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Can you name the World's Top Sports Cities (2010)?
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#annual sports events, major events, numbers of federations hosted, facilities/venues, transport, accommodation, government support, security, legacy, public sports interest and quality of Life.
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Sep 13th, 2010 at 15:37 GMT
I accept that it is sourced (so no blame to the setter), but the source is talking nonsense, it is all about how often the venues are cleaned. What about Rio and Buenos Aires where football is the only passion for many? In quality, how did Melbourne get to be top and Madrid or Barcelona not be mentioned? Has anyone on this site attended an event in Dubai that was not totally lacking in soul? NY behind Berlin and Singapore? Madness
Sep 13th, 2010 at 16:30 GMT
Source is suspect at best. Good idea though.
Sep 13th, 2010 at 17:36 GMT
I think Melbourne is at the top because the city is mad about sports and has held, or holds, some pretty big and diverse sporting events. It has regular crowds of up to 100,00 for its Aussie rules games and cricket matches. It has pretty decent crowds for rugby league, rugby union and soccer. It has hosted the Olympics and Commonwealth games, and regularly holds international swimming events, golf, and cycling etc. Melbourne also hosts the annual Melbourne F1 grand prix, and The Australian Open Tennis grand slam. Unlike Dubai, people in Melbourne actually care about their events, and attend in big numbers.
Sep 13th, 2010 at 19:10 GMT
vancouver and dubai? Vancouver has the most fair weather fans of anywhere and no decent pro sports teams to speak of. Need a new source for this.
Sep 13th, 2010 at 19:17 GMT
For people knocking Dubai for a lack of public interest. It is almost certainly because of government interest that they are up there. The UAE have a leadership that is fanatical about many sports and willing to put their full weight behind it, probably for the prestige if nothing else.
Sep 13th, 2010 at 19:19 GMT
@jUNKIEd: Vancouver just held the Winter Olympics which is probably why it is up there, just like Singapore who have just had the Youth Olympics.
Sep 13th, 2010 at 19:56 GMT
@brokenviolin. I think you misunderstand the criticism of Dubai sports. You're absolutely correct - there is a government interest in promoting sport. That is not a genuine public interest. Nothing wrong with the way this quiz was made, but a horrible source. Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Any US city w/ 4 or 5 teams should all be here.
Sep 13th, 2010 at 20:02 GMT
terrible i dont even know what this is
Sep 13th, 2010 at 20:07 GMT
Oh, and Melbourne also has the Melbourne Cup, the race that stops the nation, and just outside the city, it hosts the Australian leg of the Moto GP, and stages on the world tours of snowboarding and skiing, and the world surfing tour at Bells beach. This, if you look at the source, is the third time in a row Melbourne has been number one. Only lived there for two years a while back, but I got the feeling it was a massive sports city!
Sep 13th, 2010 at 21:15 GMT
there is nothing wrong with melbourne, but these other cities that do almost nothing but soccer is a joke (berlin, london, paris, manchester) new york city being tenth is a ridiculous thing itself. ny giants, jets, rangers, islanders, knicks, yankees, mets and even red bulls in the friggen mls. nothing wrong with the creator, but the source itself was no good
Sep 13th, 2010 at 21:25 GMT
@Rooster: I did not misunderstand. I am in agreement with them, Dubai does not have that much public interest in sport. But I was putting the case why it should be up there given the criteria. Criteria like facilities/venues, transport, accommodation, government support, security, Dubai probably ticks those boxes. It is the criteria that are the reason for the cities being up there. Althought the source says that the data is out somewhere, I am curious what it actually says!
Sep 13th, 2010 at 22:06 GMT
This list just is about how well cities host sporting events, not "Best Sports Cities", not a good way to title the quiz.
Sep 13th, 2010 at 22:24 GMT
@tazer: London has more professional teams in just one sport (soccer) than New York has in all sports combined. And then you have cricket, rugby, etc. It also will host the Olympics soon and most likely the World Cup. London definitely deserves to be above New York on this list.
Sep 13th, 2010 at 22:49 GMT
I dont think I've seen a quiz get so many comments in its first 7 hours.
Sep 13th, 2010 at 23:11 GMT
Clearly "revenue brought in by sporting events" was not a consideration. If it was, you would see Barcelona, Madrid, Milan, and one or two more US cities on there ahead of some of those other ones.
Sep 13th, 2010 at 23:17 GMT
This is dumb
Sep 14th, 2010 at 01:14 GMT
@tazer and also, only the yankees, mets, knicks and rangers actually play in the city. it is top sports cities, not metro areas. and like stated before, even if it were metro areas, the city of london has about 11 (not an exact number, but close) pro soccer teams, let alone any other sport, way more teams than new york has.
Sep 14th, 2010 at 03:04 GMT
I think mostly people saying criticising this quiz haven't taken the time to consider what the question is actually asking. Melbourne, London and Sydney each fill 50%+ of the teams in the top professional league of Aussie Rules, soccer and Rugby League, respectively, giving them a huge leg up in terms of number of professional sports teams. Similaryl, Manchester has multiple teams in multiple professional leagues. America is missing out on this quiz because, frankly, the number of sports played to a high level professionally in the US is limited, and the number of teams competing in those leagues from one city is also limited. I don't know that I agree with the source or the title of the quiz, but if you read the instructions clearly you will usually have a better shot of answering the question that is actually being asked.
Sep 14th, 2010 at 04:35 GMT
Quiz is fine. Source is questionable.
Sep 14th, 2010 at 05:07 GMT
needs to be more american
Sep 14th, 2010 at 05:10 GMT
Where is Johannesburg or Cape Town or Durban? South Africa's gotta be noted for its extremely successful World Cup staging!
Sep 14th, 2010 at 09:09 GMT
London has 50%+ of teams in top professional league of soccer - really? Last time I looked only 5/20 teams in the Premiership were London based. Do you know something I don't?
Sep 14th, 2010 at 16:25 GMT
London does deserve its place on top (football talks for itself !). Why isn't anyone questionning Singapore's position ? I don't get why they're so high. Perhaps I ignore that indeed they've organized a lot of big competitions and have a lot of big teams. If so, confirm it please because I really am doubting about Singapore.
Sep 14th, 2010 at 16:43 GMT
I am with Tsunade. I lived in Singapore for a while and did not note a significant presence of athletics at all. Apologies to Singaporeans but you didn't strike me as a particularly athletic crazed nation. Otherwise I can understand the rest of the list as they are big cities with international appeal. Good quiz!
Sep 14th, 2010 at 17:23 GMT
It strikes me that there are a lot of upset americans complaining about why they weren't included in the top, seeing as they're amazing at ice hockey, baseball and basketball. But in reality no one plays those sports apart from americans and some of their cousins in canada. Hence I was surprised why new york made it. They could have given it to glasgow instead.
Sep 14th, 2010 at 17:35 GMT
This was the shortlist of finalists that they decided the top ten from: * Beijing * Berlin * Budapest * Chicago * Doha * Dubai * Glasgow * Istanbul * Johannesburg * Lausanne * London * Madrid * Manchester * Melbourne * Monte Carlo * Moscow * New York* Paris * Rio de Janeiro * Rome * Shanghai * Singapore * Sydney * Valencia * Vancouver
Sep 14th, 2010 at 17:36 GMT
HERE IS THE CRITERIA IN MORE DETAIL: * Numbers and importance of events held in the period 2006 to 2009 (including annual events of international interest and continental/national events). How successful has the city been in securing events over the last four years and how important are they globally? * Numbers and importance of events to be held in the period from 2010 to 2014 (including annual events of international interest and continental/national events). How successful has the city been in securing events over the next four years and how important are they globally? * Numbers and importance of international federations based in the city. * Current facilities and capabilities for major sports events. How many spectators can the venues hold? Where are they located? Are they easy to get to? Are they perceived to be of world-class quality by industry insiders and fans? * Infrastructure, including accommodation and transport (internal and external). How easy is it to move around a city and actually attend a sports event? What else is there to do in the city and how suitable is the accommodation both in terms of numbers of rooms and prices/quality? Is the airport conveniently located and efficient? * Government support and major sports event strategy. How supportive does the local government of a city appear to be and does the city have national government support once it has won an event? Has a city made its ambitions transparent by creating an official entity that bids for major sports events and advises on hosting them? * Legacy planning and impact. How effective has legacy planning been in a city so far? How are cities building legacy into their strategies for hosting? Are some cities better at legacy planning and implementation than others? * Security. What is the threat from terrorism or other security threats and has there been a major attack in the period of analysis? What security planning is in place? * Quality of life. Is pollution a problem in a city an
Sep 14th, 2010 at 17:37 GMT
CONTINUED... * and how suitable is the climate/weather for a sports event? Is the standard of living in a city both good and affordable and what is it like to be employed by an organising committee and actually live there? How safe is a city for events and visitors? * Public interest and attendance of events. How well-supported are sports events? Is the local population sufficient to sustain a large sports venue? Are the public fully behind an event and involved in its marketing? How many people take part in sports activities in the city recreationally? * Web presence and marketing ability. How easy is it to find out who is responsible for sport in a city and how well-presented/user-friendly are their websites? Once contact is made with the right entity, how effective are they in communicating what they do? How well do they promote themselves? Scoring For all categories, scores (or values in the case of tangibles such as GDP per capita; air pollution, cost of living, pricing of hotels and distances etc) are given to each city and then all 25 cities ranked in descending or ascending order (depending on whether a large score or value was good or bad). The city with the highest score or value (or lowest depending on the criteria), is then given 20 points and so on, stopping at 1 point for the city in 20th position. Cities ranked 21-25 for each score are given zero points. To reflect the number of smaller cities aspiring to host major sports events, SportBusiness has introduced new size bands this year enabling awards to be made to cities with populations of 1m or below, between 1m and 3.5m, between 3.5m and 7m and finally, 7m or above.
Sep 14th, 2010 at 18:51 GMT
To me the "best sports city" would be the one where the most residents actively participate in sports.
Sep 14th, 2010 at 19:34 GMT
@wazzabi: Glasgow? How can a city whose signature dish is a portion of deep-fried chip fat, six pints of lager and 20 B&H be a top sports city? ;-)
Sep 14th, 2010 at 19:40 GMT
@JayZed: Because they can consume all of that and still manage to trounce the Americans at most sports that matter :) Good old Scots.
Sep 15th, 2010 at 00:49 GMT
I'm a little surprised by only one US city being on here but when you look at the source it makes sense. We really don't care about soccer in the US while the rest of the world is practically ravenous about the sport across the board. The biggest US sporting event known around the world, I think, is the Super Bowl for football and that rotates from site to site every year and tends not to be in a top five metropolitan area (although Dallas gets it this year and Miami had it recently as well). Soccer isn't enough of a draw here and we don't have a consistent location for our huge event. I'd imagine the big reason New York broke in may be because of the US Open Tennis Championship? That holds world prestige to any country that has a competitor in it.
Sep 15th, 2010 at 04:42 GMT
How can Berlin, Singapore, and Vancouver be on here but not Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston!?!?!?!
Sep 15th, 2010 at 20:47 GMT
HOw can Milan not be on here?? They have had 2 of the best soccer teams EVER!!
Sep 15th, 2010 at 21:25 GMT
m_frog....you want los angeles on here???? r u crazy a bunch of front running fans who only care about the lakers
Sep 16th, 2010 at 20:39 GMT
Any list where Vancouver is listed as a 'better sports city' than new York is just wrong. Better city that happens to have a sports team? Maybe.
Sep 16th, 2010 at 21:02 GMT
North Korea throws tons (all that isn't military) into athletics! This list is more along the lines of "which city has conditions most similar to my living room" and "where can I go to avoid getting my car stolen"
Sep 18th, 2010 at 10:06 GMT
Great to see Manchester on the list, until London popped up higher. That will change when the world witnesses a truly dismal Olympics in 2012.
Sep 18th, 2010 at 19:59 GMT
Vancouver has ONE sports team. I don't care if they just held the Olympics. One event does not an economy make. New York and Chicago each have 8+ professional teams, INCLUDING SOCCER. Sorry, it just doesn't make sense to me.
Sep 21st, 2010 at 01:18 GMT
on top of that yoshiegg, they lost the grizzlies!!!!! so they have shown incapable of keeping their sports teams, to me this list is a joke
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