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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 07-04-2012, 08:39 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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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?
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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Could care less. College sports are way better to follow in most cases - especially if you live in a college town with a reputable school.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Of none of the teams are good, what difference does it make to have sports teams? It also depends on how big a following the teams get. But you are right...in general, cities with major league sports teams tend to be more prominent.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:09 PM
 
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Need pro sports. Pro sports allow cities to be competitive with each other and give the diverse groups of people typically found in a city something that they can all have in common among, even among the different income levels, careers, etc...

In a city like Pittsburgh, people can be black, white, old, poor, fat, skinny, but the one thing you will find that they all have in common is that they bleed black and gold.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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I will say that activities in cities are definitely dictated by whether or not they have pro sports.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Could care less. College sports are way better to follow in most cases - especially if you live in a college town with a reputable school.
That's your opinion. When you have baseball games that sell out over 40,000 seats a night, that's a much bigger following. For me personally, I'd rather watch sports that have the best players, not the mediocre ones.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Professional sports is what brings people in big cities together.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I guess it's not as big a deal these days since every sport has packages like MLB.tv where you can keep up with teams from other cities, but I still wouldn't move to a city/metro area without a baseball team. I want to be able to make it to a game on a random night if I get in the mood for it.

I could deal with not having football/hockey/basketball since I am only a casual fan of those sports.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH for now
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Funny, hubby and I have talked about this extensively. We regularly go to major league baseball games, we're huge sports fans, so no, it's non-negotiable for us. If it doesn't have at least an MLB/NFL team? We won't move there.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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I guess it's not as big a deal these days since every sport has packages like MLB.tv where you can keep up with teams from other cities, but I still wouldn't move to a city/metro area without a baseball team. I want to be able to make it to a game on a random night if I get in the mood for it.

I could deal with not having football/hockey/basketball since I am only a casual fan of those sports.
MLBTV is nothing like being there in person. Not even close.
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