Monday, October 12, 2009

Oxford No. 65 On "Best Sports Cities" List

With the recent success surrounding Ole Miss football, baseball and basketball, in addition to other sports, Oxford has recently been named No. 65 on The Sporting News' list of the nation's top sports cities. That ranking is up 32 spots from where Oxford was listed a year ago.

“You’ve got to understand that Oxford’s ranking is tied to how Ole Miss fares in football and basketball. It’s a pretty remarkable run the Rebels are on,” said Sporting News chief of correspondents Bob Hille, who has coordinated the rankings since their expansion 13 years ago. “But we know that, win or lose, fans support their teams in that community.”

Pittsburgh was anointed the country's top sports city in 2009 after the Steelers’ Super Bowl victory and the Penguins winning the NHL’s Stanley Cup.

This year’s Best Sports Cities list features 399 cities and towns in the U.S. and Canada, ranked by a system that assigns points to a variety of categories, including a city’s number of teams, their regular-season won-lost records, playoff berths, bowl appearances and tournament bids, championships, applicable power ratings, fan fervor, attendance and more.

The full list can be found at:

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