Philly's a crap basketball town, and a so so baseball town. Boston didn't care about football until Brady. DC drove 2 baseball teams out of town before the Nats, have never supported the Wizards with any great enthusiasm, and have just started supporting the Caps with Ovie. Chicago is pretty good, I'll give you that one. Seattle lost their NBA team (I know the owners and arena were an issue, but that would NEVER happen in NY), and Safeco is empty half the time. I'm not saying the NY media is great, but the idea that it's not a big time sports town is asinine, despite how bad a hockey town it is.
And look at ticket sales before you say it's not the best basketball town: the Knicks are the toughest tickets in the country, the Nets are a sold draw despite being second fiddle, visiting teams and press all comment on the atmosphere at the Garden, etc.
While I'm not overly impressed with NY football fans, at least compared to some place like Dallas, the Giants are one of the toughest tickets to get in the country, and the Jets have a die hard core, despite years of ineptitude and overpriced tickets to boot.
You can ream the media all you want (I certainly have), but making sweeping assertions about an entire city's sports culture based on the media's poor coverage of one sport is just stupid.
Agreed. If the Nets are good, they will do very well in Brooklyn. NY is more of a basketball town than a Knicks town, imo. I see it in the people I know into basketball. They claim they are Knicks fans, but when they were bad, they were more interested in other teams/games.
A lot of NEW Giants fans since 2007. And, it is not a good thing. I have had seasons since 2005 and went to games since the 90s with a friend who has seasons. Definitely saw a change in the fans attending games after Super Bowl XLII. You are right about the Jets fans. The new stadium and PSLs really hit them hard. Look at stubhub, you can get tickets to just about every game for less than face value. Never thought I would see that.