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.Detroit Red Wings410115782361
2.San Antonio Spurs9372313504114
3.Pittsburgh Penguins88343210394221
4.Cleveland Cavaliers51546301412337
5.Chicago Blackhawks2168593717132453
6.Carolina Hurricanes2361010415374
7.Portland Trail Blazers25717245428113140
8.Los Angeles Angels168115161451
9.Columbus Blue Jackets316493129951873
10.St. Louis Blues1013107645213562
11.Washington Capitals6111153115121047
12.Minnesota Twins23431258411451433
13.Anaheim Ducks112413263325161911
14.Pittsburgh Steelers391423626244
15.Nashville Predators375915611630363985
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Indianapolis Colts14171616611966110
17.Milwaukee Brewers77171433195775
18.Green Bay Packers13201829221255621
19.Tampa Bay Rays162119481106232535
20.New England Patriots194120289633716
21.St. Louis Cardinals268321383913881
22.Philadelphia Phillies24692232271010366
23.San Jose Sharks321223257421894179
24.New Jersey Devils387524307918334412
25.Houston Texans394825376720395467
26.Boston Celtics203326177565173412
27.Philadelphia Flyers54772788748477969
28.Detroit Tigers358128202034443336
29.Boston Red Sox5810929131162922156
30.Minnesota Wild661013059772649277
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Chicago White Sox4710531424077422121
32.New Orleans Hornets12132811141586576
33.Houston Rockets171633275949203743
34.Orlando Magic18434352393435560
35.Boston Bruins567235719783261966
36.Calgary Flames6067361510189658550
37.Miami Heat5511037363562387124
38.Oklahoma City Thunder571033865886244886
39.Dallas Stars222539415540304324
40.Seattle Seahawks40654023718316354
41.Vancouver Canucks7990414911975564880
42.Atlanta Braves273442542159461532
43.Baltimore Ravens295143186627182518
44.Ottawa Senators535244226967846057
45.Philadelphia Eagles443945698074325368
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
46.Colorado Avalanche74554663114687911716
47.Los Angeles Lakers516347191134261719
48.Texas Rangers4832488034462982105
49.Atlanta Falcons435749405290281859
50.Kansas City Royals4260507325537065
51.Tennessee Titans1555146446127346
52.Dallas Mavericks465852334323576172
53.New Orleans Saints525053755380503974
54.Toronto Blue Jays3418546226108551241
55.Chicago Cubs78111555110411622597
56.Charlotte Bobcats594756904564602889
57.Miami Dolphins619257526887403061
58.Cincinnati Reds362858571460527352
59.Carolina Panthers281959126358485145
60.Utah Jazz492360345669962992
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
61.Tampa Bay Lightning8593611065073938629
62.Memphis Grizzlies71806293971807778
63.Houston Astros688663554131669186
64.Los Angeles Kings95113649610576757296
65.Arizona Cardinals331465826024411156
66.Buffalo Sabres6330669512551043299
67.Chicago Bulls709867538351639929
68.Arizona Diamondbacks302687919399011520
69.San Francisco Giants841046966947699388
70.Cleveland Indians67407084423876101108
71.Tampa Bay Buccaneers7376718910035728816
72.Florida Marlins77547211124120456815
73.New York Mets82100734711252786649
74.Los Angeles Dodgers508274436237371341
75.San Diego Chargers6542757778107359062
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
76.Edmonton Oilers10291765610210911511851
77.New York Rangers93977783117661004548
78.Seattle Mariners8385787673129166104
79.Chicago Bears698779459378596444
80.Phoenix Suns866180918688888790
81.New York Jets1031078178115113684591
82.Washington Redskins9274829411899707657
83.San Francisco 49ers8796839784115741738
84.Denver Nuggets412984393836495264
85.Colorado Rockies72388510548447110384
86.Florida Panthers90898610047819259103
87.Sacramento Kings11710887115110112117121101
88.New Jersey Nets111998812165119102108100
89.Oakland Athletics1018489119171217311055
90.New York Giants452690211089734229
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
91.Phoenix Coyotes88359112228728597117
92.Denver Broncos7578927081476710628
93.Detroit Pistons64369344255410711426
94.New York Islanders11511594118851229710093
95.Toronto Raptors10579958611192114104111
96.Baltimore Orioles817396984932777781
97.Minnesota Vikings89469787821175411183
98.Atlanta Thrashers108949812091859981114
99.Washington Nationals97114998851578674106
100.Atlanta Hawks8027100854656101102110
101.New York Yankees1071191016412184818326
102.Pittsburgh Pirates9445102117156106112117
103.Philadelphia 76ers994910372709610912094
104.Milwaukee Bucks110951041027611611674116
105.Washington Wizards986210560981041039498
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
106.Minnesota Timberwolves11310210610864110113119120
107.San Diego Padres104561071019263105109109
108.St. Louis Rams112122108104901111106934
109.Kansas City Chiefs106121109688853957982
110.Dallas Cowboys763111067107438711331
111.Jacksonville Jaguars6222111741891834569
112.Toronto Maple Leafs1201201129912210110858113
113.Montreal Canadiens10088113501092211210739
114.Indiana Pacers967011492587094104111
115.Golden State Warriors109661151121031059894122
116.Oakland Raiders116112116114891181119671
117.Buffalo Bills9144117103710282115101
118.Detroit Lions1191181181071069411988121
119.Cleveland Browns11453119110959812098115
120.New York Knicks121117120109120791215095
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
121.Los Angeles Clippers1221161211167295122122119
122.Cincinnati Bengals1181061221139910011884107

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