Atlanta Overdue For Championships In The Championship Marketplace

Bo DonnellyContributor IMay 5, 2009

Over the last few years, it has become more and more apparent to me how difficult it is to win a championship. Somehow, I got involved competitively in fantasy sports, and what I found surprised me...everyone tries as hard as I do... 

Da da, such a revelation, but through the experiences of these leagues, I have become much more acclimated to the championship mindset that athletes and franchises have when they are genuinely competitive. 

When I look back at where I was and where I am in my understanding of these things, I turn kind of pale these days. Unfortunately, I think most of the Atlanta sports fans have been a sort of a victim of the same sort of troubles with understanding the incredible efforts that go into winning championships.

Overall, Atlanta has just one championship to its credit in over 40 years of effort in the sports marketplace, the 1995 Atlanta Braves. I would like to add that Evander Holyfield is a champion of boxing, and that should not be overlooked. 

However, the Atlanta sports franchises have long toiled in vain for the most part.

So what's the problem with Atlanta? Funny thing, Atlanta is a great city...sort of the best of all worlds. We have year round golf, a superior business structure and community, and great, friendly citizens. All would seem fine, but, as they say, "things are not always as they appear."

As great as the people are and as great as the business community is in Atlanta, they seem to have overlooked the opportunities represented by pro sports. Competition from college sports and hunting and fishing have led to a sort of a hands off approach to the management of our sports franchises. 

Also, Atlanta is a city of primarily transients. Some of the transients residing in Atlanta have become active in the Atlanta sports scene, but many retain their loyalties and allegiances, which is, of course, a natural occurance. 

However, native Atlantans, often lukewarm to pro sports, have not through the years managed to convince Atlanta's transient population of the benefits of successful local pro sports teams.

For sure, Atlanta is an unusual market for sports. Honestly, about the best the city could probably hope for is to somehow convince people who love living in the city that supporting the local sports teams, if even as their second or third favorite team, benefits the community and they themselves. 

It's a difficult message to get across to folks, so Atlanta's real pro sports fans have just had to sort of hold on and ride out the storms. To say the least it's been difficult, but it's becoming more and more apparent that Atlanta's sports fans, in general, are beginning to see the value in supporting the local pro sports teams. 

The results over the last ten years or so have been manifest in better and more reliable support and success.

Atlanta was very late into the pro sports marketplace, and the challenges of the market will always be here to one extent or another, but perhaps the people of "the green patch" can pull things together and begin to bring championships to the city. 

Absolutely, the local Atlanta sports teams are in debt to the local fans.  Maybe, with a little hard work, they'll be able to repay us soon~!

Hoping so!