The Sporting News recently released its "Best Sports Cities" rankings for the past year. A total of seven cites/areas from the state of Michigan made the list, including Detroit/Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti (all three together) and East Lansing. Before we get to the specific rankings, let's take a look at The Sporting News' criteria for this list.â†µ
It takes more than championships. Sporting News’ Best Sports Cities rankings, which look at the 12 months from summer 2009 to summer 2010, are based on point values assigned to various categories, including but not limited to won-lost records, postseason appearances, applicable power ratings, number of teams and attendance.â†µ
Detroit (I'm just going to mention Detroit on its own since nothing too positive happened in Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti over this time period) came in at No. 10 on the list, right ahead of Miami and behind Denver/Boulder. Interestingly, East Lansing managed to come in at No. 64 on the list. That's pretty good since really only football and basketball could be taken into account for East Lansing. I suppose that's why it's not higher when you have cities or combinations of cities with college and pro teams, but that's still not too shabby at all.â†µ
The other Michigan cities on the list are as follows: Mount Pleasant (94), Kalamazoo (122), Brooklyn (279), Grand Rapids (295) and Midland (343).