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.Indianapolis Colts1381125668915
2.Green Bay Packers423221215199
3.Jacksonville Jaguars948034251221147
4.New England Patriots111218129135112
5.Seattle Seahawks18182214564452255
6.Pittsburgh Steelers2543239435515426
7.San Diego Chargers3414687160105177954
8.Dallas Cowboys463582377985577626
9.New York Giants4840611910099485531
10.Tennessee Titans5036107663764561857
11.New Orleans Saints5327641033491773791
12.Houston Texans567854297114623472
13.Buffalo Bills5739661009945386107
14.Cleveland Browns645679605071607285
15.Philadelphia Eagles6644626710180666495
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Tampa Bay Buccaneers6810063578319445717
17.Denver Broncos726796408561914021
18.Baltimore Ravens76621053075297811823
19.Carolina Panthers7842935380861028368
20.Chicago Bears81501027710882857150
21.Arizona Cardinals84668610633458046116
22.Washington Redskins92104706311892656240
23.Kansas City Chiefs101901048210974104107113
24.San Francisco 49ers1029498112103118999735
25.New York Jets1059789961161219273112
26.Miami Dolphins1081199973969710611584
27.Minnesota Vikings1108311610192120101113106
28.St. Louis Rams11111110910911111410912032
29.Cincinnati Bengals115721211059488114102111
30.Oakland Raiders117121114116771151127860
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Atlanta Falcons1191021197495106119122103
32.Detroit Lions12010311811311590121105122

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