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There are currently 4 major league sports teams based in New Jersey. Surprisingly, just one of them – the New Jersey Devils – features New Jersey in the name. Regardless, the Garden State is a hub of activity for sports aficionados in this bustling East Coast enclave.
Other ranking sports teams which feature prominently in New Jersey include the NFL superstars – the New York Jets, and the New York Giants, both of which play at the iconic MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Another juicy tidbit of information about the MetLife Stadium – it's one of the most expensive stadiums ever built, at a cost of $1.6 billion. This spectacular NFL destination also played host to Super Bowl XLVIII.
Best Minor League Baseball Teams in New Jersey
New Jersey is a great place for sports fans. From north to south, and east to west, New Jersey is a sports-crazed state. It is peppered with Minor League Baseball teams, including Trenton Thunder (Eastern Division of the Eastern League), Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League Champions in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2015), Sussex County Minors who play at Skyland Stadium, the Lakewood BlueClaws of the Jersey Shore, and the New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium.
These minor-league teams provide major-league entertainment for baseball fans across the state. Looking for some hard hitting MLB action? Come on over and check out our baseball betting odds at 888 Sport NJ.
Best Major League Sports Teams In New Jersey
The professional sports teams in New Jersey are headlined by none other than the East Rutherford champs – the New Jersey Devils of the NHL. The New Jersey Devils are without doubt the #1 best export from the Garden State. Based out of Newark, New Jersey, the Devils compete in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Back in the day, the New Jersey Devils won the illustrious Stanley Cup – the most prestigious prize in hockey – in the following years: 1995, 2000, and 2003.
Fast forward to 2019/2020, the New Jersey Devils are ranked in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference at #14 overall.
The Best New Jersey Nets Teams
The New Jersey Nets now known as the Brooklyn Nets are a world-famous NBA team. The Brooklyn Nets overall statistics indicate that their best seasons (including periods of play when they were known as the New Jersey Nets) occurred in the following years:
* 2002 – New Jersey Nets had a win/loss ratio of 52/30 with a winning percentage of .634
* 2013 – Brooklyn Nets a win/loss ratio of 49/33 with a winning percentage of .598
* 2006 – New Jersey Nets had a win/loss ratio of 49/33 with a winning percentage of .598
* 2003 – New Jersey nets had a win/loss ratio of 49/33 with a winning percentage of .598
* 1983 – New Jersey Nets had a win/loss ratio of 49/33 with a winning percentage of .598
* 2004 – New Jersey Nets had a win/loss ratio of 47/35 with a winning percentage of .573
* 1994 – New Jersey Nets had a win/loss ratio of 45/37 with a winning percentage of .549
* 1984 – New Jersey Nets had a win/loss ratio of 45/37 with a winning percentage of .549
The New York Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls compete in the Eastern Conference where they currently enjoy ranking status (2020 standings). Established in 1995/1996, the New York Red Bulls were known as the New Jersey MetroStars. In their breakout year, they had a record of 15-17. Over the years, they steadily improved their performances to become a powerful force in the world of professional soccer.
In 2016, their record stood at 16-9-9, and they were ranked first in the Eastern Conference. They received the MLS Golden Boot: Bradley Wright-Phillips' award. In 2017, the New York Red Bulls completed the season with stats of 14-12-8, and finished 6th in the Eastern Conference. In 2018, the New York Red Bulls powered their way back into pole position with a record of 22-7-5. They finished first in the Eastern Conference.
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The New York Jets and the New York Giants
The New York Jets and the New York Giants are legendary NFL teams. Their performances over the years speak for themselves. Both these teams play at the MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Their pre-season begins in earnest every August, with the regular season running from September through December.
Play-offs for these NFL teams can continue into January of the next year. The rivalry between these teams is fierce. In fact, they are the only teams to share the stadium since 1984, but that's likely to change in 2020 as the LA Rams and the LA Chargers will share the SoFi Stadium. That these two teams have played in New Jersey since 1984 is astonishing, given that they are truly New York-based NFL teams!
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