Ranking the nation’s best sports cities

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Published: Nov. 28, 2018 at 10:41 AM CST
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(WMC) - With the College Football Playoff selection committee to release its final Top 25 ranking on Dec. 2, and the North American sports industry expected to pull in nearly $69.3 billion this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2018’s Best Sports Cities-as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the cities where the game is always on regardless of season, WalletHub compared 419 small to large cities across the five largest sports in the U.S.: football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.

Best Large Sports Cities

1. Boston, MA

2. Los Angeles, CA

3. New York, NY

4. Pittsburgh, PA

5. Chicago, IL

Best Midsize Sports Cities

1. Cincinnati, OH

2. Green Bay, WI

3. Buffalo, NY

4. Salt Lake City, UT

5. Glendale, AZ

Best Small Sports Cities

1. Chapel Hill, NC

2. East Lansing, MI

3. West Point, NY

4. Princeton, NJ

5. State College, PA

Best vs. Worst

Cookeville, Tennessee, has the lowest minimum season-ticket prices for a college football (FBS and FCS) game, $36, which is 31.9 times lower than in South Bend, Indiana, the city with the highest at $1,150.

New Orleans has the lowest average ticket price for an NBA game, $30.20, which is 3.2 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $97.77.

NHL fans in Pittsburgh are 28.3 times friendlier and more engaged than their New York counterparts.

Dallas has the highest NFL team popularity-index, whereas Los Angeles has the lowest.

Phoenix has the lowest average MLB ticket price, $19.65, which is 2.9 times lower than in Boston, the city with the highest at $56.97.

Atlanta has the highest attendance rate for MLS games, 113.41 percent, which is 2.8 times higher than in Minneapolis, the city with the lowest at 40.43 percent.

To read the full report and see where Mid-South cities rank, click here.

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