October 6, 2010 – Chicago, with the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks and fast-rising Bulls leading the way, is No. 1 in Sporting News’ 17th annual Best Sports Cities rankings.
The Windy City dethroned 2009’s No. 1 Pittsburgh, a first-time winner in 2009 and No. 12 in 2010's rankings. Rounding out the top 10 are No. 2 Boston, No 3. Los Angeles, No. 4 Philadelphia, No. 5 Dallas/Fort Worth, No. 6 New York, No. 7 Phoenix/Tempe, No. 8 Atlanta, No. 9 Denver/Boulder, No. 10 Detroit/Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti.
This year's list is based on the 12 months from summer 2009 to summer 2010 and features 402 cities and towns in the United States and Canada. The rankings are based on a variety of factors, including each city’s number of teams and their regular-season won-lost records, postseason appearances, bowl appearances and tournament bids, championships, applicable power ratings, attendance, fan fervor and more
Sporting News began its Best Sports City rankings in 1993. Past winners: