ESPN may forever have a bias towards the East Coast, but at least this month, the West is getting some love.
In particular, the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” is dubbing the Bay Area the “Best Sports Region in the Country” and ESPN the Magazine will release a Bay Area Issue on Oct. 14.
The magazine used a set of criteria to determine the best sports region in America, and it was really no contest —
the Bay Area is king:
1. Bay Area, 360 points
2. Washington, D.C./Baltimore, 248
3. Cincinnati/Louisville, 230
4. Detroit, 210
4. Miami, 210
6. Chicago, 195
7. Boston, 138
8. Los Angeles, 121
9. New York, 85
10. Denver, 63
The methodology used is found here, but one shouldn’t need to look that far to realize that the Bay Area sports scene is indeed buzzing.
The A’s won the AL West for back-to-back seasons and are in the midst of a playoff run, the Giants are still defending World Series champions for another month, the Warriors are an up-and-coming team that nearly knocked off the Spurs in the playoffs, the Sharks are perennial contenders, the 49ers are coming off a Super Bowl appearance, and Stanford is among the top-5 teams in the country and won the Rose Bowl last season.
Even the struggling teams seem to have bright futures, with Terrelle Pryor leading the Raiders, Sonny Dykes attempting to engineer a rebuild over at Cal, and David Fales under center at San Jose State. And don’t forget the Earthquakes, the defending Supporters’ Shield winners, who are looking to make a late push to the playoffs.
So yeah, sorry rest of America. The Bay Area is the best sports region in the country, and it doesn’t even come close.
Right, Los Angeles?