Barbara Schwarz, 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Sporting News says we’re the number one sports city for 2011 and writer Matt Crossman says that’s because the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship title.

Combine that with the Texas Rangers ride to the World Series in 2010 (and so far again in 2011, advancing to the ALCS) along with TCU winning the Rose Bowl and you’ve got the top sports city in the country.

Crossman says we’re number one despite the Cowboys being sub-par the year we hosted the Superbowl.

He also credits our sports success to Texas Motor Speedway, hosting both NASCAR and IndyCar races and the MLS Cup runner-up FC Dallas professional soccer team in Frisco.

Dallas beat out Boston, which won the Stanley Cup in 2011 for the top spot. Philadelphia is third, Chicago is fourth and New York is fifth.

Matt Crossman talks with KRLD’s Barbara Schwarz about the list

You can see the complete list of the Sporting News “Best Sports Cities” here.

(Editors note: We know that “Dallas” is more than just what the Sports Network thinks it is. It’s the entire Metroplex – including Fort Worth, Arlington, Frisco and all of the surrounding areas.)