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List Rules Teams only, Nationally/Internationally relevance, Intensity, Competitive (not one sided), Longevity

The greatest rivalries in sports have pitted some of the best teams in baseball, basketball, football, and college against each other in a quest for eternal glory and bragging rights. The best sports rivalries span decades and even centuries as teams continuously meet in search of another check in the win column. Some of these match-ups pit the best sports franchises of all time against each other, while others are simply long fought feuds between cross-town competitors.

This list of the best rivalries in sports if restricted to teams only, and while there have been some great individual rivalries such as Ali vs. Frazier, Bird vs. Magic, etc, that is the topic of a separate greatest individual rivalries list. These are the eternal rivalries that make strangers hate each other based on an accent (Yankees/Red Sox), a home kit (Barcelona/Real Madrid), or a diploma (USC/UCLA). When it comes to these epic sports rivalries, you better pick a side because there's no neutral zone.

What are the best rivalries in sports? What are the top college rivalries? What teams are part of the top sports rivalries? These are some of the most anticipated sporting events of the year for die hard fans and casual viewers alike. If you know of a sports rivalry that's not yet on the list of the top rivalries in sports, make sure to add it so the people on each side of the contest can vote on whether they have as much ire for each other as the other teams on this list of the greatest rivalries in sports.
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MLB: Yankees vs. Red Sox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MLB: Yankees vs. Red Sox

2
952 667
College Football: Ohio State v... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Ohio State vs. Michigan

3
806 524
College Basketball: North Caro... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Basketball: North Carolina vs. Duke

4
866 635
NBA: Celtics vs. Lakers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NBA: Celtics vs. Lakers

5
830 529
Soccer: Barcelona vs. Real Mad... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Soccer: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

6
511 543
NFL: Packers vs. Bears is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Packers vs. Bears

7
526 549
College Football: Auburn vs. A... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Auburn vs. Alabama

8
487 429
College Football: Army vs. Nav... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Army vs. Navy

9
374 450
MLB: Giants vs. Dodgers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MLB: Giants vs. Dodgers

10
335 351
NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruins

11
377 389
Soccer: Liverpool Vs. Manchest... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added Soccer: Liverpool Vs. Manchester United

12
323 387
NHL: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings

13
286 382
College Football: Texas vs. Ok... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Texas vs. Oklahoma

14
298 416
NFL: Redskins vs. Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Redskins vs. Cowboys

15
285 352
NHL: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs

16
229 346
College Football: USC vs. Notr... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: USC vs. Notre Dame

17
264 274
NFL: Steelers Vs. Ravens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
madamsundin added NFL: Steelers Vs. Ravens

18
202 319
College Football: USC vs. UCLA is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: USC vs. UCLA

19
286 197
Soccer: Argentina Vs. Brazil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Soccer: Argentina Vs. Brazil

20
239 244
MLB:Cubs Vs. Cardinals is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
bojanthebest added MLB:Cubs Vs. Cardinals

21
212 266
NFL: Giants Vs Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NFL: Giants Vs Cowboys

22
220 331
NFL: Vikings Vs. Packers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Vikings Vs. Packers

23
190 247
NFL: Giants Vs. Eagles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NFL: Giants Vs. Eagles

24
238 219
Soccer: Manchester United Vs. ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
michalkaly added Soccer: Manchester United Vs. Manchester City

25
138 230
NHL: Flyers Vs. Penguins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NHL: Flyers Vs. Penguins

26
184 255
Soccer: Celtic Vs. Rangers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added Soccer: Celtic Vs. Rangers

27
178 215
NBA: Pistons Vs Bulls is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
AlexanderRay added NBA: Pistons Vs Bulls

28
208 250
Cricket: India vs. Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Cricket: India vs. Pakistan

29
144 178
College Basketball Kentucky Vs... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
JoshMers added College Basketball Kentucky Vs Louisville

30
120 213
NHL: Rangers Vs. Islanders is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NHL: Rangers Vs. Islanders

31
134 284
NFL: Broncos vs. Raiders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Broncos vs. Raiders

32
139 182
MLB: Cubs Vs White Sox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
AlexanderRay added MLB: Cubs Vs White Sox

33
97 71
NFL: Cowboys Vs. Eagles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
JakeRumschik added NFL: Cowboys Vs. Eagles

34
92 54
Nadal Vs Federer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Nadal Vs Federer

35
98 189
NHL: Red Wings Vs Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
AlexanderRay added NHL: Red Wings Vs Avalanche

36
104 34
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Joe Schollmeier added

37
63 29
Boxing: Ali Vs. Frazier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
RobLein added Boxing: Ali Vs. Frazier

38
142 191
Soccer Boca Juniors Vs River P... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Srbin added Soccer Boca Juniors Vs River Plate

39
132 223
NFL: Browns Vs. Steelers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
JimJenkins added NFL: Browns Vs. Steelers

40
133 206
NFL: Jets Vs. Patriots is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NFL: Jets Vs. Patriots

41
90 84
MLB: Mets vs. Yankees is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
muzziac added MLB: Mets vs. Yankees

42
83 176
NHL: Rangers Vs. Flyers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NHL: Rangers Vs. Flyers

43
97 174
Celtics Vs Knicks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
liplip added Celtics Vs Knicks

44
76 111
Football: England V Germany is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MatthewGill added Football: England V Germany

45
75 27
Olympics : USA V Russia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Olympics : USA V Russia

46
74 25
Magic Johnson Vs Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Joe Schollmeier added Magic Johnson Vs Larry Bird

47
69 83
Nfl: Patriots Vs. Giants is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
DiBoss added Nfl: Patriots Vs. Giants

48
70 31
Brady Vs Manning is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
JoshBerman added Brady Vs Manning

49
45 57
NFL: Cowboys Vs. Steelers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Cowboys Vs. Steelers

50
43 55
MLB: Yankees Vs. Dodgers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MLB: Yankees Vs. Dodgers