The Name Game

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

The origins of professional sports team names

by Mike Morrison and John Gettings

Do you know why the Los Angeles NBA team is known as the Lakers, despite the lack of lakes in the Los Angeles area? Or why the NHL's team in usually-cold Calgary is known as the Flames? Read on for the origins of those team names and many others below!

See also: Sports Superlatives

Related Links


Major League Baseball

Sources +