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Last Year's Rank: 59
Title Track: 52
Fan Relations: 58
Stadium Experience: 60
Bang for the Buck: 28
Reds fans are a patient group. How else do you explain a 23-place improvement overall and a 44-spot spike in Players ranking despite eight straight losing seasons? "They're great fans, and Cincinnati is first and foremost a baseball town," says former Reds first baseman Sean Casey. "They still talk about the Big Red Machine, but they're craving a new face for the franchise." Top candidates? Popular homegrown players Jay Bruce and Joey Votto, who have more than made up for departed Ken Griffey Jr. The economic downturn has hit Ohio hard, and in response the Reds have brought back $5 seats to the Outer View Level. The team also unveiled a Baker's Dozen promotion that gives a free Friday, Saturday or Sunday ticket with the purchase of 12 weekend tickets. Hot dogs and soda are available for $1 each at two concession stands, and value meals of a dog, soda, chips and a baseball card for the kiddies can be had for $5. Even in the toughest times, Reds fans still see value in a trip to the ballpark. As Columbus blogger Russell Wight said recently, "We know that no matter what the state of the economy, our children will only be young once … watching the game through the eyes of a youngster is something you cannot put a price on." Ain't that America?
Brook Lopez had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat Atlanta 91-83 on Saturday to cut the Hawks' lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference series.
Six players were suspended and a seventh was fined for their roles in Thursday's Royals-White Sox brawl.
The NBA has fined Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle $25,000 for publicly criticizing the officials after Friday night's Game 3 loss to the Rockets.
Mark Sanchez doesn't seem worried about Tim Tebow's presence on the roster, calling him "another guy to throw while [Sam Bradford] is still recovering."
Five title sponsors of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao megafight had to pony up record amounts of money to get in on the action.
A powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on Saturday, killing nearly 1,400, collapsing modern houses and ancient temples and triggering a landslide on Mount Everest.
Olympic gold medalist and reality show star Bruce Jenner said that "for all intents and purposes, I am a woman" in an interview broadcast Friday night.
Mel Kiper and Todd McShay play GM for all 32 NFL teams, alternating mock draft picks for the first three rounds of the 2015 draft.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver expects the NBA to explore rule changes at upcoming meetings that would address rampant use of Hack-a-Shaq strategy that slows games and hurts entertainment value.
There's reality TV, and then there's something real. And Bruce Jenner's announcement Friday that he self-identifies as a transgender woman after years of speculation is one brave declaration.
The NBA says a foul should have been called on Stephen Curry's 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in regulation Thursday night.
On the final day of the first week of the Dallas Cowboys' offseason program, Greg Hardy and Davon Coleman had to be separated by teammates following an on-field argument, sources said.
If you are a college football coach in America, consider yourself cordially invited to attend Michigan's high school camp this summer.
After receiving the Nancy Lieberman Lifetime Achievement Award in Dallas recently, Tony Romo made a reference to bringing the Cowboys their first Super Bowl since 1995.
LeBron James made this incredible full-court shot look way too easy. Then Dwight Howard matched it -- in style.
Oklahoma State was placed on one-year probation by the NCAA for not following its drug testing policy and allowing a student group to engage in impermissible activities during recruiting visits.
The Jets will explore the possibility of trading up, said general manager Mike Maccagnan -- an acknowledgement that will, no doubt, fuel the Marcus Mariota speculation.
Weather disrupted NASCAR's top series for a second consecutive week when Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race was postponed because of persistent rain at Richmond International Raceway.
The odds of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight ending in a draw has been bet down to 8-1 after opening at 22-1.
Tiger Woods announced Friday that he will compete in the upcoming Players Championship, the PGA Tour's flagship event that he won two years ago and missed due to injury last year.
Point guard Tony Parker will play for the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 on Friday against the Clippers after experiencing tightness in his right Achilles tendon.