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I though it might be interesting to see how hockey ranks across NHL cities compared to other major sports in that city, this is my opinion as i have watched hockey in 15 different cities and discussed hockey with many fans in the cities that i was in, i hope to add 2 more cities this year in completing all 30 teams down the road, please feel free to correct me if your from any city and comment on what the ranking would be. The sports that will be used is NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS and CFL.

The average attendance of Leagues used from prior season numbers:

NFL- 67,738
MLB- 31,423
CFL- 29,243
NBA- 17,757
NHL- 16,691
MLS- 15,504

Toronto
1- (NHL) Maple Leafs
2- (MLS) Toronto FC
3- (MLB) Blue Jays
4- (CFL) Argonaunts
5- (NBA) Raptors

Buffalo
1- (NHL) Sabres
2- (NFL) Bills

Boston
1- (MLB) Red Sox
2- (NFL) Patriots
3- (NBA) Celtics
4- (NHL) Bruins
5- (MLS) Revolution

Montreal
1- (NHL) Canadiens
2- (CFL) Alouettes

Ottawa
1- (NHL) Senators

New York/New Jersey
1- (MLB) Yankees
2- (NFL) Giants
3- (NBA) Knicks
4- (MLB) Mets
5- (NFL) Jets
6- (NHL) Rangers
7- (NBA) Nets
8- (NHL) Islanders
9- (NHL) Devils
10- (MLS) Red Bull

Philadelphia
1- (NFL) Eagles
2- (NHL) Flyers
3- (NBA) 76ers
4- (MLB) Phillies

Pittsburgh
1- (NFL) Steelers
2- (NHL) Penguins
3- (MLB) Pirates

Washington
1- (NFL) Redskins
2- (MLB) Nationals
3- (NBA) Wizards
4- (NHL) Capitals
5- (MLS) DC United

Carolina
1- (NFL) Panthers
2- (NHL) Hurricanes
3- (NBA) Bobcats

Florida
1- (NFL) Dolphins
2- (NBA) Heat
3- (MLB) Marlins
4- (NHL) Panthers

Tampa
1- (NFL) Bucs
2- (NHL) Lightening
3- (MLB) Devil Rays

Atlanta
1- (MLB) Braves
2- (NFL) Falcons
3- (NBA) Hawks
4- (NHL) Thrashers

Columbus
1- (NHL) Blue Jackets
2- (MLS) Crew

Detroit
1- (MLS) Tigers
2- (NHL) Red Wings
3- (NFL) Lions
4- (NBA) Pistons

Chicago
1- (MLB) Cubs
2- (NFL) Bears
3- (MLB) White Sox
4- (NBA) Bulls
5- (NHL) Black Hawks
6- (MLS) Fire

Nashville
1- (NFL) Titans
2- (NHL) Predators

St Louis
1- (MLB) Cardinals
2- (NFL) Rams
3- (NHL) Blues

Colorado
1- (NFL) Broncos
2- (NHL) Avalanche
3- (NBA) Nuggets
4- (MLB) Rockies
5- (MLS) Rapids

Minnesota
1- (NFL) Vikings
2- (NHL) Wild
3- (MLB) Twins
4- (NBA) Timberwolves

Edmonton
1- (NHL) Oilers
2- (CFL) Eskimos

Calgary
1- (NHL) Flames
2- (CFL) Stampeders

Vancouver
1- (NHL) Canucks
2- (CFL) Lions

Dallas
1- (NFL) Cowboys
2- (NBA) Mavericks
3- (NHL) Stars
4- (MLB) Rangers
5- (MLS) FC Dallas

Phoenix
1- (NBA) Suns
2- (NFL) Cardinals
3- (MLB) Diamondbacks
4- (NHL) Coyotes

San Jose
1- (NHL) Sharks

Los Angeles/Anaheim
1- (MLB) Dodgers
2- (NBA) Lakers
3- (MLB) Angels
4- (NHL) Kings
5- (NHL) Ducks
6- (MLS) Galaxy
7- (NBA) Clippers
8- (MLS) Chivas
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August 8, 2007 1:33 PM ET | Delete
Despite the last 2 years, Buffalo is and will be for the foreseeable future a Bills town. Unless the Sabres win the Cup, it starts and ends with that OP team.
August 8, 2007 1:38 PM ET | Delete
The sixers suck and the phillies are the strangest bunch of talent i have ever seen. The Flyers seem like the odd balls during the football season, but after the Eagles season ends it is about hockey
August 8, 2007 1:38 PM ET | Delete
If those are ranked...there's no way Toronto FC is number 2 in Toronto....
August 8, 2007 2:11 PM ET | Delete
Raptors behind FC and the Argos? Thats interesting
August 8, 2007 2:12 PM ET | Delete
Very interesting/intriguing stuff... You forgot the Jets/Giants in New York. The way I'd rank them in NY (there's no way the knicks come in ahead of the mets or the football teams.)1. Yankees 2. Mets 3 Jets 4. Giants 5. Knicks 6. Rangers 7. Islanders 8. Nets 9. Devils 10. Red Bull
August 8, 2007 2:13 PM ET | Delete
I'd put the Phillies ahead of the Flyers. They have far more fans but the Flyers fans are more passionate. There are probably more sixers fans too but they don't show for games so they probably deserve to be at four.
August 8, 2007 2:48 PM ET | Delete
Thanks Dubie, guess i missed those teams in new york, and yes the Raptors are not very popular in the city compared to other teams, the FC have taken toronto by storm they sell out every game 20,000 and have a season ticket waiting list already and if you go to a game its great atmosphere as if ur watching soccer in England.
August 8, 2007 3:07 PM ET | Delete
Good job, but I'm not sure the marlins are more popular than the panthers.
August 8, 2007 3:23 PM ET | Delete
Columbus is all about college football so I wouldn't bias your findings by not including the massive following for the Buckeyes.
August 8, 2007 3:33 PM ET | Delete
Let me help you out here. The Clippers go in front of the Kings/Ducks and after winning the cup, the Ducks go in front of the Kings.Secondly, Limiting the NorCal market to San Jose is very misleading. Care to expand the area and include the Raiders, 49'ers, Warriors, Kings, A's and Giants?
August 8, 2007 3:42 PM ET | Delete
WHy dont you just add some arena football in there too.....just kidding
August 8, 2007 5:48 PM ET | Delete
tigers over red wings?
August 8, 2007 5:53 PM ET | Delete
Nemmy700: The Ducks in front of the Kings? You can't be serious.
August 8, 2007 6:04 PM ET | Delete
I might put the Blues
August 8, 2007 6:07 PM ET | Delete
Considering that the Sabres are doing great lately, and the Bills are doing pretty much the opposite of great... What else would you expect? But I say that if the Bills and Sabres are performing at equal levels, the Bills dominate... Its NFL vs NHL..... c'mon
August 8, 2007 6:17 PM ET | Delete
i would consider the capitals more popular than the nationals. sure the area finally got a baseball team back, but the nationals have gone sour since their move to washington. the capitals are already down there and ovechkin can become a crowd favorite or a city favorite while the nationals dont really have a superstar.the diamondbacks should be above the cardinals because they have a championship and are actually competitive, but football is football in america
August 8, 2007 6:18 PM ET | Delete
...you must be canadian
August 8, 2007 7:37 PM ET | Delete
I would have said the caps should be behind DC United
August 8, 2007 9:41 PM ET | Delete
nope
August 8, 2007 10:47 PM ET | Delete
Why is the MLS even being considered? I don't care what anyone says. Soccer is not a major sport in North America. I don't care how well it's doing in Toronto.
August 8, 2007 11:17 PM ET | Delete
buffalofan the mls is growing bigger and bigger every year, average attendance in NBA is around 17,757, NHL is 16,961 a season the MLS is 15,504, now with Beckham here attendance will climb even higher note the DC United's game thursday against the Galaxy is sold out 46,000 fans not bad for a soccer match, it sounds more to me that you dont like soccer and thats your choice but it is a north american sport whether you agree or not. For those interested avg attendance in NFL is 67,738 MLB is 31,423 and CFL is 29,243 all numbers are from prior season.
August 9, 2007 12:08 AM ET | Delete
Leafs need to be fixed.Although yes FC is doing welll, raps, argos and jays are still more known. Its Leafs, Raps, Jays, Argos, FC IMO
August 9, 2007 1:04 AM ET | Delete
The Bobcats play in Charlotte, not in Raleigh, so they shouldn't even factor into the rankings for Carolina. North Carolina is split into two major metro areas (Charlotte and Raleigh Research Triangle of Raleigh, Greensboro, and Durham) and one minor area (around Asheville in the west). Counting the whole state as one sports area is like combining Pittsburgh and Philly. I'd also put the Rangers above the Knicks, at least at this time, because the Knicks are so positively awful that they don't even come close to selling out. In the suburbs extending into NJ and CT no one even cares about the Knicks anymore. The same could be said for Boston, as the Bruins have historically been more popular than the Celtics, but now both teams are in irrevelancy because they are so disfunction. Chicago would be the same way if they still had an NHL team...
August 9, 2007 2:40 AM ET | Delete
yeah 46,000 may seem a lot for soccer attendance here but in Europe for some teams, 46000 is embarassing. F.C. Barcelona plays in a stadium that holds just under 100,000 and it used to be (i'm not positive of the current status) that all seats were sold to season ticket holders. they are planning to expand the stadium- Camp Nou to hold 120k
August 9, 2007 3:08 AM ET | Delete
I'd amend the Bay Area one:1- (NFL) 49ers2- (NFL) Raiders3- (MLB) Giants4- (MLB) A's5- (NHL) Sharks6- (NBA) Warriors
August 9, 2007 6:58 AM ET | Delete
I think its funny that Soccer teams are even included on this list.... since when is soccer a major sport in North America? ps why are the pistons last in Detriot? They're their best team.
August 9, 2007 7:52 AM ET | Delete
Philly:1) Eagles2) Phillies longer season and just about as many fans3) Flyers 4) Sixers
August 9, 2007 12:25 PM ET | Delete
No way are the Dodgers ahead of the Lakers I live in SoCal trust me on that
August 9, 2007 5:43 PM ET | Delete
I think for San Jose you can group them into the Bay Area and include Oakland and San Francisco teams.
August 9, 2007 9:51 PM ET | Delete
Keep in mind that, with Minnesota, the Metrodome holds far more fans than the Xcel Energy Center. The attendance doesn't necessarily hold true to whether or not the sport is more popular in this case. Minnesota is, and always will be, very much a hockey state. I mean, the High School State tournament even sells seats in the X!
August 10, 2007 9:29 PM ET | Delete
Remeber San Jose has a giant neighbor to the north San Francisco, not mention ghetto Oakland as well. So that brings two baseball teams, two football teams, and an nba team into the fold.
November 20, 2007 1:18 PM ET | Delete
You sure as all get-out got Boston right, sadly.
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