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, 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.

Price of tickets, parking and concessions
1. Grizzlies
122. Maple Leafs

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

Honesty; loyalty to core players and the community
1. Spurs
122. Marlins

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.

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


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