Oklahoma City jumps to No. 37 on list of best sports cities

by Jenny Carlson, Staff Writer, jcarlson@opubco.com Modified: October 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm •  Published: October 7, 2009
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Oklahoma City is making its mark as a big-league city.

At least Sporting News thinks so.

The city ranks No. 37 in the magazine's annual Best Sports Cities Rankings, jumping 42 spots from last year. That puts Oklahoma City in the top 10 percent of the 399 cities in the ranking.

"Jumping into the major professional sports scene with the arrival of the Thunder is a big deal for Oklahoma city when it came to our 12-month city snapshot," Sporting News chief of correspondents Bob Hille said in a statement.

"And we use the term 'city' loosely for our purposes because we combine Norman with the Oklahoma City area. So now you've got the NBA paired with big-time college football and basketball. That's a real treat for fans there."

Stillwater is No. 60 in the rankings while Tulsa is No. 82.

Pittsburgh is No. 1 for the first time since the Sporting News started doing its rankings in 1993. With the Steelers and Penguins winning championships, it bumped Boston from its top spot.

The top five cities are: 1. Pittsburgh; 2. Philadelphia; 3. Boston; 4. Chicago/Evanston; 5. Los Angeles.

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