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Best and worst cities for football enthusiasts.

With NFL training camps opening last month and the preseason schedule beginning this month--and the NCAA gearing up for yet another pigskin campaign to determine a national champion--the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2017's Best & Worst Cities for Football Fans.

To identify the best cities for grid enthusiasts, WalletHub analyzed 244 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional football team, based on 17 key metrics, ranging from the number of NFL and college teams to average ticket prices.

The 10 best cities, starting at No. 1, are Green Bay, Wis.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; New York; Dallas, Texas; Boston, Mass.; Seattle, Wash.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Glendale, Ariz.; and Minneapolis, Minn.

The 10 worst cities, from the bottom up, are Davidson, N.C.; Pine Bluff, Ark.; New Britain, Conn.; Lexington, Va.; Amherst, Mass.; East Hartford, Conn.; Valparaiso, Ind.; Cape Girardeau, Mo.; DeLand, Fla.; and Worcester, Mass.

As for best versus worst:

* The New England Patriots' performance level is four times better than the Jacksonville Jaguars' and Cleveland Browns'.

* The Alabama Crimson Tide's performance level is 33 times better than the Austin Peay Governors'.

* Jacksonville, Fla., has the lowest average ticket price for an NFL game, $61.40; Chicago, III.; the highest, $131.90.

* Charlotte, N.C., has the highest NFL team popularity index, while San Francisco, Calif., is the city with the lowest.

Caption: While the present-day Cleveland Browns continue to struggle, the Ohio-based team, under namesake head coach Paul Brown, reached its league championship game during the franchise's first 10 years in existence (1946-55).

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Title Annotation:The Gridiron
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Date:Aug 1, 2017
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