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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – NBA Finals begin May 30 and while Tampa doesn’t have a team of its own, it still holds the title of the worst city for basketball fans.

A new report from personal finance website, WalletHub, compared more than 290 of the largest cities in the country based on 21 metrics, ranging from the performance level of each city’s NBA and NCAA Division 1 basketball teams to ticket prices to stadium accessibility. 

Ranking No. 272 overall, it was no surprise that Tampa was last for its NBA category, considering the Big Guava has no professional basketball team and no basketball stadium.

Source: WalletHub

In the early 90s, Tampa-St. Petersburg presented formal applications to the NBA Expansion Committee, but NBA officials thought the Orlando Magic had a stronghold of the Central Florida market.

And the idea of an NBA team making Tampa its future home isn’t likely.

A 2015 ranking from SmartAsset placed the Tampa-St. Pete metro area at No. 8 on its list of cities with too many professional sports teams. 

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