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Spotlight Sports Survey results

9. Which minor league team has the best chance to thrive in the Capital District?

A. Albany Devils (23.1 percent)

B. Albany Legends (3.8 percent)

* C. Tri-City ValleyCats (73.1 percent)

The ValleyCats aren't always the most competitive team in the New York-Penn League, but they are still the top draw among Capital District pro sports teams. Maybe it's because of the 1,000 mascots roaming the stands during home games (and that's only a slight exaggeration).

10. What pro sports league would succeed in the Capital District?

A. Major League Lacrosse (11.5 percent)

B. Arena Football League (19.2 percent)

C. NBA Development League (11.5 percent)

* D. None of the above (57.8 percent)

Apparently, a healthy percentage of people don't think any of the options I named could work in this region's sports market, even though we used to support minor league basketball when the players were only a phone call away from the NBA. Then again, when we don't support the teams that we have (outside of the ValleyCats), it's hard to imagine any pro league working here.

11. What major national/international sporting event could this region successfully bid for?

* A. NCAA Basketball Tournament (50 percent)

B. NCAA Hockey Tournament (42.4 percent)

C. United States Olympic Trials (3.8 percent)

D. 2022 Winter Olympics (3.8 percent)

Certainly Albany can get the NCAA basketball and hockey tournaments again, since we've already hosted those events in the past. But it would be nice if more people thought outside the box and considered the possibility of bidding for something involving the Olympics. Maybe once the Albany Convention Center is actually built

12. Who will run the Saratoga Race Course meet in 2011?

* A. NYRA (65.4 percent)

B. A private company (15.4 percent)

C. A state-run organization (19.2 percent)

Despite its financial instability, you believe that NYRA will survive to run Saratoga's 2011 meet. Hopefully, it won't take another last-minute state loan to do it.

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