Defining Large, Mid, and Small Markets

Oftentimes you’ll hear that Team X is a Large Market team or that Team Y is a Small Market Team.  But aside from knowing that the Yankees are a large market team and Pittsburgh is a small market team, how are the other teams defined?  And what exactly is a mid market team? Using readily available data, this article will categorize the 30 teams into these three tiers by three separate categories: Metro Population, Payroll, and...

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Major League Baseball is a different world

I was watching the Monday Night Football game tonight, between the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys. I’m a Steelers fan, but I don’t really root against any team, so outside of my love for the NFL, I was neutral in tonight’s contest (well, unless you count my fantasy football interests). After watching the second half I grew extremely frustrated with Carolina. They couldn’t tackle, they couldn’t...

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Pittsburgh is a Small Market

The Steelers have won their sixth Super Bowl, despite playing in a “small market”. What exactly is a “small market”? If we’re talking about city sizes, it could be a small town in Virginia with no high rises, and a relatively small population. If we’re talking sports teams, it’s still a gray matter. Pittsburgh is considered a small market in baseball, but some point to the success of the...

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