Most Championships By City (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL)
|I've decided not to include soccer teams in this list, partially they are not on the same level in eyes of the average fan but also because I would have to get into the sticky issue of whether or not to include the NASL. Then there's the ASL, but that would open up even more possibilities for the other sports. So to keep it simple, here's a list consisting of only the four major American sports leagues.|
With their Super Bowl win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Steelers have now bumped up their home city to sole possession of 9th place in the overall standings.
1) NFL titles from 1966-69 after the creation of the Super Bowl but before the merger of the NFL and AFL are not counted. Rather, the Super Bowl champion is used. This results in Kansas City and New York getting an additional championship instead of Baltimore and Minneapolis.
2) Anaheim's two titles (MLB, NHL) were included under Los Angeles. Otherwise they have 2 and LA has 16.
3) Brooklyn Dodgers are awarded to NY, while the NFL's Frankfort Yellow Jackets are credited to Philadelphia. Suburbs are not considered separate. Overall, these things are pretty clear cut except for Anaheim.
4) The top 5 most populous cities without a championship are San Diego, San Jose, Jacksonville, Columbus, and Austin. However, two of those have featured MLS champions. This is the city population only, not the metro area population.
5) Canada still has won more NHL titles than the USA by a score of 50-40.
6) If states were ranked instead of cities, California and Pennsylvania would be tied for third with 30 titles. The lower part of the top ten would look pretty interesting: Ontario 8th (19), Ohio (16), Missouri and Wisconsin (tied at 14), followed by Texas (12) in 12th. Florida (7) ranks tied for 14th. This is with counting the actual city in the team's name, not the suburb (so East Rutherford, NJ is counted for New York instead).
7) The cities who currently have teams in these leagues, but no title are 14 in number:
Salt Lake City
That's not counting the New Jersey Nets (East Rutherford, NJ) and Minnesota Wild (Saint Paul) as separate cities.
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