Texas Professional Sports, League, College and High School Sports
Many Texans are passionate about American football and intensely follow high school and college football teams, which often dominate social and leisure activity.
Professional football is also intensely popular in Texas, and the state is home to two National Football League (NFL) franchises, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.
In addition to the Cowboys and Texans, two current NFL teams previously played in the state, and one now-defunct NFL team also called the state home.
The Cowboys, founded in 1960, are one of the most popular teams in the league and have fans in many parts of the United States, leading to the nickname "America's Team".
They are also one of the most successful, having reached eight Super Bowls and won five (tied with the San Francisco 49ers & the New England Patriots for second
all-time). The Cowboys play their home games at AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington, into which they moved in 2009 after having spent 38 years at Texas Stadium in Irving.
Baseball has a strong presence in Texas, with two Major League Baseball teams. The Houston Astros started playing in 1962. The Texas Rangers debuted in 1972 after
relocating from Washington, D.C. In 2005, the Astros became the first team in Texas to make it to the World Series. The Rangers followed the Astros in 2010 to their first
World Series and the following year as well. In 2017 the Astros became the first team in Texas to win the World Series.
Basketball is also popular, and Texas hosts three NBA teams: the San Antonio Spurs, the Houston Rockets, and the Dallas Mavericks. All three have won championships,
however the Spurs having won at least 50 games over the past 15 seasons and 5 NBA championships, are arguably the best professional franchise in Texas sports and are
considered one of the best NBA franchises in history. The Houston Rockets did however distinguish themselves as the first team in Texas to win an NBA Championship and
are currently the only team in Texas to have back-to-back NBA Championships.
High School Sports
The Houston Texans is a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. The team is currently members of the Southern Division of the American Football
Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Texans joined the NFL in 2002 as an expansion team after Houston's previous franchise, the Houston Oilers
(now the Tennessee Titans), moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
The Houston Texans's principal owner and chairman is Bob McNair and the minority owner and vice chairman is Chuck Watson. The Harris County Sports Authority also is a
minority owner of the team, and is the only NFL team to ever have part ownership by a government.
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