from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times,
The recent departures of Evan Longoria and Gerald McCoy and Nikita Kucherov’s recent crowning as the NHL’s MVP got the folks in the Tampa Bay Times Sports department wondering: Who is the face of Tampa Bay sports now?
I think it’s Steven Stamkos, and it’s probably not close.
But what about the other U.S. sports markets our size, with at least three franchises in North America’s traditional four major-league sports? This is not a scientific list. We did not check Q ratings, sneaker sales or endorsement deals. This is not a comprehensive list. We did not call experts or monitor Google trends.
This may not even be a smart list. But we’re hoping it’s a fun, quick and (barely) informative list of the faces of sports in other markets with at least three of the major professional sports leagues....
Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown and back-to-back MVP awards will forever earn him a place in Detroit lore, but his career has been fading for several years. Now that Steve Yzerman is back in Hockeytown USA as the Red Wings general manager and all-around savior, we bow to his Detroit popularity.