These 5 Sports Teams Are or Were Based in New Jersey

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New Jersey Devils (NHL)

The Devils are the first team that comes to mind when one thinks of New Jersey given it actually bears the state’s name. Playing out of the Prudential Center, the team has only made the playoffs once in the past eight seasons, but has a decorated history.

New Jersey Nets (NBA)

The NBA’s Brooklyn Nets have called the New York suburb its home since the 2012–13 season, prior to which it spent 35 years in New Jersey. The franchise launched in 1967 as the New Jersey Americans and moved to New York and rebranded as the Nets the following season.

New York Red Bulls (MLS)

Launched in 1995 as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, the MLS franchise now known as the New York Red Bulls played its first-ever home game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford in front of more than 46,000 fans. The franchise adopted the Red Bulls moniker in 2006 and, in 2010, began playing its home games at the newly-constructed Red Bull Arena.

New York Giants and New York Jets (NFL)

The NFL has two New York teams — the Jets and Giants — but both play all their homes games in the Garden State. The Giants and the Jets originally played in New York, but the former made the move to New Jersey in 1976. Prior to this, the team played out of Yankee Stadium, but was seeking a stadium to call its own. It signed a 30-year lease with the New Jersey Sports Authority to move into a newly-constructed stadium in 1971 and played games at several different venues until completing the move five years later.

Trenton Thunder (MLB Draft League)

The Trenton Thunder minor league baseball team has been in New Jersey since 1994, during which time it has been an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. It has won 12 division titles and four minor league championships since moving from London, Ontario to Trenton.

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Jeff Sica

Jeff Sica

Jeff Sica is a regular guest on Fox Business and has also provided commentary for CNBC and Bloomberg.