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

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