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For 14 years now, weve asked you to rate your favorite team in the categories that matter most to fans, from championships to cheap seats. Ray Neal Jersey Retro . Then, based on your feedback, weve ranked every pro franchise. Whos No. 1 this time? The Tampa Bay Lightning, who learned that to build a fanbase from scratch, youve got to put in the work.For more information on how the Ultimate Standings were compiled, see below.Rankings: MLB | NBA | NFL | NHL?|?2015No. 1: Tampa Bay LightningLove -- offered and justified, frustrated or spurned -- has been at the heart of our Ultimate Standings for 14 years as weve used fan surveys and financial analysis to rank MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams by how they reward fans for the time, money and emotion they invest in them. So when Lightning captain Steven Stamkos answers a question about his teams fans, players and staff with You can feel that love -- well, that says it all about his teams place at the top.No. 2: San Antonio Spurs Last years champs, the Spurs, ranked first in the players category -- for the sixth year in a row. Thats in large part thanks to a No. 1 ranking in the category fans say is most important to them: players who always give their best effort. Almost across the board, the teams rankings are up from 2015 (theyre also No. 1 in coaching and ownership and rank no lower than 11th in any category), but the Lightnings conference finals run moved them ahead of the four-time Standings topper.No. 3: Carolina Panthers The Panthers are No. 1 in bang for the buck: They won more games than any team in the NFL last season while charging the ninth-lowest average ticket price in the league ($78.22).No. 4: Green Bay PackersNo. 5: Arizona CardinalsNo. 6: Nashville PredatorsNo. 7: Florida PanthersNo. 8: Dallas StarsNo. 9: Kansas City RoyalsNo. 10: Texas RangersNo. 11: Pittsburgh PenguinsNo. 12: Seattle SeahawksNo. 13: Cleveland CavaliersNo. 14: Memphis GrizzliesNo. 15: Baltimore OriolesNo. 16: St. Louis CardinalsNo. 17: New England PatriotsNo. 18: San Francisco Giants The Giants are known for AT&T Parks gorgeous view, so its no surprise that their stadium is second overall (behind only MLBs other famous waterfront property: Pittsburghs PNC Park). But its not just the Bay: AT&T Park is also No. 2 in providing a fan-friendly environment and No. 1 in making it enjoyable for fans to catch games on TV, the radio or online.No. 19: Denver BroncosNo. 20: Kansas City ChiefsNo. 21: Cleveland IndiansNo. 22: Pittsburgh SteelersNo. 23: Anaheim DucksNo. 24: Dallas MavericksNo. 25: Oklahoma City ThunderNo. 26: Baltimore RavensNo. 27: Charlotte HornetsNo. 28: Boston CelticsNo. 29: St. Louis BluesNo. 30: San Jose Sharks After missing the playoffs in 2015, the Sharks made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals in 2016 -- and the fans responded by jumping them 58 spots in the rankings, the biggest leap by any team this year.No. 31: Detroit PistonsNo. 32: Jacksonville JaguarsNo. 33: Golden State Warriors In 2014-15, the Warriors offered fans a rare blend of success and affordability. Then they jacked up prices by more than 40 percent and missed out on a second straight title (did you hear they had a 3-1 lead?). Were not saying Warriors tickets arent worth it, but at an average price of $79.84, they have become a luxury good.No. 34: Washington NationalsNo. 35: Chicago BlackhawksNo. 36: Indiana PacersNo. 37: Atlanta HawksNo. 38: Los Angeles KingsNo. 39: Houston TexansNo. 40: New Orleans SaintsNo. 41: Arizona CoyotesNo. 42: Indianapolis ColtsNo. 43: Utah JazzNo. 44: Detroit Red WingsNo. 45: Pittsburgh PiratesNo. 46: Portland Trail BlazersNo. 47: Washington CapitalsNo. 48: Chicago Cubs The Cubs were tabbed the team most willing to pay to attract quality players and coaches. Sure enough, the Ricketts family opened the purse strings in recent years to sign Jon Lester, Jason Heyward and, on Sept. 28, Theo Epstein, for a reported $50 million-plus.No. 49: Detroit TigersNo. 50: Minnesota VikingsNo. 51: New Jersey DevilsNo. 52: Toronto RaptorsNo. 53: Miami HeatNo. 54: Atlanta Falcons The Falcons will have the lowest concession prices in sports in 2017: $2 for a hot dog, pretzel or soda (with unlimited refills) and $3 for nachos, waffle fries or a slice of pizza -- all including sales tax! What that means: You can feed a family of four twice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for less than it costs to park at a Cowboys game.No. 55: Arizona DiamondbacksNo. 56: Los Angeles AngelsNo. 57: Houston AstrosNo. 58: Philadelphia FlyersNo. 59: Cincinnati BengalsNo. 60: Buffalo SabresNo. 61: Carolina HurricanesNo. 62: Minnesota WildNo. 63: Columbus Blue JacketsNo. 64: Los Angeles DodgersNo. 65: Orlando Magic Orlandos Amway Center was this years top NBA stadium ... at 25th, behind 11 MLB, seven NFL and six NHL venues. Yikes.No. 66: New Orleans PelicansNo. 67: Toronto Blue JaysNo. 68: Boston Red SoxNo. 69: LA ClippersNo. 70: Milwaukee BrewersNo. 71: Winnipeg JetsNo. 72: Milwaukee BucksNo. 73: Tampa Bay BuccaneersNo. 74: Colorado RockiesNo. 75: New York GiantsNo. 76: Buffalo BillsNo. 77: Colorado AvalancheNo. 78: Seattle MarinersNo. 79: Minnesota TimberwolvesNo. 80: Houston RocketsNo. 81: Cincinnati RedsNo. 82: New York Mets The Jacob deGrom Hair Hat was the best swag handed out this year. But because this is the Mets: They gave it away on the same day they announced deGrom likely needed nerve surgery and would be out for the season.No. 83: Calgary FlamesNo. 84: New York IslandersNo. 85: Oakland RaidersNo. 86: Philadelphia EaglesNo. 87: Minnesota TwinsNo. 88: Philadelphia PhilliesNo. 89: Dallas CowboysNo. 90: Tampa Bay RaysNo. 91: Miami Marlins From the high of Ozzie Guillen in 2012 to the looooow of Mike Redmond and GM-weirdly-turned-manager Dan Jennings in 2015, the Marlins have had some coaching drama. But this year, with Don Mattingly signed on as skipper, Miami jumped 84 spots in that category.No. 92: New York RangersNo. 93: Washington WizardsNo. 94: New York JetsNo. 95: Ottawa SenatorsNo. 96: Chicago White SoxNo. 97: Chicago BullsNo. 98: Montreal CanadiensNo. 99: Boston BruinsNo. 100: New York YankeesNo. 101: Denver NuggetsNo. 102: Philadelphia 76ersNo. 103: Chicago BearsNo. 104: Atlanta Braves Who needs to root for the home team? Not Braves fans: Atlanta offers sports most extreme combination of poor performance and cheap prices. The good guys might have won only 31 home games, but at least supporters paid less than $20 a ticket.No. 105: Tennessee TitansNo. 106: Miami DolphinsNo. 107: San Diego PadresNo. 108: Washington RedskinsNo. 109: Los Angeles LakersNo. 110: Brooklyn NetsNo. 111: Edmonton OilersNo. 112: Detroit LionsNo. 113: Sacramento KingsNo. 114: New York Knicks Yet again the Knicks had the worst combination of failure and high ticket prices of any team in sports. And they look likely to keep the title in 2017: The Knicks havent been to a conference finals in 17 years but still charge 25 percent more than any team in the NBA (an average of $129.38, $99 more than the Pelicans average).No. 115: Oakland AthleticsNo. 116: Vancouver CanucksNo. 117: San Diego ChargersNo. 118: Toronto Maple LeafsNo. 119: Cleveland BrownsNo. 120: Phoenix SunsNo. 121: Los Angeles RamsNo. 122: San Francisco 49ers The 49ers have created quite the perfect storm: Fans see San Franciscos owners as the NFLs most dishonest and its players as the least available in sports, while the front office has raised prices by more than 60 percent over the past five years (the NFL average is just 12 percent). Meanwhile, the 49ers won just five games in 2015 -- which helps explain why they were named the leagues worst in paying to attract quality players and coaches.The method to our ultimate madnessIt takes four steps for us to rank the 122 franchises in North America.First: Consulting firm Maddock Douglas surveyed 1,031 fans to form 25 criteria for the things most desired in return for the emotion, money and time they invest.Second: Teaming with NetReflector, an opinion research firm, asked fans to rate their home teams in each area; more than 72,000 of you did! We grouped grades into seven categories.Third: Our final measure, bang for the buck, uses calculations developed with Oregons Warsaw Sports Marketing Center to figure how well teams turn fans money into wins.Finally: We combined each teams scores across all categories into a weighted average. The result? Rankings that combine fan opinions and how well teams turn your dollars into wins. Ultimately, it all counts.Affordability (12.2%): Price of tickets, parking and concessions ??Coaching (2.8%): Strength of on-field leadership?Fan relations (27.2%): Courtesy by players, coaches and front office toward fans, plus how well a team uses technology to reach fansOwnership (12.8%): Honesty; loyalty to core players and the local communityPlayers (14.7%): Effort on the field, likability off itStadium experience (11.7%): Quality of arena; fan-friendliness of environment; frequency of game-day promotionsTitle track (3.9%): Championships won or expected within the lifetime of current fansBang for the buck (14.7%): Wins in the past two years per fan dollar, adjusted for league schedulesRankings: MLB | NBA | NFL | NHL?|?2015Thanks for financial analysis to Paul Swangard and the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon. Nyle McFarlane Jersey Retro .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. Jim Ritcher Jersey Retro .35 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Plouffe batted .254 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs in 477 at-bats last season, his second as a regular in the lineup. .Y. -- Injured Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno did not practice with the team Monday and head coach Ron Rolston said its unlikely hell play in Wednesdays season opener in Detroit. Heavyweight contender Luis King Kong Ortiz was as frustrated as anybody who might have watched his fight with Malik Scott on Saturday.Although Ortiz scored three knockdowns and won with absolute ease at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, he could not make the statement he hoped for with the quick knockout most expected. Instead, Ortiz was forced to go past eight rounds for the first time as Scott ran, backpedaled, complained about nonfouls, clinched and never tried to legitimately compete or win.In the end, however, Ortiz won by scores of 120-105, 120-106 and 119-106 on the judges scorecards. scored it 120-105, giving every around to Ortiz, who came into the fight with a reputation as the most avoided man in the division.Perhaps seeing Ortiz forced to go 12 rounds, albeit with an unwilling foe, might entice others to give him a go, but he was still disappointed with the fight, his first since paying Golden Boy Promotions $1.1 million to buy out his contract after a falling out and then signing about six weeks ago with Eddie Hearns Matchroom Boxing, the leading promoter in the United Kingdom.I came to fight, and he came to run, Ortiz said through a translator. He was so negative he made it hard to make it a good fight. Everyone came to see a show, to see a fight, a brawl, and he didnt want that, which is sad.Ortiz, who was recently stripped of an interim title when he blew off a mandatory fight with Alexander Ustinov after signing with Hearn, will have a chance to rid himself and fight fans of the bad taste from facing Scott because he is due back in the ring to face an opponent to be determined on the undercard of heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshuas defense against Eric Molina on Dec. 10 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.Scott (38-3-1, 13 KOs), of Philadelphia, gave a clear indication of his unwillingness to fight barely a minute into the bout when, because he had done so little, referee Jean-Robert Laine stopped the fight briefly and warned Scott that he had to fight.But Scott, 36,?barely did, instead literally running around the ring at times while a frustrated Ortiz (26-0, 22 KOs) tried to land his powerful left hand.Im disappointed to not get another KO, Ortiz saidd. Jordan Bernstine Jersey Retro. He moved around so much, he made that hard, but the most important thing from that now is the rounds and the win.Scotts lack of effort was illustrated in the CompuBox punch statistics. While Ortiz landed 146 of 472 punches (31 percent), Scott landed 45 of 155 (29 percent). Scott, who was knocked out in 96 seconds by Deontay Wilder in 2014 and then won his next two bouts, never threw more than 21 punches in any round against Ortiz and never landed more than seven punches in a round.Ortiz, of Miami, landed a left hand over the top in the third round, and the 6-foot-4, 246-pound Scott went down, but Laine surprisingly ruled it a slip. It was one of several times that Scott hit the deck but Laine did not call a knockdown.Laine did call one in the fourth round, however, when Ortiz landed a left hand behind Scotts ear. But Laine also inexplicably helped Scott to his feet during the count. Later in the round, Scott went down, but again Laine ruled a slip.In the fifth round, Ortiz dropped Scott with a left hand, and Scott tried to sell it as though he had been hit behind the head, but Laine did not buy his theatrics and gave him a count.The 6-4, 239?-pound Ortiz, a 37-year-old southpaw who was schooled in the famed Cuban amateur system before defecting and turning pro in 2010, notched his third official knockdown 30 seconds into the ninth round when he clubbed Scott to the body with a clean left hand.Scott has always had the reputation of being unwilling to engage with his opponents, but his performance against Ortiz was even more negative than usual, and Hearn was rightfully disgusted.Malik wanted the fight and the opportunity, but [Scott] just came to survive, Hearn said. Luis maybe could have forced the pace and forced him to trade, but well get someone that wants to fight on Dec. 10, and well see more of Luis in Manchester.Malik talked us into the fight but didnt deliver. Luis will get a proper fight next time, and well see him at his best. Theres fighting on the back foot and getting through a fight, and then theres just plain running, and sadly thats what we saw. ' ' '