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Lexington Ranked 13th Best City For SEC Sports Fans

Yesterday, the folks of Mugatu Movoto Real Estate released their rankings of the best cities in the SEC to be a sports fan.

  1. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
  2. Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
  3. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  4. University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
  5. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  6. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  7. University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  8. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  9. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  10. Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  11. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  12. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  13. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  14. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Kentucky barely edged out Nashville at the bottom of the list. Woah, woah, woah. We’ll get to Nashville landing in 14th but dropping both Starkville (2nd…what?) and Columbia, MO in front of Lexington, that’s just an outrage. So how does such a list happen? Here’s the criteria

  • Tailgating
  • Sports bar per capita
  • Sports radio stations per capita
  • Total conference titles (football, basketball, baseball)
  • Total national championships (football, basketball, baseball)
  • Total number of students vs. a city’s population
  • Wins over rival (football)
  • Wins over rival (basketball)
  • Average fan attendance vs. arena capacity (football)
  • Average fan attendance vs. arena capacity (basketball)

And how the teams ranked:

So how’d Kentucky stack up in those categories?

Tailgating 10th

Kentucky’s scene may not be the grove but Saturday’s in Lexington are pretty hard to beat. Especially when Keeneland is in session and you can complete the double feature. Considering the shape of Commonwealth, a terrible product on the field, and Cap banning music you can also see where tailgating could take a hit. There are much bigger issues than tailgating with this list.

Kentucky’s rival was Louisville for this ranking:
Wins over rival (football): 14th
Wins over rival (basketball): 14th

14th!? We beat the Cards 4 out of 5 times including one in the final four and end up dead last? The only logical explanation for this is the author looked at just one year of data. Very good in depth research there.

Average fan attendance vs. arena capacity (football) : 14th
Average fan attendance vs. arena capacity (basketball): 1th


Any list where Starkville is ranked second best city in the SEC is clearly flawed. Thoughts?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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36 Comments for Lexington Ranked 13th Best City For SEC Sports Fans

  1. UK22
    9:36 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    I think rival ratings are a little high here.

  2. Malcolm
    9:38 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, but is Hitachi hiring in any of those other cities?

  3. Hmm
    9:41 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    The better question is “Who is Movoto Real Estate?”…

  4. Captian Some Ting Wong
    9:43 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Yea! Lets hear more about from the Hitachi guys! Their post are definitely better than anything on KSR college!!!

  5. Ares
    9:44 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Wins over rival basketball 14????????? Ah who do they consider our rival and what is UK’s record against oh almost everyone

  6. dc
    9:45 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Very weird criteria. A. the smaller the city somehow better for sports B. How did they decide our basketball rival if somehow we have worst record of all teams c. Sports radio decides sports towns really d. lexington doesn’t have a ton of sports bars but a lot of bars that are great for big games like two keys tin roof etc.

  7. ?
    9:45 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Tailgating at UK is not great. Yes, if Keeneland is in session going to Keeneland is awesome, but what dose that have to do with the giant antiseptic parking lot that surrounds Commonwealth? The shape of Commonwealtn? WTF? Cap banning music? WTF? That was in one small area. In your discussion you mention twofactors, and do a crap job on both. OK, I will agree that it is hard to justify Starville ahead of anyone on anything, but there needs to be a better justification than this. Why is it that more and more one gets the impression that those who “write” for this site are 17 year olds who don’t have a single moments training in how to write and formulate an argument?

  8. Killer kyle
    9:47 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    A rediculus list. I do not usually comment but I saw this and I was blown away! I agree with the one year reference but I also think this is a bogus list in general. How can Nashville be #14 . That alone proves that this is based on football winners alone.

  9. Not surprised
    9:54 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Not surprised. Way too liberal to have fun.
    Bunch of Muslim loving free loaders.
    Yay Obama.
    Planned Parenthood.

    Damn embarrassment to admit I am from KY.

    9:58 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    We’re ranked 14th in wins over rivals in basketball? How is that possible? We’ve dominated our rivals.

  11. Huh?
    9:58 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not sure what I’m more upset about: the poll or the fact that someone on KSR actually put it on the site.

  12. SeoulCat
    10:11 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    As someone who started off in a small “college town” (Clemson) before transferring to UK, I can assure you that town size is analogous to the source of a man’s worth: bigger most certainly is better.

  13. derpdeedoo
    10:18 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    When your bars close at 1 and you cannot buy alcohol after 1 you normally come in last place. 🙁 At least you don’t live in NKY and have to deal with Cincy sports. #sadpanda

  14. hosier Wlldcat
    10:20 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    I gan git Alabama because of football. However up until Joker we had a great football following even when we were not so good. The rest of the schools ahead of us are all about football. You can walk up at game time and get a good seat for basketball unless they are playing Kentucky. Give us three or four more years more years and we will top this list unless it is crooked.

  15. serdi
    10:50 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s use the category….Best places to live work and play.
    Lexington and Nashville would be at the top of the list. Oxford Mississippi is the last southern place in the United States and I mean that in a great way. Tuscaloosa, AL. Yes the UofA is a beautiful campus. But beyond that Tuscaloosa? Have you been there? Ugly town. Not much going on. Baton Rouge…Cancer Chemical Alley. Really? Does not hold a candle to Lexington or Nashville. Starkville? Really? These rankings prove the long time theory of you can make data and statistics say anything…because on a national scale, a southeastern scale, Lexington and Nashville by any true quality of place measurement that companies use to determine whether to locate their business, the arts, parks, recreation, on and on….the last two cities in the categories that this incredible survey was taken placed the best and most desirable cities in the group last. Best true college town, Oxford, hand down.

  16. CPACAT
    11:14 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Notice how the largest cities have the lower rankings on any per capita category…. Makes sense… A town with 200,000 and 10 sports radio stations (which would be WAY too many) would score 1/20,000 residents and a town of 15,000 (like Auburn, AL) with 1 station would score “higher” a 1/15,000 residents. Not a great statistic to use per capita. NYC has less bars per capita than Clareyville, Kentucky does….so why doesn’t everyone flock to Clareyville.

  17. BradinMississippi
    11:23 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    They had Louisville as our rival. A team we have only been playing for 25 years. No wonder we don’t have as manyw wins

  18. pfife
    11:29 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Well, UK has the worst student section by far in the SEC. It is embarrassing how they try to start ‘the wave’ on crucial defensive possessions in conference games (Party like it’s 1984?) I’m not saying don’t drink and have fun with your girl, but geesh! Have a little perspective. Why the pep band constantly plays “Cold hearted Snake” by Paula Abdul is another 80s mystery.

  19. SWilliams0070
    11:36 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    That’s silly Lexington far exceeds a few more (what up Oxford), and hell even Nashville should be higher. I love that town!

  20. SECFAN
    11:47 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Who is Movoto Real Estate? I have tailgated at a lot of UK football games on the road in the SEC. The most beautiful tailgating sight I ever saw in my life continues to be be Commonwealth Stadium.

  21. Marvb
    12:19 am July 13, 2013 Permalink

    That’s hogwash!!

  22. JohnnyWoo
    12:31 am July 13, 2013 Permalink

    It seems they have instead come up with an equation for finding the smallest and least livable towns in the SEC. Flip the rankings upside down, and it’s a pretty accurate list of “Best Cities To Live In” in the SEC. Nashville #1, Lexington #2, etc.

  23. Ash
    12:39 am July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Why in the [email protected]$ would u post this. The criteria used for this analysis is a joke. Matt jones why would u let someone post this nonsense

  24. Bob
    12:43 am July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Cassidy. Who let you write on this site

  25. Cannon
    12:49 am July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hahaha. Miss state # 2 uk #13…pretty bad assessment. I’ve been to 6 of these campuses and only 1 was better for sec sports. Not to mention UK has by far the largest fan base with Bamako coming close behind….kinda. Talk about an irrelevant article

  26. El Guapo
    4:57 am July 13, 2013 Permalink

    I think we’re talking about “college sports towns”. Which means towns where the college and the college atmosphere dominate. As for towns like Lexington and especially Nashville, a casual visitor stepping off the airplane might not even know there’s a university there. They’re cities that happen to have a college, as opposed to Oxford or Gainesville, where cities have grown up to support a college. If UK were in, say, Richmond instead of Lexington, the same thing would apply. While Lexington might be a fine place for a person to work and raise a family, let’s face it: it’s a pretty dull college town. Does it even HAVE an 18-and-up bar, for example? What in Lexington is geared specifically toward college students and isn’t already on campus? On a football game day in Lexington, if you avoided Nicholasville Road, you might not even know there’s an SEC game going on. In Gainesville or Oxford, kind of tough of ignore.

    Tangentially, basketball is a distant second down the list of what makes an SEC school great as far as atmosphere. There’s no tailgating a basketball game. You can only fit so many people into Yesterdays. And those tickets are all owned by rich old people. The weather sucks. We love basketball because we’re good at it and we suck something awful at football, which is what everybody else in the conference cares about.

    As a side note, I have no idea how baseball championships made this list, or who outside LSU even noticed.

  27. cathalchan
    7:38 am July 13, 2013 Permalink

    That could be the dumbest topic for rankings I have ever seen. Someone has far too much time on their hands.

  28. Movoto Real Estate
    7:51 am July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Tune in next week as we count down the greatest places to get a chili dog for Pac-12 fans and other meaningless, purely opinionated topics!

  29. theSkinny81
    8:37 am July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Starkville at #2??

    Credibility: lost….

  30. fb
    10:33 am July 13, 2013 Permalink

    It’s obvious that the higher number is better. Nashville is by far #1.

  31. rj
    12:31 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    don’t we have 8 national championships and more conference titles in basketball than the rest of the SEC combined?

  32. JordanW
    3:05 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    #10… You’re right, win over rivals, we should be #1… This is an incorrect # therefore rending this chart incorrect.

  33. Things left out ofthis post
    3:16 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    That Are relevant: (from the site doing the rankings)
    “We look at various criteria and rank each city. In this case, each SEC city received a score from 1 to 14 across 10 criteria.”

    Hense: UK ranked: 3 in NC, 1 in conference titles, yada, yada.

  34. Peyton Croft
    4:50 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    I was there for the state tournament this year and it was hare to find anywhere to eat after 11PM Central time, everything good was shut down! Why is this?

  35. Austin
    6:06 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    How is UK’s sports radio broadcast rated so low when the university broadcasts its games over one of the strong radio frequencies in the country (84 WHAS, which can still be heard in freaking florida)plus Matt’s show, Leach’s show, etc. Seriously how are they computing some of these categories.

  36. Yep
    11:27 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Kills me how our fans think going to Keeneland is part of football. It just proves the ranking in this article right. The only reason people are going to Keeneland is because UK game day isn’t very good. There are no bars close to the stadium, and the stadium is in a wide open field. Very un-SEC like atmosphere. Get some shuttle service back and forth from Tin Roof/Two Keys to the stadium already. Visiting fans don’t have parking passes and some folks don’t have big tailgate groups. Football talk on local radio is the worst in the South, and it doesn’t matter which city in Kentucky you are in. They just don’t stack up to the rest of the South.