Aug. 16, 2001
In its recently announced list of "The Best Sports Cities", The Sporting News has listed Bowling Green 114th among 376 communities from across the United States and Canada.
To be rated, a city must have at least a Division I college basketball team or be home to a professional baseball (class A or above) or NFL team. The ratings are based on the present sports climate in a city, taking a wide variety of variables into account.
Bowling Green, home of Western Kentucky University and Hilltopper athletics, ranked:
* fourth among Sun Belt Conference communities (behind #6 Denver, #8 Miami and #28 New Orleans -- all major league pro sports towns),
* third among Kentucky cities (behind #76 Louisville and #82 Lexington -- both home of minor league baseball clubs and institutions that play Division I-A football),
* second among Gateway Football Conference communities (behind only Terre Haute, Ind.).
In fact, only two communities in the nation -- #108 Worcester, Mass., and #110 Terre Haute -- which are not located in either pro sports communities or those that are home to a Division I-A college football team, were listed ahead of Bowling Green. And, both of those cities claim higher population totals than Bowling Green.
Metropolitan New York City was selected as The Best Sports City, followed by the San Francisco Bay area, the Los Angeles area, Philadelphia and #5 Dallas-Fort Worth.
For a look at the complete "Best Sports City" list, visit The Sporting News website at www.sportingnews.com/sportscities2001.