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.New Orleans Saints145331844723
2.Indianapolis Colts48693983463
3.Green Bay Packers940108112125116
4.Arizona Cardinals1994466361833750
5.Baltimore Ravens20433453819132718
6.Pittsburgh Steelers2824984403438363
7.Houston Texans324821234915286258
8.Atlanta Falcons363942174195421753
9.Tennessee Titans373061623372481461
10.Carolina Panthers392062415074606151
11.New England Patriots468030321004243611
12.New York Jets505674481026027457
13.Philadelphia Eagles521965799380585779
14.Miami Dolphins585087546192573156
15.Minnesota Vikings5912776756118358871
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.New York Giants667379211107165379
17.Dallas Cowboys679164429911518622
18.Jacksonville Jaguars71618070693847480
19.San Francisco 49ers7766728586116591232
20.Denver Broncos807199727663889128
21.San Diego Chargers8134968487110718770
22.Seattle Seahawks8310281457813906362
23.Chicago Bears8688916810589819348
24.Cincinnati Bengals9059118898090826086
25.Kansas City Chiefs9511889617952937583
26.Tampa Bay Buccaneers9910010310697549810430
27.Buffalo Bills101571151107107106111107
28.Washington Redskins105103107941181051044344
29.Cleveland Browns108921141028410010797102
30.Detroit Lions11212010696928511058111
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.St. Louis Rams114121110114891141087137
32.Oakland Raiders115931191179412011610467

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