How much does where you live matter as a sports fan? The short answer is: It depends.
If you're an Alabama football fan, there's no better place to live than Tuscaloosa. If you're a Red Sox fan, there's no worse place to live than New York City.
But what if you were a free agent, so to speak? What if you loved sports but didn't have a specific affiliation to any team? Say you're moving to a new city. What city would have the most to offer you as a sports fan? What city would give you the best overall experience?
That is what we're here to find out. We took 25 of the best writers from Bleacher Report and beyond to objectively look at their cities and come up with a ranking. To get a better understanding of the categories and grading criteria, click here.
Toronto comes in at No. 20.
In the realm of professional sports in the United States and Canada, Toronto is—rather quietly—the third-largest market, behind only New York and Los Angeles.
What makes a city with a metro population of over 5.5 million so inconspicuous in the world of sports? The international border that separates its three major teams from everyone else in the NBA, Major League Baseball and the majority of the NHL certainly plays a role. But it also doesn't help that T-Dot lacks a full-time NFL franchise and hasn't produced a winner in hockey, baseball or basketball since the Blue Jays captured their second consecutive World Series title in 1993.
But regardless of all the agony Toronto's teams have given fans on the field, court and ice, the city certainly has its charms if you're a sports lover. Here's how we rate Canada's largest municipality in terms of its sports culture.