The country’s most populous state, California, has a rich history of sports betting, partly because they have so many professional and amateur sports teams. Many of them have been around for many years. Many have been very successful.
Check out the rich array of major league sports teams you can root for but can only bet on if you’re outside California – for now.
NFL – National Football League
Los Angeles Rams – founded in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams out of Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Los Angeles in 1946, the year after winning the 1945 NFL championship. In 1994, they moved to St. Louis, Missouri, to become the St. Louis Rams. Then, after the 2015 season, they moved back to Los Angeles. They have won two Super Bowls and two NFL championships (pre-1970 AFL-NFL merger). They are the only franchise to win championships representing three cities: Cleveland, Los Angeles, and St. Louis.
Los Angeles Chargers – entered the AFL in 1960 in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego a year later. The Chargers moved back to Los Angeles in 2017. They have no Super Bowl wins but have one AFL championship pre-AFL-NFL merger.
San Francisco 49ers – were founded in 1946 in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC). They joined the NFL in 1949 and have become one of the most successful franchises in the league. The 49ers have won five Super Bowl championships and have many records, including playing in the most NFC Championship games (16).
Remember the Oakland Raiders? They played out of Oakland from 1960 to 1981 and again from 1995 to 2019. Between those years, they played in Los Angeles as the LA Raiders – from 1982 to 1994. They relocated to Nevada as the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020.
NBA – National Basketball Association
Los Angeles Lakers
They began their long history in 1947 in Minneapolis as the Minneapolis Lakers. They were part of the National Basketball League (NBL) but joined the rival NBA in 1948. The Lakers relocated to Los Angeles in 1960. In 2020, they won their 17th championship, which ties them with their archrival Boston Celtics for the most titles in NBA history.
Golden State Warriors – were founded in 1946 in Philadelphia. They moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1962. They have won 7 championships, the third most, behind the Lakers and the Celtics.
Los Angeles Clippers – started as a 1970 expansion team in Buffalo as the Buffalo Braves. They moved to San Diego in 1978 and became the San Diego Clippers. In 1984, they moved to Los Angeles and became the Los Angeles Clippers, where they finally started to see some success but have not won a championship yet.
Sacramento Kings – are the oldest team in the NBA and, as such, have quite the history. In 1923, they began as a semi-professional team in Rochester, New York, as the Rochester Seagrams. In 1945, they joined the National Basketball League as the Rochester Royals, winning their championship in their first season. In 1948, they moved to the Basketball Association with three other teams, which turned into the NBA. In 1957, they moved to Cincinnati, becoming the Cincinnati Royals. In 1972, they relocated to Kansas City, becoming the Kansas City-Omaha Kings. They eventually shortened the name to Kansas City Kings. In 1985, they moved to Sacramento, where they had the most consecutive losing seasons in NBA history (16). They are also in the most prolonged active postseason droughts in the NBA.