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Sporting News Names Atlanta Nation's Eighth-Best Sports City; Hi, Hater

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The top ten of Sporting News' annual list of sports cities, which is 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":

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  1. Chicago + Evanston
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  3. Boston
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  5. Los Angeles
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  7. Philadelphia
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  9. Dallas + Fort Worth
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  11. New York
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  13. Phoenix + Tempe
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  15. Atlanta
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  17. Denver + Boulder
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  19. Detroit+ Ann Arbor + Ypsilanti
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So on the pro-Atlanta side we have The Sporting News, a revered source of sports journalism since 1886, and in the Atlanta-is-a-sucky-sucky-sports-town-wow corner we have this BleAchrr REprto article, plus maybe some rants about how great the Phillies' regular season attendance is (Temple and Villanova football really pack 'em in, don't they!).

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Sports towns topped by the A, all of which we're often told we should be more like: Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, D.C., Baltimore, and Green Bay. And plenty of non-northern teams, but ESPN never talks about them either.

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Athens also cracks the top 100. Elsewhere in the rankings, 402 strong: Macon, Kennesaw, Statesboro, Savannah, Augusta, Rome, and Albany. Not sure why Valdosta didn't make the cut.

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Then again, Detroit gets to claim Ann Arbor, which is 45 miles away, so Kennesaw should count towards Atlanta's ranking. Like the mighty Kennesaw State Fighting Owls wouldn't boost Atlanta's rating by like 1.1 TSN Citypoints! I'm going to be angry about this for at least the next five seconds.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.