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| By goldtymer on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 08:12 am:|
Over 12 months, stretching roughly from July to July, Boston was the Hub of the sports universe that the Sporting News covers -- a city that celebrated and commiserated, exulted and agonized (again) over a year's most dramatic victories and cursed defeats.
Taking into account not only the sheer quantity of courses in its year-round sports feast and the depth and breadth of fan fervor (OK, and often angst), but also the quality of the teams in the sports we cover, Boston is our Best Sports City for 2004.
To be included in these rankings, a city must have at least an NCAA Division I basketball team or a Class A minor league baseball team, or it must score in select other categories upon which we base our rankings. Those other categories include being the site of a training camp for a major league or NFL team; a NASCAR Nextel Cup race; an NCAA Division I-A bowl game; a PGA Tour tournament, or a Triple Crown horse race.
Once a city meets the minimum criteria, we take a 12-month snapshot, roughly from July to July, of the sports atmosphere, putting a heavy premium on regular-season records (from the most recently completed season); playoff berths, bowl appearances and tournament bids; championships; applicable power ratings; quality of competition; overall fan fervor, as measured in part by attendance as a percentage of venue capacity; sports atmosphere and fan knowledge; abundance of teams, though we reward quality over quantity; stadium/arena quality; ticket availability and prices; franchise ownership, and marquee appeal of athletes.
Tradition plays a minimal role because this is a 12-month ranking that starts over each year. Likewise, we choose not to delve into sports about which we aren't experts. And, yes, it's true: We have not visited every city on this list in the past 12 months.
2. Oakland-San Francisco-San Jose
3. New York-Long Island-New Jersey
5. Los Angeles-Anaheim
6. Miami-Fort Lauderdale
8. Dallas-Fort Worth
10. Minneapolis-St. Paul
From the same article:
Two teams, 162 home games, 114 home victories (57 each) in the 2003 season. That's a combined .704 home winning percentage for San Francisco and Oakland, which means if you're a baseball fan in the Bay Area and you saw the home teams lose more than a handful of times last season you're either a season-ticket holder or a jinx.
Though neither the Giants nor the A's parlayed regular-season dominance at home into a World Series appearance, they gave the home crowds plenty to cheer and outdistanced the other multi-team metropolitan areas in the home-record standings:
Teams W L Pct. GB
A's-Giants 114 48 .704 --
White Sox-Cubs 95 67 .586 19
Angels-Dodgers 91 72 .558 23 1/2
Yankees-Mets 84 78 .519 30