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HOW DO CITIES MEASURE UP AS MAJOR LEAGUE?
Published April 3, 1995
Whether a city is capable of supporting an MLB team is examined by Ty Ahmad-Taylor in the Sunday N.Y. TIMES. Money and fans are "just two factors in deciding where teams play," as the piece notes that some cities have been awarded teams after threatening legal action against the league's antitrust exemption. Economists say an MLB team can make it in a metropolitan area with: 1) a population over one million; 2) a high percentage of men between 18 and 54; 3) per capita income above the national average; 4) high population growth; and, 5) a high proportion of businesses with more than 500 employees -- likely to buy luxury suites. 55 metropolitan areas with at least one million in population were measured against the four necessities of supporting a team: 27 areas were classified as definitely able to support an MLB team; nine were listed as "possibly" able; 19 not able (N.Y. TIMES, 4/2). Cities in caps do not have an MLB team or expansion franchise. DEFINITELY CAN SUPPORT A TEAM: L.A./Long Beach; New York; Chicago; Philadelphia; WASHINGTON; Detroit; Houston; Atlanta; Boston; DALLAS (separate from Fort Worth); Twin Cities; Orange County; Baltimore; Phoenix/Mesa; Seattle/ Bellevue; Oakland; PORTLAND, OR; Kansas City; San Francisco; SAN JOSE; Ft. Worth/Arlington; INDIANAPOLIS; COLUMBUS; CHARLOTTE; HARTFORD; MIDDLESEX, NJ; LAS VEGAS. COULD POSSIBLY SUPPORT A TEAM: San Diego; NEWARK; Denver; Cincinnati; SACRAMENTO; ORLANDO; BERGEN CO., NJ; GREENSBORO/WINSTON-SALEM; ROCHESTER. CAN NOT SUPPORT A TEAM: RIVERSIDE/SAN BERNANDINO; NASSAU/SUFFOLK; St. Louis; Pittsburgh; Cleveland; Tampa Bay; Miami; NORFOLK/NEWPORT NEWS; Milwaukee; SAN ANTONIO; FT. LAUDERDALE; NEW ORLEANS; BUFFALO; SALT LAKE CITY; PROVIDENCE; MEMPHIS; NASHVILLE; MONMOUTH, NJ; OKLAHOMA CITY (N.Y. TIMES, 4/2).