The Mag's Ultimate Standings 2013

SINCE LAUNCHING the Ultimate Standings 10 years ago, we've stuck to our tried-and-true four-step approach to ranking every MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL team. First, with the help of Chicago consulting firm Maddock Douglas, we surveyed 1,011 sports fans across North America in the spring to determine what they want most in return for the emotion, money and time they invest in their favorite clubs. Our poll covered 25 topics, from "has likable players" to "provides an avenue for fans to give feedback to the franchise."

Next, through ESPN.com and NetReflector, a Seattle opinion research company, we asked fans to rate their favorite teams online in each category. (Thanks to the 59,298 of you who responded!) We grouped the grades into seven of the eight subjects you see at right.

For the remaining category, bang for the buck, we relied on calculations we've developed with researchers at the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center to figure out how efficiently teams convert revenues from fans into performance on the field (including postseason victories).

Finally, we combined each team's score across all eight categories into a weighted average, based on the results of our national poll. Since fans said affordability was about 40 percent more important than stadium experience, for example, our formula reflects that.

The result: the 2013 Ultimate Standings, the only rankings that combine fan perspectives with an objective measure of how well teams turn dollars into wins. Ultimately, it all counts.

Title track: 3.6 percent
Championships won or expected within the lifetime of current fans.
1. Baltimore Ravens
122. Milwaukee Bucks

Ownership: 10.2 percent
Honesty and loyalty to core players and to the community.
1. San Antonio Spurs
122. Miami Marlins

Coaching: 3.1 percent
Strength of on-field leadership.
1. San Antonio Spurs
122. Charlotte Bobcats

Players: 11.3 percent
Effort on the field, likability off it.
1. San Antonio Spurs
122. Sacramento Kings

Fan relations: 25.2 percent
Courtesy of players, coaches and front offices toward fans and how well a team uses technology to reach them.
1. San Antonio Spurs
122. Sacramento Kings

Affordability: 17.4 percent
Price of tickets, parking and concessions.
1.Indiana Pacers
122. Toronto Maple Leafs

Stadium experience: 12.4 percent
Quality of venue, fan-friendliness of environment, frequency of game-day promotions.
1. San Francisco Giants
122. Sacramento Kings

Bang for the buck: 16.8 percent
1. Indiana Pacers
122. Toronto Maple Leafs


Click on table headings to sort by category.

TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
1.New England Patriots384930441035614110
2.San Antonio Spurs527125261212
3.Los Angeles Lakers56814591094756315
4.Pittsburgh Steelers7848342381234
5.New Orleans Saints32742255013513
6.Pittsburgh Penguins103634394251
7.Chicago Bulls2663122262212725
8.Los Angeles Angels49143711028819
9.Detroit Red Wings1743213284681
10.New York Jets76541055311395481067
11.Denver Nuggets424270514842411165
12.Buffalo Sabres11101825652491263
13.Boston Celtics406038387965311321
14.Nashville Predators1833641723161470
15.Atlanta Falcons20740206092341557
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Philadelphia Flyers415532127859401553
17.Baltimore Orioles676984904611791779
18.Philadelphia Phillies24689114067184
19.Philadelphia 76ers587156623386601985
20.Tampa Bay Rays25551862111442050
21.Chicago Blackhawks365635188820322110
22.Tampa Bay Lightning23881227202123
23.Colorado Rockies824152110782345
24.Boston Red Sox79120412711637392416
25.Portland Trail Blazers315017464317172561
26.Green Bay Packers141051715261
27.Oklahoma City Thunder61242336242743
28.San Jose Sharks1319117479332852
29.Phoenix Coyotes28650114858362995
30.Minnesota Twins39911636343153042
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Vancouver Canucks4346221311145193055
32.San Francisco Giants3272201569210326
33.Chicago White Sox5711437305875373321
34.St. Louis Cardinals341032643411530348
35.Baltimore Ravens212344105935183524
36.Orlando Magic16162831305463656
37.Arizona Cardinals715985957160823783
38.Seattle Seahawks617459488713693764
39.Tampa Bay Buccaneers5957104777640543927
40.Houston Rockets375231475661224047
41.Texas Rangers1228212892894145
42.Anaheim Ducks233919263539234120
43.Washington Capitals27411367432244351
44.San Diego Padres5417729949416744107
45.Arizona Diamondbacks331469761867974534
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
46.New Orleans Hornets3511461001580454697
47.New York Giants8190813411590684716
48.St. Louis Rams8337688072107654837
49.Cleveland Cavaliers658653524543804987
50.Memphis Grizzlies9149701318265093
51.Detroit Lions9410595788377885198
52.New York Yankees7511042391195435526
53.Kansas City Chiefs474560356830505369
54.Cincinnati Reds152927171144215439
55.Detroit Tigers528382162225575444
56.New York Rangers8598677411869525648
57.Philadelphia Eagles512080679079515773
58.Atlanta Braves193024452455255829
59.Edmonton Oilers95121576592116845940
60.San Francisco 49ers90859198102117856038
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
61.Dallas Mavericks293225143829436171
62.Toronto Blue Jays6384586055108536241
63.Phoenix Suns8070649677835563101
64.Miami Heat447529248063296431
65.Charlotte Bobcats66319097297110065106
66.Montreal Canadiens68109343310622646634
67.Milwaukee Bucks936788835310911267113
68.Milwaukee Brewers3040332948386878
69.New Jersey Nets1001167410337104996996
70.Los Angeles Kings555339557053427077
71.Dallas Cowboys10211110966112341077136
72.Kansas City Royals6047761041412837275
73.Pittsburgh Pirates7018102119201410272112
74.Washington Redskins1211121211121211121187462
75.Cleveland Indians5315781092746617599
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
76.Los Angeles Dodgers999310110810197967660
77.Calgary Flames7394434089101777758
78.Minnesota Vikings1064811292961219578102
79.Chicago Bears7461835810893717949
80.New Jersey Devils507936496648478013
81.St. Louis Blues497847642872628189
82.Chicago Cubs11211999631103311182116
83.Washington Nationals788773734466758391
84.Boston Bruins7251627110787598476
85.Carolina Hurricanes22385322324278518
86.Columbus Blue Jackets87667784615111486114
87.Indianapolis Colts14212319511611878
88.Denver Broncos8610797579574928832
89.Jacksonville Jaguars452563611682738974
90.Carolina Panthers9711394759189899068
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
91.New York Islanders1141189211681122669186
92.Oakland Raiders10462113107851191039259
93.Houston Astros8810175856757949392
94.Buffalo Bills107991061061910610894109
95.Indiana Pacers482671592136789588
96.New York Knicks109117869112064819672
97.Florida Marlins69349611331115749728
98.New York Mets117104118105117881159781
99.Miami Dolphins1017310882971051049990
100.Utah Jazz6244545650708710094
101.Seattle Mariners10882111888431116101111
102.Sacramento Kings1191081191219411898102119
103.Atlanta Thrashers1156510712299102110103120
104.Tennessee Titans987611687649910610482
105.Golden State Warriors89808781829691105108
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
106.Washington Wizards110891176873103117106104
107.Los Angeles Clippers10510298118657372107105
108.Cleveland Browns91928979759190108103
109.Colorado Avalanche6464557298767610929
110.Oakland Athletics845879117261205811054
111.Toronto Maple Leafs12012210394122100105111110
112.San Diego Chargers96351101101041138611280
113.Houston Texans7777655493497011384
114.Cincinnati Bengals12295122120114110122114122
115.Dallas Stars4622669352686311526
116.Toronto Raptors11610610010210581113116115
117.Ottawa Senators8288525063859311766
118.Atlanta Hawks103131141018698120118118
119.Minnesota Wild929761691001910111999
120.Florida Panthers111100931155494109120117
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
121.Minnesota Timberwolves11811511511136114119121121
122.Detroit Pistons1139612089577812112233

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