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.Los Angeles Angels37163511715118
2.New Orleans Saints145331844723
3.San Antonio Spurs7443217354310
4.New York Jets505674481026027457
5.Detroit Red Wings832213288643
6.New England Patriots468030321004243611
7.Arizona Cardinals1994466361833750
8.Atlanta Braves15183337235034829
9.Los Angeles Lakers516851141153955916
10.Utah Jazz271538203749691075
11.Minnesota Twins147442412121135
12.San Francisco 49ers7766728586116591232
13.Charlotte Bobcats402860712965541397
14.Tennessee Titans373061623372481461
15.Philadelphia Phillies17757122851151
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.St. Louis Cardinals2270141130108153
17.Atlanta Falcons363942174195421753
18.Orlando Magic2113182296201833
19.Los Angeles Dodgers727278829670661942
20.Chicago Blackhawks16233575814102045
21.Phoenix Coyotes183291051437212085
22.Washington Capitals11111565426222246
23.Boston Red Sox74113371911741442312
24.Tampa Bay Rays6217583106192443
25.Pittsburgh Penguins5221327695243
26.Buffalo Sabres421746651561922698
27.Colorado Rockies132525571012182749
28.Baltimore Ravens20433453819132718
29.Denver Nuggets532997406956772966
30.Milwaukee Bucks6955547643108493096
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Miami Dolphins585087546192573156
32.Portland Trail Blazers386318517128163254
33.Detroit Tigers333867291922533341
34.Oklahoma City Thunder2553124396693451
35.Houston Rockets304228387346173538
36.Pittsburgh Steelers2824984403438363
37.Nashville Predators2946859427403790
38.New York Giants667379211107165379
39.New York Yankees629827161192014392
40.San Jose Sharks121011134816464065
41.Seattle Mariners55785547514504184
42.Ottawa Senators496243316377644273
43.Washington Redskins105103107941181051044344
44.Vancouver Canucks6469362211357414476
45.Chicago White Sox7311049525382684522
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
46.Indianapolis Colts48693983463
47.Anaheim Ducks23479282531264715
48.Phoenix Suns475439697775234876
49.Philadelphia Flyers607653268359564962
50.Colorado Avalanche355122399048245021
51.Green Bay Packers940108112125116
52.Boston Bruins7665477810694615278
53.Dallas Mavericks243320104225255355
54.Boston Celtics6858763610886765324
55.Los Angeles Kings456423537040315574
56.Chicago Cubs1001198449114239456106
57.Philadelphia Eagles521965799380585779
58.Detroit Lions11212010696928511058111
59.Cleveland Cavaliers10626156632115940
60.Cincinnati Bengals9059118898090826086
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
61.Carolina Panthers392062415074606151
62.Houston Texans324821234915286258
63.Seattle Seahawks8310281457813906362
64.Sacramento Kings97114599181113676495
65.Toronto Blue Jays9281959260111976560
66.Edmonton Oilers111117105801041151136662
67.San Francisco Giants61834844687326672
68.Miami Heat639063305547526814
69.Carolina Hurricanes212719462629306925
70.Memphis Grizzlies75218310165368770104
71.St. Louis Rams114121110114891141087137
72.Atlanta Hawks443552644758477281
73.New York Islanders1031077111288122727387
74.Jacksonville Jaguars71618070693847480
75.Kansas City Chiefs9511889617952937583
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
76.St. Louis Blues412641343484707692
77.San Diego Padres5658210352437977109
78.Florida Marlins6545579931117297813
79.Minnesota Wild781053260853747988
80.New Jersey Devils344924257224457918
81.Calgary Flames8789705598104958169
82.Montreal Canadiens84108685010930808239
83.Milwaukee Brewers3141312726368389
84.New York Knicks1191151201081217912084100
85.Toronto Maple Leafs1211221099512210210985112
86.Dallas Cowboys679164429911518622
87.San Diego Chargers8134968487110718770
88.Minnesota Vikings5912776756118358871
89.Arizona Diamondbacks261440561362638826
90.Florida Panthers10686101116359711590112
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
91.Denver Broncos807199727663889128
92.New York Rangers1041099397120831029258
93.Washington Nationals94104858764688393105
94.Chicago Bears8688916810589819348
95.Cleveland Indians91878810944457595108
96.Cincinnati Reds431673632476789667
97.Cleveland Browns108921141028410010797102
98.Texas Rangers483769732051399893
99.Houston Astros8810666756238919991
100.Dallas Stars5760457757646210031
101.Oakland Athletics79675811581213710147
102.Kansas City Royals897990104162199102101
103.Washington Wizards1209512290111103121103110
104.Tampa Bay Buccaneers9910010310697549810430
105.Oakland Raiders115931191179412011610467
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
106.Golden State Warriors1109911111810310196106117
107.Pittsburgh Pirates8231941195989107114
108.Minnesota Timberwolves11611111611146112118108122
109.Chicago Bulls85968674101787310934
110.New Orleans Hornets5413508621918511094
111.Buffalo Bills101571151107107106111107
112.Detroit Pistons93949281747311111227
113.Baltimore Orioles102971001135933100113103
114.Toronto Raptors1138210810011298117114121
115.New York Mets107101102881168110311582
116.Indiana Pacers9836112986753112116117
117.Columbus Blue Jackets967775937555101117116
118.Atlanta Thrashers109841041209587105118115
119.Tampa Bay Lightning7052568345678611936
120.New Jersey Nets1181161131218211911412099
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
121.Los Angeles Clippers1221121211229199122121119
122.Philadelphia 76ers11785117107107109119122119

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