Tucson Among 2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Basketball Fans

With March Madness dominating the sports scene right now the Arizona Daily Independent excluded the cities that were dominated by NBA professional teams and provided below the top ten cities with only college teams. The results were not surprising that the top ten “Teams & Performance’ Rank” represented the perennial NCAA power teams. Clearly North Carolina and Kentucky cities each had two at the top, while the University of Arizona made Tucson the only western city in the top ten at number nine.

WalletHub compared 297 of the largest cities based on 18 key metrics, ranging from the performance level of each city’s NBA and NCAA Division 1 basketball teams to ticket prices to stadium accessibility.

Top ten NCAA teams in WalletHub 2016 Best & Worst cities for basketball fans.

CityTotal Score‘Teams & Performance’ Rank‘Costs & Fan Engagement’ Rank
Lexington-Fayette, KY25.0710261
Durham, NC29.9719117
Chapel Hill, NC33.94243
Lawrence, KS24.7225207
Louisville, KY18.4830267
Bloomington, IN21.2231226
Cincinnati, OH27.443280
Storrs, CT20.6933228
Tucson, AZ16.7636268
Nashville, TN22.6237184

Methodology used by Wallet Hub:

  • To find the best and worst cities for NBA and college basketball fans, WalletHub compared 297 of the most populated cities across two key dimensions, namely “Teams & Performance” and “Costs & Fan Engagement.”
  • First, they compiled 18 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was given a value between 0 and 100, wherein 100 is the best value for that metric and 0 is the worst.
  • They then calculated the overall score for each city using the weighted average across all metrics and ranked the cities accordingly. For this sample, they chose cities with at least one college or professional basketball team.

Teams & Performance – Total Points: 50

  • Number of NBA Teams: Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
  • Number of College Basketball (Division 1) Teams: Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
  • Performance Level of NBA Team: Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
    Note: This metric was calculated by dividing “Number of Wins” by “Total Games Played” and using the past three seasons’ averages.
  • Performance Level of College Basketball (Division 1) Team(s): Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
    Note: This metric was calculated by dividing “Number of Wins” by “Total Games Played” and using the past three seasons’ averages.
  • Number of NBA Championship Wins: Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
  • Number of Basketball (Division 1) Championship Wins: Full Weight (~6.67 Points)
  • Number of NBA Division Championship Wins: Half Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Number of College Basketball (Division 1) Division Championship Wins: Half Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Franchise Value: Half Weight (~3.33 Points)
    Note: This metric measures only the NBA team’s estimated value in $million.

Costs & Fan Engagement – Total Points: 50

  • Average Ticket Price for an NBA Game: Full Weight (~7.69 Points)
  • Minimum Season Ticket Price for a College Basketball (Division 1) Game: Full Weight (~7.69 Points)
  • Access to Sports Bars: Half Weight (~3.85 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the “Number of Sports Bars per 100,000 Residents.”
  • NBA Fan Engagement: Full Weight (~7.69 Points)
    Note: This metric was calculated by adding “Number of Twitter Followers” and “Number of Facebook ‘Likes’ per Capita.”
  • College-Basketball Fan Engagement: Full Weight (~7.69 Points)
    Note: This metric was calculated by adding “Number of Twitter Followers” and “Number of Facebook ‘Likes’ per Capita.”
  • NBA Stadium Accessibility: Half Weight (~3.85 Points)
    Note: This metric was calculated by dividing “Stadium Capacity” by “City Population.”
  • College-Basketball Stadium Accessibility: Half Weight (~3.85 Points)
    Note: This metric was calculated by dividing “Stadium Capacity” by “City Population.”
  • NBA Attendance: Half Weight (~3.85 Points)
    Note: This metric was calculated by dividing “Average Home-Fan Attendance” by “Arena Capacity” for NBA teams only.
  • NBA Viewership Rate: Half Weight (~3.85 Points)
    Note: This metric measures viewership for NBA teams only.
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