Friday 5’s: Top 5 Sports Cities in the Country since 2000

          Since the start of the year 2000, there have been 75 championships won between the 4 major US sports, (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL). Certain cities have had tremendous success, while others are still trying to get to the top of the mountain. These are my top 5 sports cities in America, in terms of Championships won, national/global recognition, and popularity amongst fans.

5. The Bay Area – San Francisco/Oakland, CA

Championship Appearances: 10/75       Championships won: 6/75
^***Includes San Jose Sharks Stanley Cup appearance in 2016

          The start of the 2000’s was a slow time for Bay Area sports, only having 1 Championship appearance and 0 wins between 2000-2009. Since the start of 2010 however, the Bay Area seems to have a parade every other year for one of their teams. The Warriors and Giants have both had dynasties control the 2010’s with the Giants winning 3 World Series titles, (2010, 2012, 2014), the Warriors winning 3 NBA titles (2015, 2017, 2018) in the span of 8 years. Plus, both the 49ers and Sharks have made a championship appearance in the last 8 years.

          The fans have been extremely loyal in the Bay Area. In 2014, the Giants set an MLB record for most consecutive sellouts with 258 straight home games being sold out at AT&T park, while the Warriors have been in the top 10 in overall attendance since 2013. Sadly for Bay Area football fans, the Oakland Raiders will be leaving the Bay Area for Las Vegas in 2020, but at least they have the Warriors, who have the ability to bring multiple more titles to the Bay Area in the coming years.

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4. Chicago, IL

Championship Appearances: 6/75        Championships won: 5/75

          Chicago has a rich history of sports throughout every major franchise in the city. From 80’s bears to the 90’s Bulls and beyond, Chicago has always had a rich history of great sports in their town. Recently, the city has seen 1 dynasty in the form of the Chicago Blackhawks who won 3 titles in a 6 year span with the most recent being in 2015. However the biggest Championship ever for the city of Chicago came in 2016 when the Cubs broke a 108 year World Series drought, the longest drought of any professional sports franchise in history.

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          Chicago sports fans are known for their loyalty to their team, good or bad. It could be a 7pm prime time match-up or a 11am baseball game in mid May, and you can bet that whoever is playing, the stadium will be full. The future looks bright for Chicago sports fans.The Cubs are still one of the best teams in baseball, the Bears are becoming a force to be reckoned with in the NFL, and the Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox are becoming better by the year. Expect Chicago to win another title before the end of the 2010’s in either hockey or baseball.

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3. Southern California – Los Angeles/Anaheim, CA

Championship Appearances: 14/75        Championships won: 9/75

          Southern California is one of the most populated sports areas in the country. Between Los Angeles and Anaheim, there are 8 major sports franchises along with more teams to come in the future. LA has seen more of the success thanks to the Lakers 3-peat from 2000-2002 and their back to back titles in 2009 and 2010, along with the Kings 2 titles in 2012 and 2014. Anaheim’s 2 titles came in 2002 from the Angels and in 2007 from the Ducks. However, the talk of the down has been the LA Dodgers who reached the World Series for back to back years and lost both, extending their Championship-less drought to 31 years.

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          Fans can be brutal in Southern California, not because they will come and heckle/boo you, but because if you aren’t good enough or established enough, the fans just won’t show up. If you are good enough though, the fans are some of the most loyal in the entire country. The Dodgers have lead the MLB in per game attendance every year since 2013, while the Lakers continue to be one of the most recognizable brands in the entire world. Southern California is a metropolis in the sports world and its only getting bigger with the new football stadium coming in 2020, and other events such as the Super Bowl, World Cup, and Olympics expected to be coming to Southern California within the next 8 years. Expect Southern California to bring a title home in one of the 4 major sports within the next 3 years.

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2. New York, NY

Championship Appearances: 9/75         Championships won: 4/75

          While this city has the least amount of Championship appearances and wins on our list, New York still remains to this day one of the greatest sports cities in the world. New York is the biggest television market in the country, and is the biggest stage to play on in America. It doesn’t matter if a New York team is good or bad, they will make headlines with anything they do because of the town they live in. New York is also considered a sports metropolis in its own right. New York is one of only 2 areas in the country, (Southern California being the other) to boast 8 sports teams in their city. The 2000’s started with a bang as the Yankees won their 3rd straight World Series against the Mets of all teams. However after the game 7 loss to the expansion Diamondbacks team, New York only has 3 titles to their name, one in baseball (Yankees 2009) and 2 in football (Giants 2007, 2012).

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          Being the biggest stage in the country for sports, you would expect the fan base to be one of the biggest as well and you would not be wrong. The streets are filled with fans who aren’t afraid to give you their opinions on their team and tell you that your team sucks more than theirs, (yes this includes Knicks fans). New York is also home to some of the most famous venues in the world including Madison Square Garden, which is said to be the most famous arena in the country. While the Giants, Knicks, Nets, and Mets are not doing well at least New York sports fans have the Yankees and Jets, plus the NHL season is still young and the Rangers/Islanders will have a chance as well. New York will find another way to bring a title to the big apple within the next 5 years.
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1. Boston, MA

Championship Appearances: 15/75       Championships won: 11/75

          With the Boston Red Sox winning the 2018 World Series this past week, the Red Sox now have 4 World Series titles in the last 15 years. Keep in mind these are the same Red Sox who went 86 years without a World Series title from 1918-2003 thanks to the Curse of the Bambino. To go along with this, Boston is also been home to the greatest football dynasty ever in the New England Patriots who have 8 Super Bowl appearances since 2001 and 5 Super Bowl wins thanks to the team of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft. While the Celtics only have 1 title in the 2000’s they still have the record for most NBA championships ever, and it seems every year for the past 5-6 season, the Bruins have had a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Yes it’s been a great 2000’s for the city of Boston.

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          Boston fans are extremely loyal to their teams. Win or lose, you can count on a Boston sports fan to tell you how much better they are than you, or to remind you of all the titles they have won. Boston sports fans have also developed a reputation for being racist and derogatory towards opposing players of color which has brought into question the integrity of their fan base. While that’s not what these teams and fans want to be known for, their actions speak for themselves. Still this city is full of rich history from the past, and countless possibilities for the future when it comes to the success of their teams. Expect Boston to be holding another championship parade again soon, because the Red Sox are currently the best team in baseball, the Patriots are favorites again to win the Super Bowl, and the Celtics are the favorites to win the NBA title. Now all they need is the Bruins to step it up.

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Honorable Mentions: St. Louis, MI ; San Antonio, TX ; Atlanta, GA ; Denver, CO

Do you agree or disagree with these cities? Think your team should have been on the list?

Leave a comment below and I’ll tell you why my list is the way it is.

Thanks for reading!

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