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View Poll Results: Major league sports teams are:
Essential to have in a city/metro area 18 22.78%
Desirable, but not essential 34 43.04%
Not something I care about at all 27 34.18%
Voters: 79. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-07-2012, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Sports are blah in my book.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Nowadays, major league sports are "standard issue" in large U.S. cities. Even for people who are not into sports, having these teams seems to give cities a certain status they might not otherwise have.
And how, exactly, would that "status" influence the desirability of living in the city?

If I lived in a city with MLBaseball, I'd probably figure out a way to get to several games a year. I haven't been to a NFL game since 1952, nor ever an NBA game, and I don't know anybody who can even afford tickets. I saw a few NHL games in the 60s, but they're not worth watching until the playoffs start, and there is no chance of getting ticket then. Postseason tickets are not for sports fans.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Nowadays, major league sports are "standard issue" in large U.S. cities. Even for people who are not into sports, having these teams seems to give cities a certain status they might not otherwise have.

So, how important is it to you that the city or metro you live in has major league sports teams?
I lived in Louisville, KY which does not have a major sports team if you do not count the Louisville Cardinals. I can do without them.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:02 PM
 
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Essential to have in a big city/metro area
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:30 PM
 
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Couldn't care less. Wouldn't even be on my list of qualities when looking for a place to live. It's completely inconsequential.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:40 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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And how, exactly, would that "status" influence the desirability of living in the city?
Well, if a city has major league sports teams, then it of course means that the city has the money to afford those teams.

Also, these are generally larger cities - which correlates with more/better shopping options, restaurants, universities, jobs, public transit, hotels, concert venues, neighborhoods, diversity, tourist attractions... Basically, a lot of things that people find desirable.
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Paris
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Living in Paris now makes me really miss going to US sports games, especially MLB and NHL
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:27 AM
 
Location: VA
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Would be nice to attend an NBA game every now and then, but not essential.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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We on the North Side of Chicago have not had a major league baseball team in over a hundred years.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:08 PM
 
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It's nice to have major league teams but in no way essential. I mean I go to about a dozen Blazer and Timbers games a year, maybe drive up to see the Mariners occasionally, never been to the Seahawks (but I grew up watching the 49ers) and I attend a lot of games watching the Oregon Ducks down in Eugene. But at the same time if I lived in somewhere on the West Coast and didn't really have a local sports team to watch, as long as I could still head to the mountains, go to beach, and see live music and other events, I could be somewhat satisfied.

I mean, if I had to take a job in Austin or Albuquerque or Richmond, Virginia or Las Vegas, I'd consider moving or not moving there for certain reasons, but not having pro sports wouldn't be the dealbreaker. Plus all those cities have some level of college or minor league sports to watch.
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