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.San Antonio Spurs31311428117
2.Oklahoma City Thunder172851622239
3.Green Bay Packers2633151492
4.Tampa Bay Lightning72749149241823
5.Detroit Red Wings3057526010319137
6.Pittsburgh Penguins194066701218347
7.Chicago Bulls245571968265728
8.Dallas Mavericks26668173019291411
9.St. Louis Cardinals2569920442312481
10.New England Patriots2229101490408216
11.Texas Rangers923117192932741
12.New Jersey Devils131112525121133911
13.Baltimore Ravens1119135461451825
14.Miami Heat315614155850177535
15.New Orleans Saints8915403327992
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.Boston Celtics20381612634410314
17.Houston Texans181717304922206253
18.Los Angeles Angels151418382342453521
19.Indianapolis Colts5712119765511278915
20.Indiana Pacers432018315162566
21.Carolina Hurricanes284221462243515023
22.Phoenix Coyotes622210023711668
23.St. Louis Blues171023392577381275
24.Tampa Bay Rays1682472111314545
25.Philadelphia 76ers21322524880332070
26.Cleveland Cavaliers509826453751564094
27.Nashville Predators14222735725301761
28.Arizona Diamondbacks1052849932401536
29.Los Angeles Kings322429438233263157
30.Philadelphia Phillies491083027775395218
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.New York Rangers6358316611757151638
32.Ottawa Senators424832256493462158
33.Pittsburgh Steelers12153343930797
34.Memphis Grizzlies513455620364085
35.San Francisco Giants4679353791241535
36.Florida Panthers336236731261523384
37.Utah Jazz355037292866487788
38.San Jose Sharks705938319254887286
39.Anaheim Ducks374939473859645534
40.New York Giants48434010106762382
41.Philadelphia Flyers5565414110060422562
42.Boston Bruins5864424810985284311
43.Milwaukee Brewers29284322138576596
44.Cincinnati Reds2321441621624310146
45.Atlanta Braves272045563572228729
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
46.Washington Capitals687246139446769767
47.Carolina Panthers406847215271354450
48.Seattle Seahawks44744828757312955
49.New York Yankees8210749361194748615
50.San Francisco 49ers361250597911120331
51.New Orleans Hornets458051651192372291
52.Denver Nuggets394652504148312893
53.Washington Nationals344753514070253865
54.Los Angeles Clippers5351549542553410771
55.Arizona Cardinals433655694739473669
56.Denver Broncos383756336553444926
57.Atlanta Falcons412557235799533764
58.Houston Rockets515358616165548254
59.Buffalo Sabres6030593226731117892
60.Dallas Stars472660813475739139
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
61.Minnesota Wild8710261709369580103
62.Phoenix Suns84866210283906069107
63.Chicago White Sox697763607195717926
64.Jacksonville Jaguars658464751696759075
65.Buffalo Bills5976658310105586895
66.Kansas City Chiefs626066587635665777
67.Los Angeles Dodgers616367577881595449
68.Portland Trail Blazers8188688459528711889
69.Minnesota Twins8310669826913947656
70.Vancouver Canucks9270704212186835978
71.Colorado Avalanche78357189102947410829
72.Winnipeg Jets9111672349987775781
73.Chicago Bears7693736410191507047
74.Chicago Blackhawks7475742611141624718
75.Toronto Blue Jays7982757874112556748
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
76.Minnesota Timberwolves71617674171088432102
77.Houston Astros901117792547880105100
78.Philadelphia Eagles735278548564716478
79.Miami Marlins6710179962918694422
80.Calgary Flames10697806711011011511563
81.Baltimore Orioles6444811084510672474
82.Dallas Cowboys86104826210317898137
83.Kansas City Royals757183110242470109104
84.Brooklyn Nets8896841092782938682
85.Los Angeles Lakers89948544112388510316
86.Colorado Rockies85838688533686106105
87.Detroit Tigers527887113234655644
88.Cleveland Indians66318810636496373108
89.Pittsburgh Pirates544891161839071109
90.Tennessee Titans723390865089796272
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
91.Detroit Pistons8087917931691069231
92.San Diego Chargers95679299891148111490
93.Toronto Raptors103105931041058310940111
94.Montreal Canadiens11111894631167411412143
95.New York Mets93859511310784686673
96.Edmonton Oilers114113969110811910411750
97.Orlando Magic77419777484968786
98.Seattle Mariners999298101953110796114
99.Golden State Warriors1019199114811079995113
100.Detroit Lions5618100537256613078
101.Minnesota Vikings1001151017180118819999
102.Chicago Cubs112119102681146311094112
103.Milwaukee Bucks104731039762117113100117
104.New York Islanders119811041199612210111998
105.Washington Redskins10810910593115106925958
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
106.Columbus Blue Jackets116951061158458122120122
107.Cleveland Browns10710310710586100103113115
108.New York Knicks11311210898118451058397
109.St. Louis Rams11512010911798116975042
110.Oakland Athletics985411012120120778460
111.Atlanta Hawks94161111035698117110110
112.Oakland Raiders964511294661151009352
113.New York Jets10510011380113881024483
114.Miami Dolphins110891141079710997102101
115.Tampa Bay Buccaneers971101158767671087433
116.Boston Red Sox117114116851207911611218
117.San Diego Padres10934117120876811898119
118.Charlotte Bobcats1201171181184397120122118
119.Toronto Maple Leafs122122119112122104121111121
120.Sacramento Kings12199120122104121111104120
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
121.Cincinnati Bengals10239121111881029185106
122.Washington Wizards118901229073101119116116

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