It seems like a distant memory, but in the 70’s and 80’s, Birmingham leaders were plotting to recruit an NFL football franchise to Birmingham. I don’t know how close we came, but we obviously felt there was a possibility.
Of course, we weren’t successful while other Southern Cities like Jacksonville, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Nashville recruited teams.
The University of Alabama and Auburn also left Birmingham.
Look how far we’ve fallen.
Birmingham has probably had more failed professional football franchises than any other city in America.
- The Birmingham Americans
- The Birmingham Fire
- The Birmingham Stallions
- The Birmingham Steel Magnolias
- The Alabama Steeldogs
And it gets worse.
In 2011, The Sporting News ranked Birmingham as the 127th best sports city.
And according to annual rankings of the same year from a sister publication of the Birmingham Business Journal, Birmingham ranked as the 154th minor league market.
127th best sports city
154th minor league market
Now, that’s depressing.
Aren’t we ready to speak with a common voice so we can get our sports reputation back?
David Sher’s goal is to create a conversation on how to fix our fragmented and dysfunctional local government.
David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 Content Marketing and co-CEO of AmSher Receivables Management. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (ONB), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).