Across the Hudson River, the state of New Jersey is home to some of New York's franchises, notably the New York Jets, New York Giants, and New York Red Bulls. Other major-league teams based in New Jersey include the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, and Washington Nationals.
The New Jersey Devils are the only major professional sports team from New Jersey. They are members of the National Hockey League (NHL) and play at the Prudential Center in Newark. The team was founded as the Atlanta Thrashers in 1997 but moved to New Jersey and changed their name before the start of the 2009–10 season.
New Jersey has a long history of supporting baseball teams, with two Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises based in the state: the New York Yankees and the New Jersey Devils. The Yankees, who have won more World Series than any other franchise, are based in Bronx County, while the Devils play in Union County. Both teams have strong fan bases across New Jersey.
There are also three NBA teams based in New Jersey: the Nets, Knicks, and Liberty. The Nets played in Brooklyn until they moved to Newark after the conclusion of the 1957–58 season. The Knicks started out in Chicago but now play in Manhattan.
The greater New York metropolitan area is home to two NFL teams (the New York Giants and the New York Jets, both of which play in New Jersey), two NBA teams (the Knicks and Nets), two MLB teams (the Yankees and Mets), three NHL teams (the Rangers, the Islanders, and the New Jersey Devils), and two MLS teams (NYCFC and the New York Red Bulls, who also play in New Jersey).
In addition, the Empire State is home to four college football programs: Syracuse University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, and Army National Guard team the Buffalo Bills. The state is also home to one program from another league of sports champions: Boston College basketball.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was a native of New York City, while the Mets' principal owner is based in Queens. The other major professional sports franchises are located in other states: the Senators in D.C., the Cowboys and Redskins in Maryland, the Panthers in South Carolina, and the Jaguars in Florida.
New York has had a huge impact on sports throughout the years. With such famous athletes as Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, it's no surprise that baseball is by far the most popular sport in the state. The same can be said for the NFL; since the Giants and Jets moved to New Jersey, more people live in New York City than anywhere else in the country.
New York is home to eleven major league professional sports teams: the New York Yankees and New York Mets of Major League Baseball; the New York Giants, New York Jets (though their stadiums are in New Jersey), and Buffalo Bills of the National Football League; and the New York Knickerbockers (also known as the Knicks) of the National Basketball Association. The city's college basketball team, the Columbia Lions, played in the NIT from 1946 to 1952.
The Yankees and the Mets both play at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City. The other nine teams all play in either New York City or its surrounding suburbs. Two of them, the Jets and the Bills, don't have any connection with the New York metropolitan area. The Giants play in East Rutherford, New Jersey, about 20 minutes by car from Manhattan.
The NBA's Knicks play their games at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. However, they were originally based in Newark until they moved to New York in 1970. The NFL's once-mighty Giants also play in New York City, but they abandoned Brooklyn for East Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1954 when they moved into their current stadium, MetLife Stadium.
Brooklyn has a long history of supporting baseball teams. It was here that two of the most successful franchises in American sports history were born: the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League and the Brooklyn Robins/Boston Braves/Atlanta Braves of the American League. But now both those teams play their games in California.
The Jets have built a considerably larger North Jersey fan following as a result of playing their games in NJ since 1984 and having their training facility and headquarters in neighboring Florham Park, NJ. Many football fans in New Jersey, like me, support both the Giants and the Jets. The only thing that separates these two teams is which one they hate most. I'm sure many of you can relate to this same situation being involved with several sports teams due to your local team's success or failure.
New Jersey is the only state that can say it supports both an NFL team and an NBA team. The Nets currently play in Brooklyn but still represent New Jersey in all league matters including the NBA Draft. The Devils won the Stanley Cup last year becoming the first franchise from New Jersey to win the championship title.
There are three types of people in the world: those who love football, those who hate football, and those who watch football who can't make up their mind about football. - Mike Ditka
I'm a huge Giants fan so I obviously root for the Jets to fail every time they play them. But if the Jets were to ever become good again (which they are now) then I would have to switch my loyalty to them. It's crazy how popular the NFL is in New Jersey because there are people on both sides of the rivalry.
The New York City region currently has 11 teams: the Mets and Yankees; the Jets and Giants; the Knicks and Nets; the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders; and the Red Bulls and NYCFC. (Some may object to my include the two soccer teams, since their league is called Major League Soccer.) The Lizards are the only non-major sports team.
When these teams were formed or reformed they all had major league franchises except for the Mets and Yankees. In 1969 the Mets left Brooklyn for New York City while the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. The next year the Yankees left New York for Bronx County causing a major league city to lose its team. In 2001 the Mets returned to New York City but still play in Queens while the Yankees remain in Bronx County.
In 1978 Madison Square Garden became an NHL arena when the Rangers joined the league. Two years later the NBA's New Jersey Devils began play at the Meadowlands Arena now known as MetLife Stadium. In 1995 the NFL's Buffalo Bills moved to Jacksonville, Florida where they play today while in 2014 an expansion team was added to the New York City area roster with the arrival of MLS's Red Bulls.
There are plans to build a new baseball stadium in Queens that will be shared by the Mets and Yanks. It will replace Shea Stadium which opened in 1964. The new park is expected to open in 2020.