Best Sports Cities in America
SHARE If the forces of nature allowed me to choose a town based on solely on its sports rankings, my life would be filled with hot dog eating, three point shooting bliss – and I would choose a home right down the street from the stadium to make sure I never had to deal with […]
If the forces of nature allowed me to choose a town based on solely on its sports rankings, my life would be filled with hot dog eating, three point shooting bliss – and I would choose a home right down the street from the stadium to make sure I never had to deal with traffic or mass transit to cheer from the sidelines. So when Sporting News magazine released its list of the Best Sports Cities across America, I thought, now THIS is a ranking I can relate to. Looking at the 12 months from summer 2009 to summer 2010, the list is based on point values assigned to a variety of categories including win-loss records, postseason appearances, applicable power ratings, number of teams and attendance.
This year, Chicago (+ Evanston) took the No. 1 spot for its two big league baseball teams, rising Bulls, beloved Bears and even NASCAR Sprint Cup racing – not to mention the “head over heels” love for sports that pours out of every fan in the Windy City.
“Chicago is known as a city with big shoulders,” said Kelly Wong, Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “We like the underdogs such as the Chicago Cubs. The favorite line that any diehard Cub fan will say is there is always next year. We have been waiting over a hundred years for them to win a World Series. So we will be waiting another year at least.”
Following closely behind is Boston, which as we all know, produces some of the most passionate Red Sox fans you will ever come across. “As a long-time follower and fan of Boston sports, I consider the local teams as essential as food, clothing and shelter,” said Rick Loughlin, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage New England. “The Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins are part of our local culture and represent Boston as a world class city.”
Sure Boston and Chicago are great, but I still have to go with the Big Apple as the top sports city. Where else can you have in-city rivalry games in all 4 major sports, 5 different local sports channels, the sports Mecca that is Madison Square Garden, and some of the best sports broadcasters on the planet (like Gary, Keith & Ron of SNY)? Nothing like the sports scene in New York, but growing up as a New York sports fan I guess I’m biased.
Show us your passion and tell us where you think the best sports city is and check out the Sporting News’ 10 Best Sports Cities below or take a look at the full rankings here:
3. Los Angeles
5. Dallas + Fort Worth
6. New York
10. Detroit+ Ann Arbor + Ypsilanti
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Realtor AgentOctober 20, 2010
Chicago has always been on top of my list! I think it has something to do with associating them with the best hotdogs of all time.
david_marineOctober 21, 2010
I can’t argue with you there. Great hot dogs in Chicago.
Sean CarpenterNovember 7, 2010
Funny how with the exception of a few (Evanston, Ann Arbor, etc.) these are "major league" cities and not college sports towns. Pro sports is more of a business while college sports are more of a passion. It would be neat to see if The Sporting News ranked college towns on the same basis where towns like Gainesville, Columbus or Tuscaloosa might rank.
Ed DubreuilMarch 1, 2011
I'm from the 2000's "Title Town" Boston area, and I WANT the Cubs to win the world series. Even though Chi-town has had their share of championships, they still need their baseball team to finally win one for Mr. Carey. Boston, LA, and NY have had enough championships. Time to spread the wealth around.