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October 07, 2009

Sporting News nod to E.L.

The Sporting News just released its list of best sports cities in North America, and East Lansing came in No. 44 -- and, by my count, fifth among strictly college sports towns, behind Columbus, Austin, Gainesville and Storrs, Conn.

    You can see the whole list -- which considers Ann Arbor part of Detroit -- here.

    Here's the release:

    East Lansing, Mich., takes its place among the elite of college towns, at No. 44 out of 399 North American cities in Sporting News’ annual Best Sports Cities rankings. Pittsburgh—which reclaimed its title of “City of Champions” with the Penguins and Steelers—is No. 1. Boston, last year’s No. 1 city, slips to No. 3.
 
“Few cities that don’t have a team in a major professional sports league are able to reach as high on our list as East Lansing did, and that’s because of Michigan State basketball and football,” said Sporting News chief of correspondents Bob Hille, who has coordinated the Best Sports City rankings since they were expanded 13 years ago. “We celebrate the Spartans’ successes in cities like East Lansing with this list.”
 
This year’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 city’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.

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