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Missouri hosts a number of sports teams. Missouri is home to five major league professional sports teams — two in the St. Louis metropolitan area, and three in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Missouri hosted the 1904 Summer Olympics at St. Louis, the first time the games were hosted in the United States.

Major league sports teams

Club Sport League
Kansas City Chiefs American football National Football League
Kansas City Royals Baseball Major League Baseball
Sporting Kansas City* Soccer Major League Soccer
St. Louis Blues Ice hockey National Hockey League
St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Major League Baseball
* — Team represents a location in the state but play their home games outside the state boundaries.

Minor leagues

Club Sport League
Kansas City Blues Rugby USA Rugby Division 1
Kansas City Comets Indoor soccer Major Arena Soccer League
Kansas City Mavericks Ice hockey ECHL
Kansas City Power Australian rules football USAFL
Kansas City Rogues Rugby USA Rugby Division 3
Kansas City Storm American football - Women United Women's Football Association
River City Rascals Baseball Frontier League
Springfield Cardinals Baseball Texas League
Springfield Lasers Tennis World TeamTennis
Saint Louis FC Soccer USL Championship
Swope Park Rangers [a] Soccer USL Championship
  1. ^ Like their parent club of Sporting Kansas City, the Rangers play on the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area, currently sharing Children's Mercy Park with Sporting.

Former teams

Teams which are no longer in Missouri

Club Sport League
Kansas City Athletics (moved from Philadelphia in 1955; moved to Oakland, California after the 1967 season and are now the Oakland Athletics) Baseball Major League Baseball
Kansas City Kings (moved from Cincinnati in 1972; moved to Sacramento in 1985 and are now the Sacramento Kings; prior to locating in Kansas City, they were known as the Cincinnati Royals) Basketball National Basketball Association
Kansas City Scouts (1974 expansion team, moved to Denver, Colorado in 1976 and became the Colorado Rockies, and would move again to Newark, New Jersey; now called the New Jersey Devils) Ice hockey National Hockey League
Sporting Kansas City (moved home games to Kansas City, Kansas in 2008; still have front office and practice facilities in Kansas City, Missouri) Soccer Major League Soccer
St. Louis Browns (moved from Milwaukee in 1902; moved to Baltimore, Maryland after the 1953 season and are now the Baltimore Orioles) Baseball Major League Baseball
St. Louis Cardinals (moved from Chicago in 1960; moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1988 as the Phoenix Cardinals and now play in Glendale, Arizona as the Arizona Cardinals) American football National Football League
St. Louis Hawks (moved from Milwaukee in 1955; moved to Atlanta in 1968 and became the Atlanta Hawks) Basketball National Basketball Association
St. Louis Rams (moved from Anaheim, California in 1995; moved back to Los Angeles in 2016 and resumed the team's former identity of Los Angeles Rams) American football National Football League


Club Sport League
FC Kansas City (folded in 2017 and roster transferred to Utah Royals FC) Women's soccer National Women's Soccer League
Kansas City Blues/Cowboys (active 1924–1926, folded) American football National Football League
Kansas City Monarchs (charter member of Negro National League, 1920. Played in Kansas City, MO, until being disbanded in 1965 after sending more players to Major League Baseball than any other Negro League team.) Baseball Negro National League
Kansas City Phantoms Indoor football Champions Indoor Football
Kansas City Sizzlers (moved to Topeka as the Topeka Sizzlers in 1986) Basketball Continental Basketball Association
Missouri River Otters (franchise folded in 2006) Ice hockey United Hockey League
Saint Louis Athletica (franchise folded in June 2010) Women's soccer Women's Professional Soccer
Spirits of St. Louis (franchise played its home games in St. Louis from 1974 through 1976; franchise folded when the ABA merged with the NBA) Basketball American Basketball Association
St. Charles Chill (folded in 2014 after one season) Ice hockey Central Hockey League
St. Louis All Stars (active in 1923 only) American football National Football League
St. Louis Bombers (charter BAA franchise in 1946, joined the NBA when it formed in 1949; ceased operations in 1950) Basketball National Basketball Association
St. Louis Eagles (1934 relocation of the original Ottawa Senators, folded after the 1934–35 season) Ice hockey National Hockey League
St. Louis Gunners (independent team, joined the NFL for the last three weeks of the 1934 season and folded thereafter) American football National Football League

College sports

There are five NCAA Division I teams in the state, of which the only with a Football Bowl Subdivision program is the Missouri Tigers. Fourteen schools play in NCAA Division II, with nine in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and five in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Team City Division Primary
Kansas City Roos Kansas City NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference
( Summit League in 2020)
Missouri Tigers Columbia NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference
Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears Springfield NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference
Saint Louis Billikens St. Louis NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference
Southeast Missouri Redhawks Cape Girardeau NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference

See also