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Forbes: Atlanta No. 2 'Most Miserable Sports City 2013'

6:41 AM, Aug 5, 2013   |    comments
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(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Atlanta is second only to Seattle on Forbes' 2013 list of the country's "Most Miserable Sports Cities."

But it's an improvement from 2012, when Atlanta took the top spot. Atlanta also scored the No. 2 spot in 2011.

In explaining Atlanta's No. 2 ranking on this year's list, Forbes said:

Oh, those Braves. Always near the top of the standings, but only hoisting the World Series trophy once at the end during a run of 14 straight division titles from 1991 to 2005. Meantime, the city's two NHL franchises now play where people care about hockey, in Calgary and Winnipeg.

Seattle took the top spot in large part, Forbes said, because:

Seattle teams have competed in 115 cumulative seasons, advancing to at least the semifinal round of the playoffs 11 times, with just a single ring by the 1979 Sonics to show for their efforts.

Forbes' photo gallery of the Top 10 "Most Miserable Sports Cities" is titled, "Where They Let The Fans Down The Most." The gallery is introduced with this statement, "Sometimes it's about leading your fans to the cusp of a title only to let them down in the end. It's happened most in these 10 cities over the years."

The Forbes 2013 Top 10 Most Miserable Sports Cities are:
1). Seattle
2). Atlanta
3). Phoenix
4). Buffalo
5). San Diego
6). Cleveland
7). Kansas City
8). Houston
9). Washington, D.C.
10). Denver

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