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Cities with the Best Sports Teams  

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List Rules Consider the NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB teams from each city

The cities with the best sports teams dominate all others in North America with successful and popular teams in the NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB. These basketball, hockey, football, baseball and college sports towns consistently compete among the elite, bring home titles and earn the jealousy of sports fans outside of these metro areas, which are also some of the coolest cities around.

Having dominated the 2000s, it's hard to argue that Boston, Massachusetts, is not the best sports city in the country. Between the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins, Beantown is the only city to earn professional sporting championships in all four major sports within a 10-year span starting with the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory in 2002 and concluding when the Boston Bruins took home the Stanley Cup in 2011.

Other cities might not have as many titles in a short amount of time, but their home teams are among the top all-time leaders in championships. Take New York City for example. The Yankees have 27 World Series titles but are only a fraction of the sports action in the Big Apple with no less than nine professional teams between the four major sports in the metro area.

But like how Boston and New York are bitter rivals in Major League Baseball, there are plenty of other sports cities that are hungry to become part of the elite. Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Denver, Chicago and Miami are just a handful of the cities right on the bubble with plenty of talented sports teams ready to dominate. Which sports city will rule in the next century? Stay tuned sports fans to find out.

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams

MLB: Red Sox (9 World Series)
NFL: Patriots (6 Super Bowls)
NBA: Celtics (17 titles)
NHL: Bruins (6 Stanley Cups)

Total championships: 38

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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MLB: Cubs (3 World Series), White Sox (3 World Series)
NFL: Bears (1 Super Bowl)
NBA: Bulls (6 titles)
NHL: Blackhawks (6 Stanley Cups)

Total championships: 19

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Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams

MLB: Pirates (5 World Series)
NFL: Steelers (6 Super Bowls)
NHL: Penguins (5 Stanley Cups)

Total championships: 16

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New York City is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams

MLB: Yankees (27 World Series), Mets (2 World Series)
NFL: Giants (4 Super Bowls), Jets (1 Super Bowl)
NBA: Knicks (2 titles), Nets
NHL: Rangers (4 Stanley Cups), Islanders (4 Stanley Cups)

Total championships: 44

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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams

MLB: Dodgers (5 World Series)
NFL: Rams, Chargers
NBA: Lakers (11 titles), Clippers
NHL: Kings (2 Stanley Cups)

Total championships: 18

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Toronto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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MLB: Blue Jays (2 World Series)
NBA: Raptors (1 NBA championship)
NHL: Maple Leafs (13 Stanley Cups)

Total championships: 16

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Houston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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MLB: Astros (1 World Series)
NFL: Texans
NBA: Rockets (2 titles)

Total championships: 3

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Detroit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams

MLB: Tigers (4 World Series)
NFL: Lions
NBA: Pistons (3 titles)
NHL: Red Wings (11 Stanley Cups)

Total championships: 18

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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams

MLB: Phillies (2 World Series)
NFL: Eagles (1 Super Bowl)
NBA: 76ers (2 titles)
NHL: Flyers (2 Stanley Cups)

Total championships: 7

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San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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NBA: Spurs (5 titles)

Total championships: 5

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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NFL: Cowboys (5 World Series)
NBA: Mavericks (1 title)
NHL: Stars (1 Stanley Cup)

Total championships: 7

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Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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MLB: Twins (2 World Series)
NFL: Vikings
NBA: Timberwolves
NHL: Wild

Total championships: 2

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Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams

MLB: Royals (2 World Series)
NFL: Chiefs (1 Super Bowl)

Total championships: 3

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Denver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams

MLB: Rockies
NFL: Broncos (3 Super Bowls)
NBA: Nuggets 
NHL: Avalanche (2 Stanley Cups)

Total championships: 5

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San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams

MLB: Giants (3 World Series)
NFL: 49ers (5 Super Bowls)

Total championships: 8

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Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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MLB: Brewers
NBA: Bucks (1 title)

Total championships: 1

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Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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MLB: Orioles (3 World Series)
NFL: Ravens 2 (Super Bowls)

Total championships: 5

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St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams

MLB: Cardinals (11 World Series)
NHL: Blues (1 Stanley Cup)

Total championships: 12

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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NHL: Predators

Total championships: 0

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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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MLB: Nationals (1 World Series)
NFL: Redskins (3 Super Bowls)
NBA: Wizards (1 title)
NHL: Capitals (1 Stanley Cup)

Total championships: 6

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Columbus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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NHL: Blue Jackets

Total championships: 0

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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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MLB: Mariners
NFL: Seahawks (1 Super Bowl)

Total championships: 1

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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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Montreal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams

NHL: Canadiens (24 Stanley Cups)

Total championships: 24

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Cities with the Best Sports Teams
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MLB: Braves (1 World Series)
NFL: Falcons
NBA: Hawks

Total championships: 1

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