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Grand Rapids - Comstock, Michigan Ranked in Sports Business Journal's 2022 Top 10 Minor League Markets

September 20, 2022 - NBA G League (G League) - Grand Rapids Gold News Release

Grand Rapids-Comstock Park, Michigan was just ranked No. 6 in the Sports Business Journal 2022 Top Minor League Markets. The Sports Business Journal began publishing this ranking in 2005 and has produced the top 10 list every year since. Due to the impact of the pandemic, the 2021 study was postponed to this year. This year's study included 195 markets, 34 leagues, and 320 professional teams.

The Gold's move downtown to Van Andel Arena has been noted as a reason for this ranking. David Broughton stated, "The arena was renovated in 2020, and this summer's relocation of the Gold from an old arena in the suburbs to Van Andel downtown should certainly provide the market a boost."

In 2019, Grand Rapids-Comstock Park, Michigan ranked No.1 in the Top 10 Minor League Markets. Grand Rapids has ranked in the Top 10 list a total of 4 times.

"The majority of each market's total score comes from its ability to retain its franchises, maintain the venues and attract spectators to games." David Broughton of the Sports Business Journal stated. Grand Rapids, MI had a 2022 score of 73.78.

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