Top sports cities in the U.S.

There’s nothing like starting an article with a ranking. Or several, in this case. After all, it is not so simple to declare which fans celebrate the most titles in America and which are the best sports cities, as there are several ways to analyze this. For this reason, we have put together a few lists.

Altogether, 145 teams are competing in basketball (NBA), football (NFL), baseball (MLB), and ice hockey (NHL) championships in the U.S.

The largest city (New York) is not the only one with teams in all five major sports leagues in the country, but it is the record holder. There are nine teams in New York. Los Angeles is pretty close, with eight teams. Chicago is next, with five.

Let’s check the lists!

New York (9)
New York Giants (NFL)
New York Jets (NFL)
New York Knicks (NBA)
Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
New York Yankees (MLB)
New York Mets (MLB)
New York Rangers (NHL)
New York Islanders (NHL)
New Jersey Devils (NHL)

Los Angeles (8)
Los Angeles Rams (NFL)
Los Angeles Chargers (NFL)
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)
Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)
Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Los Angeles Angels (NHL)

Chicago (5)
Chicago Bears (NFL)
Chicago Bulls (NBA)
Chicago Cubs (MLB)
Chicago White Sox (MLB)
Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)

Also, we built a ranking of titles from the main sports cities. In this analysis, the teams’ titles count for the city where the team played at the time of the conquest.

The ranking is counted in the simplest possible way: adding the titles of the four leagues.

New York – 52
Boston – 38
Los Angeles – 30
San Francisco Bay Area – 30
Chicago – 27
Detroit – 22
Pittsburgh – 16
Philadelphia – 10
St. Louis – 14
Cleveland – 11
Washington – 8
Miami – 7
Dallas – 7
Denver – 5
Minneapolis – 3
Tampa Bay – 2

And we have decided to get a little help from other specialists. So, here is a list of America’s best sports cities, according to Forbes.

#1 Boston

Teams: Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox
Total Championships: 38
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Red Sox, 1901
Signature Song: “Dirty Water” by The Standells

#2 Philadelphia

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phillies
Total Championships: 10
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Phillies, 1883
Famous Mascot: Phillie Phanatic

#3 San Francisco Bay Area

Teams: Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders*, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks
Total Championships: 30
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Giants (New York), 1883
Unique Eats: Gilroy garlic fries and garden-fresh vegetables at Oracle Park
*Team moved to Las Vegas in 2020.

#4 Chicago

Teams: Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox
Total Championships: 27
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Cubs, 1876
Signature Song: “Sirius” by The Allan Parsons Project (The Bulls)

#5 Minneapolis

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild
Total Championships: 3
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Twins (Washington), 1901
Famous Rally Cry: Vikings fans’ “Skol” chant

#6 Dallas

Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars
Total Championships: 7
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Cowboys, 1960
Iconic Tradition: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

#7 Detroit

Teams: Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers
Total Championships: 22
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Tigers, 1894
Famous Fan Tradition: Octopus toss at Little Caesars Arena

#8 Denver

Teams: Colorado Avalanche, Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rockies
Total Championships: 5
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Broncos, 1960
Unique Eats: Rocky Mountain oysters at Coors Field

#9 Miami

Teams: Florida Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Miami Marlins
Total Championships: 7
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Dolphins, 1966
Famous Fan Tradition: Rat toss onto the rink at the Panthers’ BB&T Center

#10 Los Angeles

Teams: Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Rams
Total Championships: 30
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Dodgers (Brooklyn), 1883
Famous Mascot: The Angels’ Rally Monkey

#11 New York / New Jersey

Teams: New Jersey Devils, New York Giants, New York Islanders, New York Jets, New York Knicks, New York Mets, Brooklyn Nets, New York Rangers, New York Yankees
Total Championships: 52
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Yankees, 1901
Famous Rally Cry: Rangers fans’ “Potvin sucks” chant

#12 Washington, D.C.

Teams: Washington Capitals, Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards, Washington NFL club*
Total Championships: 8
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Redskins (Boston), 1932
Stadium Tradition: National Park’s presidents mascot race
*Team owner Dan Snyder announced the franchise would retire the Redskins name on July 13; a new name is pending.

#13 Phoenix

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns
Total Championships: 3
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Cardinals (Chicago), 1920
Best Stadium Tradition: Pool at the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field

#14 Pittsburgh

Teams: Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers
Total Championships: 16
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Pirates, 1882
Famous Fan Tradition: Steelers fans’ Terrible Towel waving

#15 Cleveland

Teams: Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians
Total Championships: 11
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Indians, 1894
Unique Eats: Slider Dog with Fruit Loops at the Indians’ Progressive Field


#20 Tampa Bay

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays
Total Championships: 2
Oldest Team & Debut Year: Buccaneers, 1976
Famous Fan Tradition: Lightning fans’ Sticks of Fire march

What did you think about these rankings for the best sports cities? Are you planning to visit one of these places and would like to attend a game there?

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