ranks Cincinnati as one of worst cities for sports fans

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

Forbes magazine has ranked the "worst cities for sports fans," and Cincinnati is near the top of the list.

The magazine ranks the Queen City as the fifth-worst city, behind Miami, San Diego, Indianapolis and New York.

The rankings were based on a comparison to median household income figures from the U.S. Census Bureau to the average cost for fans to attend a game. Those metros with the lowest ratios of income to ticket cost were deemed most expensive for fans. The average cost to attend a game was based on the prices of four tickets, two small beers, four small sodas, four hot dogs, parking, two game programs and two inexpensive team caps.

Those ratios were then compared to team performance, with regular season won-lost records and playoff outcomes combined for all teams in a given city. In Cincinnati, the median houshold income was listed at $44,914, while the average fan cost is $265.78. The Reds' and Bengals' combined winning percentage was .437, which ranks 24th out of 29 major sports metros.

"Talk about a sports wilderness," the magazine writes about Cincinnati. "The Reds are headed for their eighth straight losing season. The Bengals' 11-5 record in 2005 was their only winning mark since 1990. Yet costs for fans run higher than in Denver or Phoenix, whose teams have gone well over .500 this year."

The best cities were Detroit, Houston and San Francisco.