Professional sports teams are tied to cities and metropolitan areas more often than toÂ entire states. There are exceptions, of course, like in the great state of Minnesota, where all four professional teams are referred to geographically by the state's name: the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Vikings, and Minnesota Twins. While we're discussing states and sports, tryÂ today'sÂ Brain Game queryÂ on for size:
What is the most populous U.S. state that isÂ NOT home toÂ AT LEAST ONE major-league sports team (in the NBA, NHL, NFL or MLB)?
Here isÂ the ANSWER.
It's the state of Virginia, with a population of 7.8 million.
While no professional teams are located within the state of Virginia, residents typically root for teams in bordering states, including North Carolina,Â Maryland, and (most commonly) Washington, D.C., which has teams in all four major league sports.
#2 on this list is Alabama, with 4.7 million residents.
By contrast, Utah (with 2.8 million residents) is the lowest-populated U.S. state that is home to aÂ major leagueÂ sports team (the Utah Jazz of the NBA).