San Antonio scores big as one of America's best cities for basketball fans
There's no denying that San Antonians are devoted to the Spurs, and it's a good thing, because a new report declares we're the third best city for basketball fans.
Spurred on by March Madness, WalletHub analyzed the largest cities in America on a host of factors, including number of NBA and Division 1 teams, performance level of teams, fan engagement, and more.
Local basketball fans have lots to be proud of. To start with, the Spurs have the highest performance level among all NBA teams. According to the financial website, the Spurs win 71.14 percent of their face-offs — three times that of the lowest ranking team, the Orlando Magic.
Additionally, the Spurs franchise is worth a whopping $1.15 billion, making it the ninth most valuable in the league. And our fans? While we think they're the best in the nation, San Antonio ranks No. 10 for both social media friendliness and game attendance. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back for keeping the AT&T Center 99.2 percent full during home games.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, San Antonio doesn't score so hot on the college court, due in part to the poor performance level of the University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners and the Incarnate Word Cardinals.
Only Los Angeles, No. 1 (home to the Lakers, Clippers, and three Division 1 college teams), and Boston, No. 2, are better for basketball fans. In the Lone Star State, Houston and Dallas slide in at Nos. 16 and 20, respectively.
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