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

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