By Steve Sanders
© 2007 The Augusta Chronicle
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Among sports fans nationwide, Augusta is best known for its one week of major championship golf each April.
However, the rest of the city’s professional sports scene has become a major player in the minor leagues, according to a recent ranking in a national publication.
SportsBusiness Journal ranked Augusta 21st in the nation among “Best Minor League Markets,” in the Aug. 20-26 edition. Among markets in the Southeast, only Shreveport, La., at No. 17, ranked higher.
“I think this ranking speaks volumes to the quality of minor league sports in Augusta,” Mayor Deke Copenhaver said. “The ranking should help us continue to recruit more businesses and residents to the area. To be in a community that has minor league sports with the quality we have is a strong selling point.”
Augusta features the Class A GreenJackets baseball team of the South Atlantic League, the Lynx hockey team of the ECHL and the Spartans indoor football team of the World Indoor Football League.
“It just affirms why we believe Augusta is a great market, and we want to keep hockey in Augusta for that reason,” Lynx general manager and co-owner Dan Troutman said.