There are 32 American teams in the National Football League, but only eight in the Canadian Football League. There are 29 American teams in the National Basketball Association and only one Canadian team. In Major League Soccer, three teams in Canada are outnumbered by 16 teams in the USA. 29 American teams play in Major League Baseball with again, only one team in Canada. Finally, in the National Hockey League, 23 American teams outnumber seven Canadian teams.
That makes for a total of 20 Canadian teams, compared to a massive 129 American teams in North America’s five biggest sports leagues. Yet, I’m willing to argue that Canadian fans are just as fanatic about their favorite (or is it favourite?) teams as American fans. Also, with less teams to cheer for, the fan number for a certain team could challenge almost any American team’s fan base.
That leads me to the subject of this article. Which teams in Canadian sports are the most popular? Are the most popular teams from the NHL, hockey being one of Canada’s national sports. What about teams from the CFL? I know some diehard fans that are very proud of that league. How about the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors? They are two teams that serve as the only Canadian team in each of those leagues, respectively, leaving them the whole country to have as fans.
From 20 to No. 1, here are the most popular Canadian sports teams. I should warn soccer fans though, you won’t like the first slide.