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Sports in New York (state)

New York has two Major League Baseball teams, the New York Yankees (based in the Bronx) and the New York Mets (based in Queens). New York is home to three National Hockey League franchises: the New York Rangers in Manhattan, the New York Islanders in Long Island and the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo. New York has two National Basketball Association teams, the New York Knicks in Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn. New York has one Major League Soccer team: New York City FC. Although the New York Red Bulls represent the New York metropolitan area they play in Red Bull Arena, located in Harrison, New Jersey.

New York is the home of one National Football League team, the Buffalo Bills (based in the suburb of Orchard Park). Although the New York Giants and New York Jets represent the New York metropolitan area and were previously located in New York City, they play in MetLife Stadium, located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and both have their headquarters and training facilities in New Jersey. The Meadowlands stadium hosted Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, in which New York and New Jersey shared hosting duties.

There are a variety of minor league teams and leagues throughout the State of New York. The American Hockey League has five of its 30 teams in upstate New York. Baseball leagues that include New York in their territory include the class AAA International League (three teams), class AA Eastern League (the Binghamton Rumble Ponies), short-season Class A New York–Penn League (seven teams), independent professional Atlantic League (the Long Island Ducks), and amateur baseball leagues such as the New York Collegiate Baseball League, the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League and the Southwestern New York Men's Baseball League. Indoor American football has historically had very little presence in New York State compared to elsewhere, with only the Rochester Raiders currently playing as of 2014; a thriving amateur outdoor circuit with several leagues plays primarily in the summer months.

Numerous college sports teams play in New York State at all levels; the Division III State University of New York Athletic Conference and Empire 8 consist almost entirely of New York-based teams.

Professional teams

Current teams

Sport Club League
American football Buffalo Bills National Football League
New York Giants[a]
New York Jets[a]
Arena football Albany Empire Arena Football League
Baseball New York Mets Major League Baseball
New York Yankees
Buffalo Bisons International League
Rochester Red Wings
Syracuse Mets
Binghamton Rumble Ponies Eastern League
Auburn Doubledays New York–Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs
Brooklyn Cyclones
Hudson Valley Renegades
Staten Island Yankees
Tri-City ValleyCats
Long Island Ducks Atlantic League of Professional Baseball
Sullivan Explorers Empire Professional Baseball League
Basketball Brooklyn Nets National Basketball Association
New York Knicks
New York Liberty Women's National Basketball Association
Long Island Nets NBA G League
Westchester Knicks
Albany Patroons The Basketball League
Jamestown Jackals
Gaelic games New York GAA Gaelic Athletic Association
Ice hockey Buffalo Sabres National Hockey League
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Buffalo Beauts National Women's Hockey League
Metropolitan Riveters[a]
Binghamton Devils American Hockey League
Rochester Americans
Syracuse Crunch
Utica Comets
Adirondack Thunder ECHL
Elmira Enforcers Federal Prospects Hockey League
Watertown Wolves
Indoor soccer Utica City FC Major Arena Soccer League
Lacrosse New York Lizards Major League Lacrosse
Buffalo Bandits National Lacrosse League
Rochester Knighthawks
Rugby Union Rugby United New York Major League Rugby
Rugby league Brooklyn Kings USA Rugby League
New York Knights
White Plains Wombats
Soccer New York City FC Major League Soccer
New York Red Bulls[a]
New York Cosmos North American Soccer League
Western New York Flash[b] United Women's Soccer
Rochester Rhinos USL League One
Team tennis New York Empire World TeamTennis
Overwatch New York Excelsior Overwatch League
  1. ^ a b c d Team represents a location in the state but play their home games outside the state boundaries.
  2. ^ The current incarnation of the Flash plays in the semi-pro United Women's Soccer. The organization previously fielded a team in the top-level National Women's Soccer League, but sold the NWSL franchise in the 2016–17 offseason to North Carolina interests, which relaunched the NWSL team as the North Carolina Courage.

Teams that have relocated

Club Sport League Outcome
New York Giants American football National Football League Moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1976 but are still called New York Giants
New York Jets American football National Football League Moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey, in 1984 but are still called New York Jets
Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Major League Baseball Moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and are now the Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Giants (baseball) Baseball Major League Baseball Moved to San Francisco in 1958 and are now the San Francisco Giants
Jamestown Jammers Baseball New York–Penn League Moved to Granville, West Virginia, in 2015 as the West Virginia Black Bears; amateur team claims name and history
Olean Oilers Baseball New York–Penn League Amateur team claims name and history
Oneonta Tigers Baseball New York-Penn League Moved to Norwich, Connecticut in 2010 as the Connecticut Tigers
Utica Blue Sox Baseball New York–Penn League Moved to Aberdeen, Maryland, in 2002 as the Aberdeen IronBirds; amateur team claims name and history
Wellsville Nitros Baseball New York–Penn League Moved to Norwich, Connecticut, as the Connecticut Tigers; amateur team claims name and history
Buffalo Braves Basketball National Basketball Association Moved to San Diego in 1978 and became the San Diego Clippers, moved again to Los Angeles and are now the Los Angeles Clippers
Rochester Royals Basketball National Basketball Association Moved to Cincinnati in 1957 as Cincinnati Royals, moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1975 and became the Kansas City Kings, moved again to Sacramento, California and are now the Sacramento Kings
Syracuse Nationals Basketball National Basketball Association Moved to Philadelphia in 1963 as the Philadelphia 76ers
Albany Devils Ice hockey American Hockey League Moved to Binghamton in 2017 as the Binghamton Devils
Albany River Rats Ice hockey American Hockey League Moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2010 as Charlotte Checkers
Binghamton Senators Ice hockey American Hockey League Moved to Belleville, Ontario, in 2017 as the Belleville Senators
New York Riveters Ice hockey National Women's Hockey League Moved to Newark, New Jersey, in 2016 but were still called New York Riveters; rebranded as Metropolitan Riveters in 2017
Rochester Rattlers Lacrosse Major League Lacrosse Moved to Toronto in 2009 and became the Toronto Nationals; Rochester retained the Rattlers name, colors, and records and relaunched in 2011
Rochester Rattlers Lacrosse Major League Lacrosse Moved to Frisco, Texas, in 2018 and became the Dallas Rattlers
New York Buzz Team tennis World TeamTennis Merged into the New York Sportimes in 2011
New York Sportimes Team tennis World TeamTennis Moved to San Diego as the San Diego Aviators in 2014

Defunct

Club Sport League
Brooklyn (NFL) Dodgers/Tigers American football National Football League
Brooklyn Lions American football National Football League
Buffalo (NFL) (All-Americans/Bison/Rangers) American football National Football League
New York Giants (Brickley's) American football National Football League
New York Yanks/Bulldogs American football National Football League
New York Yankees (NFL) American football National Football League
Rochester Jeffersons American football National Football League
Staten Island Stapletons American football National Football League
Tonawanda Kardex American football National Football League (American Professional Football Association)
New York Sentinels (moved to Hartford, Connecticut in 2010 as the Hartford Colonials) American football United Football League
Brooklyn Bolts American football Fall Experimental Football League
Hudson Valley Fort American football Fall Experimental Football League
Buffalo Destroyers (moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2004 as the Columbus Destroyers) Arena football Arena Football League
New York CityHawks (moved to Hartford, Connecticut in 1999 as the New England Sea Wolves) Arena football Arena Football League
New York Dragons Arena football Arena Football League
New York Knights Arena football Arena Football League
Rochester Brigade Arena football af2
Buffalo Bisons (NL) Baseball National League
New York Mutuals Baseball National League
Syracuse Stars (National League) Baseball National League
Troy Trojans (MLB team) Baseball National League
Brooklyn Gladiators Baseball American Association
New York Metropolitans Baseball American Association
Syracuse Stars (American Association) Baseball American Association
Buffalo Bisons (PL) Baseball Players' League
New York Giants (PL) Baseball Players' League
Brooklyn Tip-Tops Baseball Federal League
Watertown Bucks Baseball Empire Professional Baseball League
Buffalo 716ers Basketball Premier Basketball League
New York Americans Ice hockey National Hockey League
New York Raiders (to New Jersey Knights to San Diego Mariners) Ice hockey World Hockey Association
Elmira Jackals Ice hockey ECHL
Brewster Bulldogs Ice hockey Federal Hockey League
Buffalo Lightning Indoor American football American Indoor Football
New York Streets Indoor American Football National Arena League
Rochester Raiders Indoor American football Various
New York Arrows Indoor soccer Major Indoor Soccer League
Rochester Lancers Indoor soccer Major Indoor Soccer League
New York Titans (moved to Orlando, Florida before the 2010 season as the Orlando Titans) Lacrosse National Lacrosse League
New York Cosmos Soccer North American Soccer League
New York Apples (formerly New York Sets, folded in 1978) Team tennis World TeamTennis

College sports

NCAA

Full NCAA Division I member colleges in New York.

The following is a list of current National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) affiliates in New York state:

School Nickname Division Conference
University at Albany, State University of New York Great Danes I America East Conference (most sports)
Colonial Athletic Association (football)
United States Military Academy (Army) Black Knights I FBS independent (football)
Patriot League (most sports)
Atlantic Hockey (men's ice hockey)
State University of New York at Binghamton Bearcats I America East Conference
State University of New York at Buffalo Bulls I Mid-American Conference
Columbia University Lions I Ivy League
Cornell University Big Red I Ivy League (most sports)
ECAC Hockey (men's and women's ice hockey)
Canisius College Golden Griffins I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (most sports)
Atlantic Hockey (men's ice hockey)
Colgate University Raiders I Patriot League (most sports)
ECAC Hockey (men's and women's ice hockey)
Fordham University Rams I Atlantic 10 Conference (most sports)
Patriot League (football)
Hofstra University Pride I Colonial Athletic Association
Iona College Gaels I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Long Island University (Brooklyn campus) Blackbirds I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Manhattan College Jaspers/Lady Jaspers I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Marist College Red Foxes I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Niagara University Purple Eagles I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference/Atlantic Hockey
St. Bonaventure University Bonnies I Atlantic 10 Conference
St. Francis College Terriers I Northeast Conference
St. John's University Red Storm I Big East Conference
Siena College Saints I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
State University of New York at Stony Brook Seawolves I America East Conference (most sports)
Colonial Athletic Association (football)
Syracuse University Orange I Atlantic Coast Conference (most sports)
College Hockey America (women's ice hockey)
Wagner College Seahawks I Northeast Conference
St. Lawrence University Saints I/III ECAC Hockey (men's and women's ice hockey)
Liberty League (other sports)
Clarkson University Golden Knights I/III ECAC Hockey (men's and women's ice hockey)
Liberty League (other sports)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Statesmen/Herons I/III Northeast Conference (men's lacrosse)
Liberty League/ECAC West/Independent
Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers I/III Atlantic Hockey (men's ice hockey)
College Hockey America (women's ice hockey)
Liberty League (most sports)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers/Red Hawks I/III ECAC Hockey (men's and women's ice hockey)
Liberty League (other sports)
Union College Dutchmen/Dutchwomen I/III ECAC Hockey (men's and women's ice hockey)
Liberty League (other sports)
Adelphi University Panthers II Northeast-10 Conference
Concordia College Clippers II East Coast Conference
Daemen College Wildcats II East Coast Conference
Dominican College Chargers II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
Dowling College Golden Lions II East Coast Conference
Le Moyne College Dolphins II Northeast-10 Conference
Long Island University C.W. Post Campus Pioneers II East Coast Conference/Eastern College Athletic Conference
Mercy College Mavericks II East Coast Conference
Molloy College Lions II East Coast Conference
New York Institute of Technology Bears II East Coast Conference
Nyack College Warriors II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
Pace University Setters II Northeast-10 Conference/Eastern College Athletic Conference
Queens College Knights II East Coast Conference
Roberts Wesleyan College Raiders II East Coast Conference
College of Saint Rose Golden Knights II Northeast-10 Conference
St. Thomas Aquinas College Spartans II East Coast Conference
Alfred University Saxons III Empire 8
Alfred State College Pioneers III American Collegiate Athletic Association
Bard College Raptors III Liberty League/United Volleyball Conference (men's)
Baruch College Bearcats III City University of New York Athletic Conference
Brooklyn College N/A III City University of New York Athletic Conference
Buffalo State College Bengals III State University of New York Athletic Conference/New Jersey Athletic Conference/ECAC West
Cazenovia College Wildcats III North Eastern Athletic Conference
City College of New York Beavers III City University of New York Athletic Conference
D'Youville College Spartans III Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
Elmira College Soaring Eagles III Empire 8/ECAC West/United Volleyball Conference (men's)
Hamilton College Continentals III New England Small College Athletic Conference
Hartwick College Hawks IIII Empire 8
Hilbert College Hawks III Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
Hunter College Hawks III City University of New York Athletic Conference
Ithaca College Bombers III Empire 8/Eastern College Athletic Conference
John Jay College of Criminal Justice Bloodhounds III City University of New York Athletic Conference
Keuka College Storm III Eastern College Athletic Conference/North Eastern Athletic Conference
Lehman College N/A III City University of New York Athletic Conference/Eastern College Athletic Conference
Manhattanville College Valiants III Skyline Conference/MAC Freedom/ECAC West/ECAC East
Medaille College Mavericks III Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
Medgar Evers College Cougars III City University of New York Athletic Conference
United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners III Landmark Conference/Liberty League
Mount Saint Mary College Blue Knights III Skyline Conference
College of Mount Saint Vincent Dolphins III Skyline Conference
Nazareth College Golden Flyers III Empire 8/ECAC West/United Volleyball Conference (men's)
The College of New Rochelle N/A III N/A
New York City College of Technology Yellow Jackets III City University of New York Athletic Conference
New York University Violets III University Athletic Association/United Volleyball Conference (men's)
Pratt Institute Cannoneers III American Collegiate Athletic Association
University of Rochester Yellowjackets III Liberty League/University Athletic Association
Russell Sage College Gators III Eastern College Athletic Conference/Skyline Conference
Skidmore College Thoroughbreds III Liberty League
Saint John Fisher College Cardinals III Eastern College Athletic Conference/Empire 8
Saint Joseph's College, New York Bears/Golden Eagles III Skyline Conference
State University of New York at Brockport Golden Eagles III State University of New York Athletic Conference/ECAC West
State University of New York at Canton Roos III North Atlantic Conference
State University of New York at Cortland Red Dragons III New Jersey Athletic Conference/State University of New York Athletic Conference
State University of New York at Delhi Pioneers III American Collegiate Athletic Association/North Atlantic Conference (five sports)
State University of New York at Farmingdale Rams III Skyline Conference
State University of New York at Fredonia Blue Devils III State University of New York Athletic Conference
State University of New York at Geneseo Knights III State University of New York Athletic Conference
State University of New York Maritime College Privateers III Skyline Conference
State University of New York at Morrisville Mustangs III State University of New York Athletic Conference
State University of New York at New Paltz Hawks III State University of New York Athletic Conference/United Volleyball Conference (men's)
State University of New York at Old Westbury Panthers III Skyline Conference
State University of New York at Oneonta Red Dragons III State University of New York Athletic Conference
State University of New York at Oswego/ECAC West Lakers III State University of New York Athletic Conference
State University of New York at Plattsburgh/ECAC West Cardinals III State University of New York Athletic Conference
State University of New York at Potsdam/ECAC West Bears III State University of New York Athletic Conference
State University of New York at Purchase Panthers III Skyline Conference
State University of New York Institute of Technology Wildcats III State University of New York Athletic Conference
College of Staten Island Dolphins III City University of New York Athletic Conference
Utica College Pioneers III Empire 8/ECAC West
Vassar College Brewers III Liberty League/United Volleyball Conference (men's)
Wells College Express III Atlantic Women's College Conference
Yeshiva College (Yeshiva University) Maccabees III Skyline Conference
York College (New York) Cardinals III City University of New York Athletic Conference

NAIA

The following is a list of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) affiliates in New York state:

School Nickname Conference
Houghton College Hilanders American Mideast Conference
Paul Smith's College Bobcats Sunrise Athletic Conference

USCAA

The following is a list of United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) affiliates in New York state:[1]

School Nickname Conference
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Alfred State College Pioneers
Berkeley College, New York Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Briarcliffe College
The King's College Lions
Paul Smith's College Bobcats Yankee Small College Conference
St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn Bears Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
SUNY Canton Kangaroos
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Mighty Oaks Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Vaughn College Warriors Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Olympics

New York hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. The 1980 Games are known for the USA–USSR hockey game dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" in which a group of American college students and amateurs defeated the heavily favored Soviet national ice hockey team 4–3 and went on to win the gold medal against Finland. Along with St. Moritz, Switzerland and Innsbruck, Austria, Lake Placid is one of the three cities to have hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice.

New York City bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics but lost to London.

See also

References

  1. ^ USCAA Members. Accessed: January 10, 2014.

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