Ohio is home to eight major league professional sports teams: the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball, the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns of the National Football League, the Cleveland Rockers of the Women's National Basketball Association, and the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. The state also has a team in the World Hockey Association (the Cleveland Barons) and now has a team in the NBA G League (the Canton Charge).
In addition, since 2000, two more teams have called Ohio their home: the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL and the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. Both teams moved to their current locations in 1996 and 1997, respectively.
The state is so popular with baseball fans that it is referred to as the "Buckeye State." The Cleveland Indians are the most successful franchise in Ohio history, having won 11 Major League Baseball championships. Other notable teams include the Cincinnati Red Stockings, one of the original National League clubs; the Brooklyn Dodgers, who played in New York but were owned by an Ohioian; and the St. Louis Cardinals, who have won more national titles than any other team.
There are several reasons why baseball is so popular in Ohio. One reason is the relationship between baseball and its players' union. Unlike other professional sports leagues, baseball has always had strong ties with its players.
Sports teams in the major leagues Edit: Major professional sports teams in Ohio include baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and rugby union. In addition, the city is home to two minor league baseball teams - the Lakewood BlueClaws and the Cleveland Indians. The city's NBA team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, moved to downtown Cleveland after leaving the old Quicken Loans Arena on Rockville Rd. In 2016, the Cavs played their home games at the new Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, but will move into a new arena in 2018.
Ohio has 12 college campuses with major sports programs including Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Kent State University, and Wright State University.
The state is also home to two professional sports teams that it shares with Pennsylvania - the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates. In addition, there are three other major professional sports teams located in other cities - the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, and MLS's Columbus Crew SC.
The Cincinnati Reds (Major League Baseball), Cleveland Indians (Major League Baseball), Cincinnati Bengals (National Football League), Cleveland Browns (National Football League), Cleveland Cavaliers (National Basketball Association), and Columbus Blue Jackets are the state's major professional sports teams (National Hockey League),...
Ohio is a sports-crazy state. It is home to some of the most famous athletes in American history, including Joe DiMaggio, Jim Brown, Barry Bonds, Bob Feller, Paul George, Jerry Rice, and Larry Bird. The state also has a long tradition of college football and basketball.
In 1869, Ohio became the first state to adopt baseball as its official sport, but that didn't prevent it from also adopting other sports such as golf, tennis, and ice hockey. In fact, Ohio was one of the early states to adopt ice hockey - the Cincinnati Arena opened its doors in 1900 - and was the home of the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues for five seasons from 1917-21. However, economic factors led to the team's relocation to Missouri. Today, Ohio is best known for its college sports.
The Ohio State University Buckeyes represent the state in all major sports except ice hockey. The only other Division I school in Ohio is Kent State, which does not have a men's basketball team.
There are many small colleges in Ohio that play football.