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The Sporting City Tournament Criteria

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Is New York City really the greatest sporting city?  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Is New York City really the greatest sporting city? (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After peaking the interest of several persons in our Sports City Debate article, Winfield and I decided to come up with a Bracket of Sporting Cities to determine the Greatest Sporting City of them all. We're going to need criteria for a great sporting city (e.g. pro sports, college sports, hosting special events, etc.). What does it take to be named a great sporting city? What radius can we consider when taking into account a city's metropolitan area? For example, does Ann Arbor count as a part of Detroit or does Foxborough count towards Boston? These are the types of questions we need answered in order to draw a line in the sand to narrow down 16 Super Sporting Cities from which to crown America's Greatest Sporting City of America (America means no Canada).

Currently, I have hosting an NFL, MLB, NBA, or NHL team as the primary criteria. Second, the city needs to have hosted special events like the Olympics, World Cup, or Super Bowl. Bowl games are generally garbage but maybe BCS and traditional bowl venues should count. What do you think? Since, we're a college sporting blog, how should Division I football/hoops be weighed? Let us know your thoughts.

After this weekend, Winfield and myself will unveil the 16 city field based on your criteria and the voting will begin.