Name a Valid U.S. State - Big 4 Sports Teams

Name any of the U.S. states that belong in each selected category.
Answer must correspond to the yellow box
The Big 4 sports leagues in North America are the MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL
Population based on 2022 U.S. Census Bureau estimates
Unless otherwise indicated, the questions are asking about the states where the relevant teams physically play their home games, regardless of the city or state for which those teams are named
Quiz by ojosdefelipe
Last updated: June 14, 2023
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First submittedApril 5, 2020
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with three or more teams in each of the MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL
with three or more NBA teams, other than the state that works as an answer to the first question
where three or more NFL teams play their home games, other than the state that works as an answer to the first question
with a population over 5,000,000 but no Big 4 teams
Alabama | South Carolina | Virginia
with a population under 4,000,000 and at least one Big 4 team
Nevada | Utah
with a population under 10,000,000 and two MLB teams
with a population under 10,000,000 and two NFL teams that play their homes games in that state
Maryland | New Jersey
with a population over 4,000,000 and exactly one Big 4 team that plays its home games in that state
Oklahoma | Oregon
with an NFL team based in a metropolitan area with a population under 1,000,000
with two different metropolitan areas that are home to only one Big 4 team
California | Florida
that currently has two or more Big 4 teams but had zero before 1990
Nevada | Tennessee
with an MLB team that has won the World Series in the 2020s
California | Georgia | Texas
with an NBA team that has won the NBA Championship in the 2020s
California | Colorado | Wisconsin
with an NFL team that has won the Super Bowl in the 2020s
California | Florida | Missouri
with an NHL team that has won the Stanley Cup in the 2020s
Colorado | Florida | Nevada
that has two or more Big 4 teams but no championships in any of the Big 4 sports since 2000
Minnesota | Tennessee
that used to be home to an NBA team but no longer is (does not include teams that only played in the Basketball Association of America or National Basketball League)
Iowa | Maryland | Missouri | Nebraska | New Jersey | Washington
that is home to one of the so-called "Original Six" NHL teams (answer must be a U.S. state)
Illinois | Massachusetts | Michigan | New York
that used to be home to an NHL team but no longer is (does not include teams that played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association)
Connecticut | Georgia | Maryland
that is not home to any Big 4 teams but is where a Major League Soccer team plays its home games
Level 90
Apr 5, 2020
Loved this quiz, although the championships in the 80s questions got a little obscure.
Level 95
Apr 6, 2020
Thank you for taking the quiz and thanks for the feedback. I debated whether to change the questions you mention because I like challenging quizzes, including those with obscure trivia, and I suspect many other users who take quizzes on this site do as well. However, in the end I decided to change them because there are already quite a few challenging questions on this quiz and because the new questions asking quiz takers to name the states that are home to more recent champions are challenging in their own right.
Level 74
Apr 11, 2020
Does New York not work for the 3rd question because the Giants technically play in NJ?
Level 95
Apr 11, 2020
That's correct. I added a caveat to the instructions and reworded the third question to make sure this is clear.
Level 79
Oct 6, 2020
Feel like another minute might be helpful to digest some of these questions. Love the dedication and the idea though.
Level 95
Oct 7, 2020
Added another minute.
Level 46
Apr 19, 2022
Georgia has had a championship since 2000, Florida has multiple Stanley Cups since 2010
Level 95
Apr 19, 2022
Removed Georgia. However, the Stanley Cup question asks about which states have an NHL team that won in the 2010s, not since the 2010s, so I have left that one as is.
Level 67
Sep 5, 2022
New York should be an answer for

"more than one metropolitan area from which a Big 4 team has moved or ceased operations since 1960, not counting metropolitan areas whose principal city is not in that state"

Buffalo had the NBA Braves that left in 1978 (now the Clippers). Syracuse had the Nationals that moved in 1963 (now the 76'ers). Rochester almost made 3, but they moved in 1957 (now the Kings).

Level 95
Sep 5, 2022
New York will work now.
Level 83
Jun 12, 2023
Technically Washington has 2 or more teams with no championships since 2000 (Kraken and Mariners) even though both were not in existence since 2000. That point of clarity would help.
Level 95
Jun 12, 2023
I changed the question slightly to make it more clear. The question is meant to exclude two types of states as valid answers: (1) any state with fewer than two Big 4 teams and (2) any state in which any Big 4 team has won a championship since 2000. For example, Washington is excluded as a valid answer because the Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2014, Oregon because it has only one Big 4 team, and Idaho because it has no Big 4 teams.