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

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