On the verge of its first year as a permanent major league city, Oklahoma City is ranked No. 79 in The Sporting News list of 400 best sports cities. But the magazine reassures the city that the ranking will go up.
"Oklahoma City is waiting for the NBA season to start, but we couldn’t wait with our Best Sports City rankings, so the city doesn’t reap the benefit of having the Thunder. But wait till next year!" said Sporting News Chief of Correspondents Bob Hille, who has coordinated the rankings since their expansion 12 years ago. Boston is ranked No. 1.