EAST LANSING rated No. 44 among Sporting News Best Sports Cities
East Lansing, Mich., takes its place among the elite of college towns, at No. 44 out of 399 North American cities in Sporting Newsâ€™ annual Best Sports Cities rankings. Pittsburghâ€”which reclaimed its title of â€œCity of Championsâ€ with the Penguins and Steelersâ€”is No. 1. Boston, last yearâ€™s No. 1 city, slips to No. 3.
â€œFew cities that donâ€™t have a team in a major professional sports league are able to reach as high on our list as East Lansing did, and thatâ€™s because of Michigan State basketball and football,â€ said Sporting News chief of correspondents Bob Hille, who has coordinated the Best Sports City rankings since they were expanded 13 years ago. â€œWe celebrate the Spartansâ€™ successes in cities like East Lansing with this list.â€
This yearâ€™s Best Sports Cities list features almost 400 cities and towns in the U.S. and Canada, ranked by a system that assigns points to a variety of categories, including a cityâ€™s number of teams, their regular-season won-lost records, playoff berths, bowl appearances and tournament bids, championships, applicable power ratings, fan fervor, attendance and more.
The full list can be found at: http://www.sportingnews.com/general/article/2009-10-06/best-sports-city-list
Sporting News began its Best Sports Cities rankings in 1993. Past winners:
2008â€”Boston Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Note: There was no Best Sports City in 1996 as the ratings were expanded and refined.