97969710863709486109
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Cincinnati Bengals102441217475741005161
17.New Orleans Saints425236100257930863
18.Miami Dolphins7366713787846810674
19.Indianapolis Colts4231428862311
20.Cleveland Browns1161081161017887118108113
21.Detroit Lions12211612011711789122102122
22.Dallas Cowboys8263104598491849125
23.Buffalo Bills56397383693767183
24.Washington Redskins1081001038912095983242
25.St. Louis Rams817785798898837427
26.Atlanta Falcons106501144798991149682
27.New York Giants101721093011310211111239
28.San Diego Chargers5914928686106225757
29.New York Jets79875866106115452481
30.Oakland Raiders1211191181199711612111854
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.San Francisco 49ers1001128811092119673630
32.Minnesota Vikings11984119106111122117116110

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