What Sports Teams Does California Have?

What Sports Teams Does California Have

With over twenty teams, California is one of the best travel destinations for any sports fan in the US. The Golden State has some of the winningest teams in the country, such as the Los Angeles Lakers with seventeen NBA titles or the Athletics with nine World Series titles. Read on to learn more about California's professional teams.

What are the biggest sports teams in California?

Below are the professional teams located in California:

  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Los Angeles Angels
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Oakland Athletics
  • San Diego Padres
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Golden State Warriors
  • LA Clippers
  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Sacramento Kings
  • LA Galaxy
  • Los Angeles FC
  • San Jose Earthquakes
  • Los Angeles Sparks
  • Angel City FC
  • San Diego Wave FC

Anaheim Ducks

Sport: Ice Hockey

Stadium: Honda Center

Location: Anaheim, California

Established: 1993

League: National Hockey League

Championships: 1 (2007)

Television Network: FOX

Radio Network: KLAA AM 830

Based in Anaheim, the Ducks are one of the two NHL franchises in the state with a Stanley Cup title. Anaheim defeated the Ottawa Senators in the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals to win their first ring after two conference championships. The team has been playing its home games at the Honda Center since 1993.

Los Angeles Kings

Sport: Ice Hockey

Stadium: Crypto.com Arena

Location: Los Angeles, California

Established: 1967

League: National Hockey League

Championships: 2 (2012, 2014)

Television Network: Bally Sports West

Radio Network: iHeartRadio

With two Stanley Cup titles in the last decade, the Los Angeles Kings have become one of the best teams in the NHL in the 21st century. The Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers in 2012 and 2014, bringing more hardware to Crypto.com Arena (previously known as Staples Center).

San Jose Sharks

Sport: Ice Hockey

Stadium: SAP Center

Location: San Jose, California

Established: 1991

League: National Hockey League

Championships: 0

Television Network: NBC Sports California

Radio Network: FUFX

Since they were established in 1991, the San Jose Sharks have won six Pacific Division titles and the Western Conference in 2016. The Sharks have played their home games at the SAP Center since 1991 and are the only professional ice hockey team based in the Bay Area.

Los Angeles Angels

Sport: Baseball

Stadium: Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Location: Anaheim, California

Established: 1961

League: Major League Baseball

Championships: 1 (2002)

Television Network: KLAA 830AM

Radio Network: Bally Sports West

Despite being considered an LA team, the Angels have been based in Anaheim since 1966. They have won the American League West Division seven times, and they were crowned World Champions in 2002 after defeating the San Francisco Giants. As both teams have always displayed great talent, the rivalry games with the Dodgers are must-watches at Angel Stadium.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Sport: Baseball

Stadium: Dodger Stadium

Location: Los Angeles, California

Established: 1958

League: Major League Baseball

Championships: 7 (1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981, 1988, 2020)

Television Network: SportsNet LA

Radio Network: KLAC

The Dodgers are one of the winningest and most iconic franchises in the MLB. They have won seven World Series Titles, with their most recent coming in 2020 after a Game 7 win against the Tampa Bay Rays. The team plays its home games at Dodger Stadium, one of the most historical baseball stadiums in the country.

Oakland Athletics

Sport: Baseball

Stadium: RingCentral Coliseum

Location: Oakland, California

Established: 1969

League: Major League Baseball

Championships: 9 (1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1989)

Television Network: NBC Sports California

Radio Network: KNEW

Having won nine World Series titles, the Oakland Athletics are the most successful MLB franchise in California. Their most recent success dates back to 1989, while they have won the American League West Division seven times since 2002. After the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, the A’s are the sole owners of the RingCentral Coliseum, which can host almost 50,000 fans.

San Diego Padres

Sport: Baseball

Stadium: Petco Park

Location: San Diego, California

Established: 1969

League: Major League Baseball

Championships: 0

Television Network: Bally Sports San Diego

Radio Network: KWFN

After the Chargers relocated to Los Angeles, the San Diego Padres became the only professional men’s team in the area. They play their home games at Petco Park, one of the newest baseball stadiums in the state, and have won five American League West Division titles in their history.

San Francisco Giants

Sport: Baseball

Stadium: Oracle Park

Location: San Francisco, California

Established: 1958

League: Major League Baseball

Championships: 8 (1905, 1921, 1922, 1933, 1954, 2010, 2012, 2014)

Television Network: NBC Sports Bay Area

Radio Network: KNBR

After their 2014 win in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals, the Giants have become the second-winningest MLB franchise in the state. The team plays its home games at Oracle Park. As the stadium is right on the bay, many fans wait to scramble home run balls on kayaks in the water.

Los Angeles Chargers

Sport: Football

Stadium: SoFi Stadium

Location: Los Angeles, California

Established: 1960

League: National Football League

Championships: 0

Television Network: CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network

Radio Network: KYSR-FM

After their relocation in 2017, the Chargers became the second NFL team in the LA area. The team competes in the AFC West division, which they have won ten times, most recently in 2009. In 2020, the team made the move to SoFi Stadium, a newly built venue that they share with the Rams.

Los Angeles Rams

Sport: Football

Stadium: SoFi Stadium

Location: Los Angeles, California

Established: 1836

League: National Football League

Championships: 2 (1999, 2021)

Television Network: CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network

Radio Network: ESPN LA 710 AM

The Los Angeles Rams have been based in the LA area for over 50 years, despite relocating to St Louis for 20 years. The Rams are two-time Super Bowl Champions, with their most recent ring coming in 2021, when they became the second team to win the Super Bowl on their home field.

San Francisco 49ers

Sport: Football

Stadium: Levi’s Stadium

Location: San Francisco, California

Established: 1946

League: National Football League

Championships: 5 (1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994)

Television Network: CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network

Radio Network: KNBR, KSAN, KGO

The San Francisco 49ers are one of the historical NFL teams and the oldest in California, as they were established in 1946. The Niners have made the NFL playoffs 28 times, winning the NFC West Division 20 times, and earning five Super Bowl rings from 1981 to 1994.

Golden State Warriors

Sport: Basketball

Stadium: Chase Center

Location: San Francisco, California

Established: 1946

League: National Basketball Association

Championships: 7 (1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2022)

Television Network: NBC Sports Bay Area

Radio Network: KGMZ's 95.7 The Game

The Golden State Warriors are the true Bay Area team, as they represent both San Francisco and Oakland. Since 2015, the Warriors have become one of the greatest franchises in NBA history, breaking many records and winning four titles. In 2019, the Warriors moved their arena from Oakland to San Francisco, and now play at the newly-built Chase Center.

Los Angeles Clippers

Sport: Basketball

Stadium: Crypto.com Arena

Location: Los Angeles, California

Established: 1970

League: National Basketball Association

Championships: 0

Television Network: Bally Sports SoCal

Radio Network: KLAC

Similarly to the Chargers, the Clippers used to be based in San Diego before relocating in 1984. The Clippers share Crypto.com Arena with the LA Kings, LA Sparks, and the LA Lakers, with whom they have built a fierce rivalry over the years. The Clippers’ all-time best players include legends such as Elton Brand, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and Lamar Odom.

Los Angeles Lakers

Sport: Basketball

Stadium: Crypto.com Arena

Location: Los Angeles, California

Established: 1947

League: National Basketball Association

Championships: 17 (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2020)

Television Network: Spectrum SportsNet

Radio Network: KSPN

The 17-time NBA Champions Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most popular basketball teams worldwide. Over the decades, the Lakers have created a “Showtime” culture, delighting the fans with great plays from all-time greats such as Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, and now Lebron James.

Sacramento Kings

Sport: Basketball

Stadium: Golden 1 Center

Location: Sacramento, California

Established: 1923

League: National Basketball Association

Championships: 0

Television Network: NBC Sports California

Radio Network: Sports 1140 KHTK

After relocating various times around the country, the Kings finally established themselves in Sacramento in 1985. In the early 2000s, the Kings became one of the most entertaining teams in the NBA and formed a strong rivalry against the Lakers. The team now plays its home games at Golden 1 Center, which was built in 2016.

LA Galaxy

Sport: Soccer

Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park

Location: Los Angeles, California

Established: 1996

League: Major League Soccer

Championships: 5 (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014)

Television Network: Spectrum SportsNet

Radio Network: KLAC AM 570

The Los Angeles Galaxy has been playing in the MLS since the league was founded in 1996 and is the winningest franchise with five MLS Cup Final wins. In their young history, the Galaxy have been able to bring to Dignity Health Sports Park some of the biggest international soccer superstars, such as David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Los Angeles FC

Sport: Soccer

Stadium: Banc of California Stadium

Location: Los Angeles, California

Established: 2018

League: Major League Soccer

Championships: 0

Television Network: KCOP

Radio Network: KSPN

Despite having been around for fewer than five full seasons, LAFC has become one of the biggest sporting attractions in all of California. The atmosphere created by the fans at Banc of California Stadium is unrivaled, especially for “El Tráfico,” the Los Angeles derby against the LA Galaxy.

San Jose Earthquakes

Sport: Soccer

Stadium: PayPal Park

Location: San Jose, California

Established: 1996

League: Major League Soccer

Championships: 2 (2001, 2003)

Television Network: NBC Sports Bay Area

Radio Network: 1050 KNBR

The San Jose Earthquakes are one of the founding members of the MLS alongside “California Clásico” rivals LA Galaxy. The “Quakes” won the MLS Cup twice, in 2001 and 2003. Chris Wondolowski, the MLS all-time leading scorer, is recognized as the greatest player to have ever played at PayPal Park.

Los Angeles Sparks

Sport: Basketball

Stadium: Crypto.com Arena

Location: Los Angeles, California

Established: 1997

League: Women’s National Basketball Association

Championships: 3 (2001, 2002, 2016)

Television Network: Spectrum SportsNet

In 1997, the LA Sparks became the first WNBA team to be based in California. The Sparks have had some iconic WNBA legends such as Lisa Leslie, DeLisha Milton-Jones, and Candace Parker, who added three titles–in 2001, 2002 and 2016–to the ones won by the Lakers at the newly-named Crypto.com Arena.

Angel City FC

Sport: Soccer

Stadium: Banc of California Stadium

Location: Los Angeles, California

Established: 2022

League: National Women’s Soccer League

Championships: 0

Television Network: Bally Sports SoCal

Radio Network: iHeart

Playing their inaugural season in 2022, the Angel City FC is the newest team to be based in the Los Angeles area. They share Banc of California Stadium with LAFC and can count on a star-studded ownership group that includes tennis legend Serena Williams and USWNT all-time great Mia Hamm.

San Diego Wave FC

Sport: Soccer

Stadium: Snapdragon Stadium

Location: San Diego, California

Established: 2022

League: National Women’s Soccer League

Championships: 0

Television Network: Paramount+

The San Diego Wave FC is the newest professional team in California, as they were founded in June 2021 and are playing their inaugural season in 2022. The team has recently moved to Snapdragon Stadium, a newly-built venue that is to give the franchise record attendance for their home games.