Originally written on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 11/10/14
SportsBusiness Journal has released its fifth installment of its every-other-year rankings of 235 minor league markets. The study encompasses 408 teams in five sports, including minor league baseball, of course. Others are basketball, hockey, indoor football and soccer. The St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliate cities from Double-A to short-season rookie level scored as follows. The 2011 and 2009 rankings are listed for comparison purposes. 2013 rank 2011 2009 Market Other teams included 35 29 46 Johnson City, Tenn. 55 114 6 Peoria, Ill Peoria Rivermen – hockey 104 78 127 Palm Beach County, Fla. Jupiter Hammerheads – Marlins 118 121 99 Springfield, Mo. 133 141 113 State College, Penn. For the second consecutive study, the Cardinals Appalachian League location of Johnson City, Tennessee, scores best of the five cities included. Peoria, Illinois also ranked well, in the top 25 percent. It was a nice rebound after a huge drop in 2011. Palm Beach, Florida a...

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