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Old 08-04-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Here's my list. Combined with fan support, passion, team success, revenue, and amount of options. This IMO is my top 10.
1. New York
2. Boston
3. Chicago
4. Philadelphia
5. Dallas
6. Pittsburgh
7. St. Louis
8. Detroit
9. Seattle
10. San Francisco


Los Angeles falls just outside the top 10 because of what happened with the NFL. The Lakers are in the top two though as well as the Dodgers.

But these cities IMO are tops when you combine all of the criteria together. You can probably change a couple around in the top 10.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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Boy, aside from the Cardinals I can't say great things about STL sports, and I lived there!
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:47 AM
 
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Here's my list. Combined with fan support, passion, team success, revenue, and amount of options. This IMO is my top 10.
1. New York
2. Boston
3. Chicago
4. Philadelphia
5. Dallas
6. Pittsburgh
7. St. Louis
8. Detroit
9. Seattle
10. San Francisco


Los Angeles falls just outside the top 10 because of what happened with the NFL. The Lakers are in the top two though as well as the Dodgers.

But these cities IMO are tops when you combine all of the criteria together. You can probably change a couple around in the top 10.
The Angels have much better fan support than the Dodgers. No offense, but most white people in greater LA don't even care for the Dodgers. The Angels are their team. From what I've seen, the greatest Dodger fan support seems to be among Mexicans.
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:49 AM
 
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Boy, aside from the Cardinals I can't say great things about STL sports, and I lived there!
The Cardinals have a very loyal fan base. You're right, however, St. Louis doesn't support the Rams and Blues like they do the Cardinals.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:01 AM
 
Location: The City
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Here's my list. Combined with fan support, passion, team success, revenue, and amount of options. This IMO is my top 10.
1. New York
2. Boston
3. Chicago
4. Philadelphia
5. Dallas
6. Pittsburgh
7. St. Louis
8. Detroit
9. Seattle
10. San Francisco


Los Angeles falls just outside the top 10 because of what happened with the NFL. The Lakers are in the top two though as well as the Dodgers.

But these cities IMO are tops when you combine all of the criteria together. You can probably change a couple around in the top 10.

I think this is a pretty good list - Seattle is the one wild card - to me at times it seems like they are ok others no, but honestly i have not spent a ton of time in the city to really get a great feel.

One other to me is Cleveland, but no NHL - but they really seem pretty passionate and knowledgable, I actually cant blame them for their attendance this year for the tribe. Though on success unfortunatly they are lacking - In many ways I think I could really really feel good about a Browns or Indians championship - they probably deserve one
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Boston
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I thought the Cincinnati Reds were? I believe that the Chicago Cubs are also up there....
The first professional baseball team was in Cincinatti, and did call themselves the Reds, but today's team with that name cannot trace its lineage to that original team. The original Reds disbanded after a year, then many (including the manager) started a new team in Boston. That team would eventually be known as the Braves, the same Braves that later moved to Milwaukee, and now play in Atlanta. The claim regarding Braves is that they are the oldest continuously operating professional baseball team, and that is correct.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Boston
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The Angels have much better fan support than the Dodgers. No offense, but most white people in greater LA don't even care for the Dodgers. The Angels are their team. From what I've seen, the greatest Dodger fan support seems to be among Mexicans.
Wow, where to start? What does the color of the fan base have to do with whether a team is popular, or whether the city it plays in can be considered a top sports town? Are you kidding me with this? Take your racism elsewhere, thank you.

As for the Angels and the Dodgers, both teams have huge fan bases, but the Dodgers consistently lead both leagues in attendance. When I lived in L.A., most people I knew picked the team to route for based upon their league preference. NL fans went to Dodger games, AL fans went to Angels games. And lots of people go to both.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Howard County, MD
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Now, attend a Redskin game and you will truly see the passion of the sports fans of Washington DC.
Unless the Steelers, cowgirls or Eagles are playing, in which case the "fans" trying to turn a profit will have sold 40% of the seats to opposing fans. Snyder and all the law firms/businesses basically alienated the common man from DC sports.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Boy, aside from the Cardinals I can't say great things about STL sports, and I lived there!
In reality, there will always be one dominant team for a metro area. For example, the Yankees dominate New York. But the other teams are supported as well. The Cowboys dominate Dallas. But the other teams are supported as well. One team will usually capture the hearts of most in a city or market over the rest. For St. Louis. It shouldn't be a surprise. The Rams have been in St. Louis for only about 15 years and they have 1 Super Bowl. The Cardinals have been in St. Louis for decades and have over 10 World Championships which is the 2nd most out of any team in the league.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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HenryAlan. You did better than me. I don't know how I would answer that lol.

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I think this is a pretty good list - Seattle is the one wild card - to me at times it seems like they are ok others no, but honestly i have not spent a ton of time in the city to really get a great feel.

One other to me is Cleveland, but no NHL - but they really seem pretty passionate and knowledgable, I actually cant blame them for their attendance this year for the tribe. Though on success unfortunatly they are lacking - In many ways I think I could really really feel good about a Browns or Indians championship - they probably deserve one
Seattle has great support. The Seahawks are known as the 12 man in the NFL with a very loud fanbase. The Mariners get great support every year. Just youtube Sounders and you will see how rabid they will get behind them. The Sonics were some of the best fans in the league before the NBA screwed them a couple years ago.
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