This post doesn’t have anything to do with a geographical location, although I have written about the Staples Center in the past. The idea for this post actually came from a conversation I was having with a friend of mine who is a hockey fan. He was talking about how shocked he was that most people in Los Angeles pay almost no attention to the Kings except for when they are in the playoffs or the Stanley Cup. Despite the fact that the Kings are the city’s only team to recently win (or even come very close to winning) a title in a major sport, most people are almost unaware of their existence. This quickly segued into the fact that their is almost no excitement in Los Angeles for the impending arrival of the Los Angeles Rams, whereas people in most cities would be ecstatic about the prospect of receiving an NFL team.
This topic spurred me to think about the way Los Angeles is much more scattered than most other cities, and where that division comes from. In many cities, almost the entire community rallies around a single team, sometimes not even a professional one. In Los Angeles, on the other hand, we are completely spoiled with the amount of teams that represent us. We have multiple professional teams in the MLB and NBA, with several powerhouse college teams in major sports as well. Although this is an amazing benefit of living in Los Angeles, it also compromises the sense of community in some ways. For instance, even fans of basketball in Los Angeles can be divided, as there is often no love lost between fans of the Lakers and Clippers. While I think we should be appreciative of the rich sports culture that Los Angeles provides, we should also be conscious of the sense of community that may have been lost along the way.