OKC moves up among America's best sports cities

BEST SPORTS CITIES — Oklahoma City has moved up six spots to No. 26 in the Sporting News latest rankings Best Sports Cities.
FROM STAF REPORTS Modified: October 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm •  Published: October 6, 2011
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The NBA lockout has the turned Oklahoma City's love affair with the Thunder into a long-distance relationship. And the local college football powerhouse has slipped from the No. 1 spot in at least one poll.

But Oklahoma City's stock as a sports city continues to rise. OKC has climbed to No. 26, up six spots from last year, in the latest Sporting News Best Sports Cities rankings. The rankings define Oklahoma City as the OKC metro area, which includes Norman.

Stillwater ranks 64th, up five spots from last year. Tulsa ranks 84th, up from 108th last year.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area, home to the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks and reigning American League champion Texas Rangers, replaced Chicago in the No. 1 spot.

Here's the list:

1. Dallas-Ft. Worth

2. Boston

3. Philadelphia

4. Chicago + Evanston

5. New York

6. Pittsburgh

7. Atlanta

8. Los Angeles

9. Miami

10. Tampa + St. Petersburg

11. Detroit + Ann Arbor+ Ypsilanti

12. Washington

13. San Jose + Palo Alto+ Santa Clara

14. Minneapolis + St. Paul

15. San Francisco

16. Nashville

17. San Diego

18. Phoenix + Tempe

19. Indianapolis

20. Denver + Boulder

21. Cincinnati

22. New Orleans

23. Raleigh + Durham

+ Chapel Hill

24. Houston

25. Oakland + Berkeley

26. Oklahoma City + Norman

27. St. Louis

28. Salt Lake City + Provo

29. Baltimore

30. Vancouver

31. Anaheim

32. Seattle

33. Green Bay

34. Orlando

35. Memphis

36. Columbus

37. Toronto

38. Milwaukee

39. San Antonio

40. Portland

41. Buffalo

42. Kansas City

43. Montreal

44. Jacksonville

45. Cleveland

46. Calgary

47. Charlotte

48. Ottawa

49. Sacramento

50. Edmonton

51. Madison, Wis.

52. Eugene, Ore.

53. South Bend, Ind.

54. College Station, Texas

55. Gainesville, Fla.

56. Tuscaloosa, Ala.

57. Blacksburg, Va.

58. Tucson, Ariz.

59. Auburn, Ala.

60. Columbia, Mo.

61. Fayetteville, Ark.

62. Boise, Idaho

63. East Lansing, Mich.

64. Stillwater, OK.

65. Louisville, Ky.

66. Storrs, Conn.

67. Morgantown, W.Va.

68. Champaign, Ill.

69. Syracuse, N.Y.

70. Lexington, Ky.

71. Starkville, Miss.

72. Lincoln, Neb.

73. College Park, Md.

74. Manhattan, Kan.

75. Tallahassee, Fla.

76. Austin, Texas

77. Iowa City, Iowa

78. Athens, Ga.

79. Knoxville, Tenn.

80. State College, Pa.

81. Clemson, S.C.

82. Reno, Nev.

83. Columbia, S.C.

84. Tulsa, OK.

85. Waco, Texas

86. Lawrence, Kan.

87. Colorado Springs

88. Baton Rouge, La.

89. West Lafayette, Ind.

90. Lubbock, Texas

91. Richmond, Va.

92. Corvallis, Ore.

93. Hattiesburg, Miss.



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