Sports in New York

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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 on 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 will have one Major League Soccer team beginning in 2015 with the expansion team New York City FC.

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. 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 six 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 Mets), short-season Class A New York-Penn League (eight 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 Mens 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[edit]

Current teams[edit]

Club Sport League
Buffalo Bills American Football National Football League
New York Giants American Football National Football League
New York Jets American Football National Football League
Rochester Raiders Indoor American football American Indoor Football
Brooklyn Nets Basketball National Basketball Association
New York Knicks Basketball National Basketball Association
New York Liberty Basketball Women's National Basketball Association
Rochester Razorsharks Basketball Premier Basketball League
Buffalo 716ers Basketball Premier Basketball League
Western New York Flash Soccer National Women's Soccer League
New York Cosmos Soccer North American Soccer League
Rochester Rhinos Soccer USL Pro
Rochester Lancers Indoor soccer Major Indoor Soccer League
Syracuse Silver Knights Indoor soccer Major Indoor Soccer League
Buffalo Sabres Ice hockey National Hockey League
New York Islanders Ice hockey National Hockey League
New York Rangers Ice hockey National Hockey League
Adirondack Flames Ice hockey American Hockey League
Albany Devils Ice hockey American Hockey League
Binghamton Senators Ice hockey American Hockey League
Rochester Americans Ice hockey American Hockey League
Syracuse Crunch Ice hockey American Hockey League
Utica Comets Ice hockey American Hockey League
Elmira Jackals Ice hockey ECHL
Watertown Privateers Ice hockey Federal Hockey League
New York Mets Baseball Major League Baseball
New York Yankees Baseball Major League Baseball
Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball New York - Penn League
Staten Island Yankees Baseball New York - Penn League
Jamestown Jammers Baseball New York - Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs Baseball New York - Penn League
Auburn Doubledays Baseball New York - Penn League
Oneonta Tigers Baseball New York - Penn League
Tri-City Valley Cats Baseball New York - Penn League
Hudson Valley Renegades Baseball New York - Penn League
Binghamton Mets Baseball Eastern League
Buffalo Bisons Baseball International League
Rochester Red Wings Baseball International League
Syracuse Chiefs Baseball International League
Long Island Ducks Baseball Atlantic League of Professional Baseball
Long Island Lizards Lacrosse Major League Lacrosse
Rochester Rattlers Lacrosse Major League Lacrosse
Buffalo Bandits Lacrosse National Lacrosse League
Rochester Knighthawks Lacrosse National Lacrosse League
New York Gaelic football Gaelic Athletic Association
New York Hurling Gaelic Athletic Association
New York Sportimes Tennis Advanta World TeamTennis

Teams which are no longer in New York[edit]

Club Sport League
Brooklyn Dodgers (moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and are now the Los Angeles Dodgers) Baseball Major League Baseball
Buffalo Destroyers (moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2004 and are now the Columbus Destroyers) Arena Football Arena Football League
Buffalo Braves (moved to San Diego in 1978 and became the San Diego Clippers, moved again to Los Angeles, California and are now the Los Angeles Clippers) Basketball National Basketball Association
New York Giants (baseball) (moved to San Francisco in 1958 and are now the San Francisco Giants) Baseball Major League Baseball
New York Giants (moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1976 but are still called New York Giants) Football National Football League
New York Jets (moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1984 but are still called New York Jets) Football National Football League
New York Sentinels (moved to Hartford, Connecticut in 2010 and are now the Hartford Colonials) American Football United Football League
New York Titans (moved to Orlando, Florida before the 2010 season and are now the Orlando Titans) Lacrosse National Lacrosse League
Rochester Rattlers (moved to Toronto in 2009 and became the Toronto Nationals; Rochester retains the Rattlers name, colors, and records) Outdoor lacrosse Major League Lacrosse
Rochester Royals (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) Basketball National Basketball Association
Syracuse Nationals (moved to Philadelphia in 1963 as Philadelphia 76ers) Basketball National Basketball Association
Albany River Rats (moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2010 as Charlotte Checkers) Ice Hockey American Hockey League
Wellsville Nitros (moved to Norwich, Connecticut as the Connecticut Tigers; amateur team claims name and history) Baseball New York–Penn League

Defunct[edit]

Club Sport League
New York Mutuals Baseball National League
Buffalo Bisons (NL) Baseball National League
Troy Trojans (MLB team) Baseball National League
Syracuse Stars (National League) Baseball National League
New York Metropolitans Baseball American Association (19th century)
Buffalo Bisons (PL) Baseball Players' League
New York Giants (PL) Baseball Players' League
Syracuse Stars (American Association) Baseball American Association (19th century)
Brooklyn Gladiators Baseball American Association (19th century)
Brooklyn Tip-Tops Baseball Federal League
New York CityHawks (defunct) Football Arena Football League
New York Knights Football Arena Football League
Rochester Brigade Football Arena Football League (2)
Rochester Jeffersons Football National Football League
Buffalo (NFL) (All-Americans/Bison/Rangers) Football National Football League
New York Giants (Brickley's) Football National Football League
Tonawanda Kardex Football National Football League (American Professional Football Association)
Brooklyn Lions Football National Football League
New York Yankees (NFL) Football National Football League
Staten Island Stapletons Football National Football League
Brooklyn (NFL) Dodgers/Tigers Football National Football League
New York Yanks/Bulldogs Football National Football 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
New York Cosmos Soccer North American Soccer League
New York Arrows Soccer Major Indoor Soccer League

College Sports[edit]

NCAA[edit]

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
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York 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)
Hartwick College Hawks I/III Mid-American Conference (men's soccer)
Collegiate Water Polo Association (women's water polo)
Empire 8 (most 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 East Coast Conference
Concordia College Clippers II East Coast Conference
Dominican College Chargers II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
Dowling College Golden Lions II East Coast 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
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
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 North Eastern Athletic Conference/United Volleyball Conference (men's)
Elmira College Soaring Eagles III Empire 8/ECAC West/United Volleyball Conference (men's)
Hamilton College Continentals III New England Small College Athletic Conference
Hilbert College Hawks III Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference/United Volleyball Conference (men's)
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/Middle Atlantic Corporation/ECAC West/ECAC East
Medaille College Mavericks III Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference/United Volleyball Conference (men's)
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)
Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU–Poly) Blue Jays III Skyline Conference
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/ECAC West Golden Eagles III State University of New York Athletic 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 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[edit]

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

School Nickname Conference
Daemen College Wildcats American Mideast Conference
Houghton College Hilanders American Mideast Conference
Paul Smith's College Bobcats Sunrise Athletic Conference
Roberts Wesleyan College Raiders American Mideast Conference
State University of New York at Canton Kangaroos Sunrise Athletic Conference
State University of New York at Delhi Broncos N/A

USCAA[edit]

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

Olympics[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

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