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Major League Baseball
The Texas Rangers are a professional baseball team that is located in Arlington, Texas. They are members of the American League West Division in Major League Baseball. The Rangers franchise was founded in 1961, and has been playing baseball since 1972.
The Houston Astros are an American professional baseball team based in Houston, Texas. The Astros compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division, having moved to the division in 2013 after spending their first 51 seasons in the National League (NL). The Astros have played their home games at Minute Maid Park since 2000.
The Texas Rangers are a professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Rangers franchise was established in 1961 as the Washington Senators, an expansion team awarded to Washington, D.C., after the city’s first attempt to start a professional team (the Washington Nationals) failed in 1960. After the 1971 season, the new Senators moved to Arlington and played as the Arlington Rangers until 1972. The franchise adopted its current name, “Texas Rangers”, for the 1993 season. The Rangers play in Globe Life Park in Arlington. Since 1994, the Rangers have made eight appearances in the MLB postseason, seven following division championships (1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016) and one as a wild card team (2012). In that time frame they have advanced to three World Series (2010, 2011 and 2016), winning it all once (2011).
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the premier professional basketball league in the United States and Canada. The league is composed of 30 teams, 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada.
The Dallas Mavericks are an American professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. The Mavericks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the American Airlines Center, which it shares with fellow NBA team the Dallas Stars.
The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. The Rockets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the Toyota Center, located in downtown Houston. The Rockets have won two NBA championships and four Western Conference titles. The team was established as the San Diego Rockets, an expansion team originally based in San Diego, in 1967. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston. The Rockets won only 15 games in their debut season as a franchise in 1967. In the 1968 NBA draft, the Rockets, picking first overall, selected power forward Elvin Hayes, who would lead the team to its first playoff appearance in his rookie season. The Rockets did not finish a season with a winning record until the 1976–77 season, when they traded for center Moses Malone. Malone went on to win the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award twice and led Houston to the conference finals in his first year with the team. He also led the Rockets to the NBA Finals in 1981 where they were defeated by the Boston Celtics
National Football League
The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league. The Texas teams in the NFL are the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans.
The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team that competes in the National Football League (NFL). The Cowboys are headquartered in Frisco, Texas, and play their home games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They are members of the NFC East division in the NFL.
The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. The Texans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. The team plays its home games at NRG Stadium, an outdoor stadium that sits on downtown Houston’s Reliant Energy Astrodome complex.
The franchise was founded in 2002 as the Houston Texans after Houston’s previous franchise, the Houston Oilers, moved to Nashville, Tennessee to become the Tennessee Titans. The team’s majority owner is Bob McNair; minority owners include Cal McNair, Bradley Grossman, and Perry Emanuel. Kieran Carey is the president of the club.
Chic Murphy has been the head coach since January 2019, while Romeo Crennel is the defensive coordinator and Tim Kelly is the offensive coordinator. The Texans have gone to the playoffs seven times in their short history — all under head coaching legend Bill O’Brien — winning three AFC South titles and one wild card berth. They have also won two playoff games, both coming in Wild Card weekend during the 2016 season.
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently composed of 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
The Dallas Stars are a professional ice hockey team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was founded during the 1967 NHL expansion as the Minnesota North Stars, based in Bloomington, Minnesota. Before the beginning of the 1978–79 NHL season, the team merged with the Cleveland Barons after the league granted them permission due to each team having only seven players on their roster. Ultimately, the franchise relocated to Dallas for the 1993–94 NHL season. The Stars played out of Reunion Arena from their relocation until 2001, when they moved to American Airlines Center.
The Stars have won nine division titles in Dallas since 1997 and returned to prominence in the League following a realignment prior to the 2013–14 NHL season, which saw them move from the Pacific Division to their current home in the Central Division. As a result of winning their division almost every year since that realignment, they have only missed qualifying for three Stanley Cup playoffs; this is one of only two active streaks where a team has qualified for playoffs each year they were eligible (the other being Pittsburgh’s streak which began in 2007). They currently are third place in points and second place in winning percentage (.614) behind St. Louis and Tampa Bay respectively.
In conclusion, Texas has a total of eight professional sport teams spread across four major league sports. These teams include the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), the Houston Texans (NFL), the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), the Dallas Mavericks (NBA), the Houston Astros (MLB), the Texas Rangers (MLB), the Dallas Stars (NHL), and the Houston Dynamo (MLS).