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.Pittsburgh Steelers391423626244
2.Indianapolis Colts14171616611966110
3.Green Bay Packers13201829221255621
4.New England Patriots194120289633716
5.Houston Texans394825376720395467
6.Seattle Seahawks40654023718316354
7.Baltimore Ravens295143186627182518
8.Philadelphia Eagles443945698074325368
9.Atlanta Falcons435749405290281859
10.Tennessee Titans1555146446127346
11.New Orleans Saints525053755380503974
12.Miami Dolphins619257526887403061
13.Carolina Panthers281959126358485145
14.Arizona Cardinals331465826024411156
15.Tampa Bay Buccaneers7376718910035728816
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.San Diego Chargers6542757778107359062
17.Chicago Bears698779459378596444
18.New York Jets1031078178115113684591
19.Washington Redskins9274829411899707657
20.San Francisco 49ers8796839784115741738
21.New York Giants452690211089734229
22.Denver Broncos7578927081476710628
23.Minnesota Vikings89469787821175411183
24.St. Louis Rams112122108104901111106934
25.Kansas City Chiefs106121109688853957982
26.Dallas Cowboys763111067107438711331
27.Jacksonville Jaguars6222111741891834569
28.Oakland Raiders116112116114891181119671
29.Buffalo Bills9144117103710282115101
30.Detroit Lions1191181181071069411988121
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Cleveland Browns11453119110959812098115
32.Cincinnati Bengals1181061221139910011884107

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