Sports

Introducing Officials Gone Wild: A Blotter of Local Leaders Behaving Badly

It's hard to keep up with all the minor political scandals out there. Let us help you with this weekly list.

The NBA's Small-Market Disadvantage

Two teams from smaller metros are doing remarkably well in this year's playoffs. But big city franchises have typically dominated NBA titles.

Downtown Toledo's Minor League Mojo

Minor league ballparks can thrive when combined with a passionate local sports culture and an already improving downtown.

Hockey Fans Throwing Weird Crap on the Ice: A City-by-City Breakdown

Depending on where you live, you might see hockey nuts chucking fish, octopi, beef, or sex toys.

Vancouver's Plan to Avoid Another Hockey Riot

This year, the city will spread NHL fans out to TV-outfitted community centers and hire an events planner to make the atmosphere more "festive."

Dwight Howard Made the Right Decision

Staying put and building a winning team is the key to a long, lucrative professional basketball career, research shows.

What March Madness Can Teach Us About the Economic Geography of Sports

College towns dominate when it comes to sports employment.

Cockfighting in Philadelphia: 200-Plus Years of Feathery Mayhem

Truly, this is a city that loves to watch winged animals duel to their bloody deaths.

Number of the Day: 23,700

The estimated number of security personnel needed for the London Olympics.

Tactical NIMBYism

A landowner hopes to prevent an English soccer team-led land seizure by dividing his property into one-square-meter plots.

Oakland’s Sporting Hopes Dim

Without redevelopment money, plans to entice the A’s and Raiders to stay falter.

New York vs. Boston: Which Is the Better Sports Town?

A statistical examination of the long-term sports successes and failures of the cities in this year's Super Bowl.

Indy's Super Bowl Building Boom

Football's biggest event has done more to catalyze change in Indianapolis than it does in most cities.

The Where and Why of NBA Super Stars

For one thing, location matters

Drink of the Day: Beer

Brazil's cities may be required to introduce beer back into soccer stadiums for the World Cup

It's Betting Season for America's Mayors

This football season, some go all in

State of the Day: Wisconsin

The state offers a lesson for how smaller cities and metros can still compete in the globalized marketplace

What's a Hockey Game Worth?

Today's NHL Winter Classic has netted cities as much as $36 million in revenue and Philadelphia is hoping to exceed that record

Why Size Matters in Pro Sports Victories

When it comes to winning championships, big cities have some natural assets. But smaller areas can leverage their own advantages too