Sports in California
International sports events
Californiahas hosted the Olympic Gamesthree times. Los Angeles, the largest city in the state, hosted both the 1932 [ [http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past/index_uk.asp?OLGT=1&OLGY=1932 1932 Summer Olympics] , International Olympic Committeewebsite.] and 1984 Summer Olympics[ [http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past/index_uk.asp?OLGT=1&OLGY=1984 1984 Summer Olympics] , International Olympic Committeewebsite.] . Squaw Valley, California hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics[ [http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past/index_uk.asp?OLGT=2&OLGY=1960 1960 Winter Olympics] , International Olympic Committeewebsite.] . Los Angeles and San Francisco were in the race to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, but eventually lost to Chicago.
tate-wide sports events
California has over fifteen major professional sports franchises, far more than any other US state. The
San Francisco Bay Areahas their six major league teams spread amongst three cities: San Francisco, Oaklandand San Jose. While also home to six major league franchises, the Greater Los Angeles Areais the largest metropolitan area not to have any teams from the National Football League. San Diegohas two major league teams, and Sacramentohas one.
National Football League
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
National Basketball Association
Golden State Warriors– Based in Oakland
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
National Hockey League
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
Major League Baseball
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim– Based in Anaheim
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
Major League Soccer
Chivas USA– Based in Carson
Los Angeles Galaxy
San Jose Earthquakes
Home to some of most prominent universities in the United States, California has long had many respected collegiate sports programs. In particular, the athletic programs of the University of Southern California, University of California, Berkeley, UCLA and Stanford University are often nationally-ranked in the various sports. California is also home to the oldest college bowl game, the annual Rose Bowl (Pasadena), as well as the
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl( San Diego), the Emerald Bowl(San Francisco), and the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl( San Diego).
California State Games, a state-wide Olympics-like sport event, take place in California every year. The United States Olympic Committeegoverns this event. [ [http://www.calstategames.org/ Official site of the California State Games] ]
Many of California's high school teams are often nationally-ranked.
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