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07-07-2012, 11:15 PM
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Boston because you have a team to root for in every season that can win

If we're talking strictly NHL though, I think no doubt it's Toronto or Montreal. Vancouver seems to be an absolutely city, so that wouldn't be bad either.

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07-07-2012, 11:17 PM
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Atlanta is the worst sports city.

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07-07-2012, 11:33 PM
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Boston...not best NHL city, but all-around sports city. Titletown.

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07-07-2012, 11:33 PM
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Boston is right now the top sports city. Toronto the best hockey city.

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07-07-2012, 11:51 PM
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The Leafs sold-out every single game from 1985-1990.

And besides, would anyone blame them if they didn't? Ballard was the worst owner in NHL history-if not sports history.

Toronto is an amazing hockey city. More loyalty to their franchise than any sports city ever.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple_Leaf_Gardens

Harold Ballard takes control: 19721990

The Leafs continued to sell out every game through the Ballard era, even as the team's performance went into steep decline
I stand corrected. You learn something new everyday.

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07-08-2012, 12:04 AM
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Every city is prone to band-wagonism though. I lived in Boston in the early 90's: Fenway and Boston Gardens were easy tix. The curse of the Babe was strong, the Bruins hadn't won crap since Orr, the Celtics were floundering, and Tom Brady was in high school.

Still, the rich history and the die-hard fans with tradition made it a great sports town even then.

Loyal fans make all the difference, so 1/2 capacity still feels like a sellout.

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07-08-2012, 12:15 AM
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07-08-2012, 12:21 AM
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I stand corrected. You learn something new everyday.
No Prob. Buddy, you can argue Leaf fans were morons for shelling-out money to the idiot Ballard and his terrible teams.


The best Ballard story is in the 60's, he had the Beatles in Concert at the Gardens and it was summer and he had the Ac turned off and the water fountains turned-off as well so he could jack the prices of soda ups and make a huge profit in the concert. The man was so evil.

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07-08-2012, 12:44 AM
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I'll admit my bias because I know more about Toronto sports than any other city but I would have to think Toronto mixes in there as one of the tops. There are 8 professional sports leagues in North American (NHL, NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL, Arena Football, MLL/NLL and MLS). Toronto is represented in 6 of those leagues and Toronto is ranked among the most valuable teams in every one of those leagues except the MLB.

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07-08-2012, 12:45 AM
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I said NHL cities. Minnesota is a GREAT hockey state but there NHL fandom is pretty weak. Hopefully that will change with Suter and Parise there.

Also, it depends on how you're judging it. Just because Pens tickets are expensive, doesn't mean that Pittsburgh is a worse hockey city. For example,

I just about spit out my drink reading that! Are you KIDDING ME!?!?!? NHL Fandom is ANYTHING but Weak here in the Twin Cities! Was our 400+ game sellout streak for a pretty bad team for the most part not a testament to our strong NHL support here?

It took an economic crash to finally make a game not a sellout at the X... and yet most nights the crowds were still great even though the product on the ice was anything but.

I find it utterly astonishing someone can say NHL fandom in St.Paul and Minneapolis is in any way shape or form... weak!

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07-08-2012, 12:49 AM
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I don't know if it's the "best," but I have family in Pittsburgh and every time I go there all I see are Steeler, Penguins, and even Pirates jerseys everywhere I go

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07-08-2012, 01:34 AM
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Proud to be a Buffalo sports fan, don't care if it isn't the best. With that said I went to Minny for a game last season and those fans are pretty impressive.

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07-08-2012, 01:50 AM
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Knicks sellouts when theyre good, are by far the best crowd in the NBA.
Really?!???

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Any offs game this year, and the crowd was pathetic compared to the Rangers

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07-08-2012, 02:07 AM
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The rest of the country (er world) is sick of having the Red Sox and their Park shoved in our faces. You won your World Series, your curse is over, now no one cares, ok?
I see where you are coming from... As Massachusetts/Boston Metro Area native and a die hard Red Sox fan I honestly think its time to plan a new stadium. Thanks to this sellout streak and the fact the stadium has one of the lowest if not the lowest capacity in the MLB, the tickets in Fenway are so inflated its ****ing outrageous now.... Most of the people who go to the games and actually sit in decent seats don't know **** about the Sox or are just old money from the South Shore who just go their to be seen. Another problem is parking, I live really close to Fenway and could honestly walk or bike their, but the Sox don't have their own parking lot for the fans hence lost revenue. The last problem is the new Yankee Stadium. The new Yankee Stadium doesn't have as long as a sellout streak as Fenway but heck they have about 14k more capacity....

So I really get where you are coming from. Yes Fenway is old and has seen its fair share of history, but it also hinders the Sox and its fans too.

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07-08-2012, 02:08 AM
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Every city is prone to band-wagonism though. I lived in Boston in the early 90's: Fenway and Boston Gardens were easy tix. The curse of the Babe was strong, the Bruins hadn't won crap since Orr, the Celtics were floundering, and Tom Brady was in high school.

Still, the rich history and the die-hard fans with tradition made it a great sports town even then.

Loyal fans make all the difference, so 1/2 capacity still feels like a sellout.
yeah, heck the Bruins didn't even sellout on the reg until after the lockout

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07-08-2012, 02:43 AM
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Chicago for sports in general, can't judge for hockey only, though.

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What no love for Dallas there a huge sports city

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07-08-2012, 04:03 AM
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NYC,Boston,Philly and Chicago are definetly the best sports cities......as for just the NHL,probably Montreal or T.O.

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07-08-2012, 05:04 AM
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Edmonton, The edmonton rush is the best north american team ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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best for sports overall, you could make arguments for NY, Chicago, or Philadelphia, but P4P I say boston. Boston has had great success recently, a couple of fairly new stadiums and a legendary fenway park. Compared to them other cities, Boston also has the smallest population so the sellout streak of the Sox and the attendance of the of teams are that more impressive. The history with some of the biggest names of all time have played here too like Bird, Russel, Orr, Brady, etc...

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07-08-2012, 10:45 AM
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I don't know if it's the "best," but I have family in Pittsburgh and every time I go there all I see are Steeler, Penguins, and even Pirates jerseys everywhere I go
If it's based on fan support, then yes Pittsburgh would probably be the best sports city. Penguins have better tv ratings than any NBA or NHL team in the country. Steelers are always #1 or #2 in tv ratings and the Pirates have had 20 straight losing seasons, yet they still get very good ratings.

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07-08-2012, 10:49 AM
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Atlanta is the worst sports city.
Of cities with pro-teams (So no Las Vegas), it's between Atlanta and Miami for the worst sports city. In Miami even the Heat get drown out by Knicks fans.

But at least Miami has college football fans, so Atlanta is probably even worse.

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I just about spit out my drink reading that! Are you KIDDING ME!?!?!? NHL Fandom is ANYTHING but Weak here in the Twin Cities! Was our 400+ game sellout streak for a pretty bad team for the most part not a testament to our strong NHL support here?

It took an economic crash to finally make a game not a sellout at the X... and yet most nights the crowds were still great even though the product on the ice was anything but.

I find it utterly astonishing someone can say NHL fandom in St.Paul and Minneapolis is in any way shape or form... weak!
Timberwolves ratings are a lot higher than Wild ratings. If your NBA team gets ratings better than your NHL team, you aint a great NHL market.

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07-08-2012, 11:06 AM
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Timberwolves ratings are a lot higher than Wild ratings. If your NBA team gets ratings better than your NHL team, you aint a great NHL market.
... so no American market is a good NHL market?

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... so no American market is a good NHL market?
Except for Colombus

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