There have been World Series titles and Super Bowl Championships. New stadiums have risen and Olympic dreams have been crushed. It's been an exciting and, at times, heartbreaking two decades for city sports fans. As NY1's 20/20 Vision series continues, an exclusive NY1/Marist poll asks New Yorkers to weigh in on their favorite teams of the past 20 years and their hopes for the next 20. NY1's Budd Mishkin filed the following report.
With 11 professional sports teams in the area, New Yorkers have plenty of options to root for.
In the last 20 years, it's clear which team has stood out from all the rest. Five World Championships, eight pennants and 15 playoff appearances has 63 percent of New Yorkers who responded to our NY1/Marist poll saying the Yankees are the best sports team in the area.
Two Super Bowl titles for the Giants still puts them a distant second at 15 percent, with the Mets, Knicks, Jets and Rangers bringing up the rear.
There is plenty of optimism for some of the New York teams who haven't won a championship in the past 20 years. 62 percent of New Yorkers polled feel the Jets are likely to win the Super Bowl for the first time since 1969 in the next 20 years, while 55 percent say the Knicks will win their first championship since 1973 and 52 percent think the Mets will win their first World Series since 1986.
One thing, though, that most New Yorkers agree on, is that attending sporting events has gotten much harder in the past 20 years.
"You have your tickets for your seats and your food and beverages, you could easily be at $100-plus for a game," said one New Yorker.
"I feel like there were more discounts even 10 years ago for the Yankees and the Knicks," said a second.
"It has been more expensive due to these players making so much in their salary," said a third.
But that doesn't mean New Yorkers aren't afraid to host some big events. New York City was hopeful that the Olympics would take place here in 2012 but London was awarded the games instead. However, in the next 20 years, just a little over half of residents polled feel New York City will finally get the chance to host the games.
"To come and host something like that, it would be fantastic," said one New Yorker.
"The Olympics generates so much tourism," said a second. "It generates so much additional revenue for the city that it would be great."
In the next 20 years, all of us will likely enjoy our team's wins, bemoan the losses, complain about ticket prices and still keep on watching.