American Sports and the Cities That Hold Their Traditions

Yankee Stadium in New York
Yankee Stadium in New York. Photo by Chanan Greenblatt on Unsplash

The history of American sports is long and documented, filled with tales of emotion, triumph, heartbreak, scandal, and redemption. These feelings aren’t exclusive to the players and coaches. In fact, the fans are just as responsible, because without the fans’ support, professional sports leagues wouldn’t exist at all. In this article, we’ll be discussing the three most popular American sports, and the cities where their history is most powerful.


Basketball was invented in 1891 by a Canadian physical education teacher named James Naismith. Fifty years later, professional basketball was already underway. Boston and Los Angeles have by far the richest tradition with basketball, given that their respective home teams, the Celtics and Lakers, are tied for most championships with 17.


Football is arguably the most popular sport in the United States, which is why the Super Bowl is one of the biggest and most expensive events of the year. Interestingly enough, one of the most popular football cities is the small town of Green Bay, home to the legendary Packers. Although New England doesn’t have such a deep history, Tom Brady’s success with the Patriots made them a football staple for years to come.


Baseball was founded in 1869, and to this day it’s considered an American pastime. As far as American history, baseball is about as classic as it gets, with traditions that include peanuts, cracker jacks, and the seventh-inning stretch. New York is by far the biggest baseball city in the world, given that it’s home to the Yankees, a team with 27 World Series victories.