I'm relatively new to Denver after living in Michigan for most of my life, and have been thinking about why Denver has two sports teams with Colorado in their name (Rockies, and Avs) and two with Denver in their name (Nuggets and Broncos). I thought this was odd, because I grew up being a fan of only teams with Detroit in their name.
So, I did a little research, and came up with a list of the sports teams from the big 4 sports that DON'T have their city/metropolitan area in their name, plus what the closest major city is:
- Arizona—Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Coyotes (Phoenix)
- Colorado—Rockies, Avalanche (Denver)
- Florida—Panthers (Miami)
- Indiana—Pacers (Indianapolis)
- Minnesota—Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves (Minneapolis)
- New Jersey—Devils (Newark or NYC)
- Tennessee—Titans (Nashville)
- Texas—Rangers (Dallas)
- Utah—Jazz (SLC)
- New England—Patriots (Boston)
- Carolina—Panthers (Charlotte), Hurricanes (Raleigh)
- Golden State—Warriors (Oakland)
I'd prefer if cities were consistent--it doesn't make any sense to me when cities have multiple teams and some go by the city and some by the state/region. In my opinion, the only city that has multiple cities and successfully uses their state name is Minneapolis.
Do you think the trend toward city names will continue—who might be next? Would you prefer all/more city names?