Minnesota Sports


Minnesota boasts teams in all five professional sports leagues, Olympic medalists in winter sports (especially hockey and snow sports), and numerous collegiate athletic programs at every level.

Minnesota Vixen is a professional women’s football team based in Minnesota and has twice hosted the United States Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Sports in Minnesota

Minnesota boasts an illustrious sporting legacy, boasting teams across all major leagues in professional and collegiate athletic programs. Multiple athletes from Minnesota have competed at Olympic Games, such as distance runners Garry Bjorklund and Dick Beardsley, as well as saber fencer Sada Jacobson; furthermore, many Minnesota high schools participate in NCAA Division I with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and St Thomas Tommies leading the way.

Minnesota boasts four full-time minor league baseball teams: Rochester Red Wings (AAA), New Britain Rock Cats (AA), Cedar Rapids Kernels, and Elizabethton Twins (Low-A). American Legion baseball can also be found throughout the summer months in Minnesota. Furthermore, Minnesota boasts both a professional ice hockey team, Minnesota Wild, and an indoor football team, Minnesota Vixen, that competes in the Women’s American Football League competition.

Minnesota boasts an active summer collegiate baseball league called the Northwoods League, with teams in Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, and St. Cloud. Furthermore, several NAIA colleges also host baseball programs within Minnesota. Mark Knoblauch has broadcast high school sports for 41 years across Minnesota, from WELY in Ely to KSMA in Sauk Centre, to cover Melrose and Dutchmen athletics before creating MID-MN Sports streaming high school sports locally in 2013. Furthermore, he has written and hosted various forms of media related to sports in his career – WELY in Ely was followed by his broadcasts of Melrose and Dutchmen athletics as he began at WELY in Ely and then moved on to cover Melrose athletics when covering Melrose athletics was established at both stations while covering Melrose athletics during his 41-year run in Minnesota before creating streaming high school games locally on both radio stations while covering Melrose athletics when covering Melrose-Dutchmen athletics on radio stations KSMA- Sauk Centre–KMAS for coverage on-air television coverage of Melrose-Dutchmen athletics-KSMA’s coverage while later covering Melrose-Dutchmen games during his long broadcast career of range of all things related media-related media both locally KSMA’s Melrose/Dutchmen athletics via their radio stations respectively and Dutchmen athletics via Melrose-Dutchmen sports coverage in 2013. Furthermore, MID-MN Sports was launched online from WELY in Ely until Melrose-Dutchmen athletics Athletics broadcast broadcast coverage, then Melrose for Melrose/Dutchmen sports (covered by Mark then then-KSMA covered Melrose coverage. Mark moved KSMA-Ruleasian Coverage was created KSMA by covering Melrose Dutchmen Athletics!). Mark made KSMA to protect Melrose/Dutnessivillianasians covered Dutchmen athletics athletics athletics Athletics playoff before moving KSMA also creating streaming high school-related media, including Melrose Dutchmen sports coverage by broadcaster Mark Knoblauch also made Mid MN Sports stream highschool as KSMA then moved KSMA where Melrose Dutchmen athletics cover; then moving through Sauk Centre covering Melrose Dutchmen athletics covered Dutchman! Plus many more!) to cover Melrose Dutchmen sports coverage!

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Minnesota is known for its longstanding love affair with soccer, with Minneapolis as its epicenter. From watching professional and amateur matches to honing your skills on the pitch yourself – Minneapolis provides ample options. According to its park and recreation board, over 50 parks include soccer fields!

Watch some of the finest high school players compete for state titles every November at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis – Class AAA teams compete against Class A ones on an even playing field!

Minnesota also features the professional soccer team Minnesota United FC of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), playing at Edor Nelson Field on the Augsburg University campus in Minneapolis. You can catch them there or also witness USL League Two side Minneapolis City SC play there; both clubs boast both local and traveling talent alike! In addition, Minnesota also hosts Twin Cities Kickers, who compete as a community-owned, women-led pre-professional team that is part of the USL W League.


Baseball remains a beloved tradition in Minnesota, with amateur nines active in many small towns across the state. Dating back to post-Civil War America, professional baseball clubs in Minneapolis and St. Paul compete in the American Association. Over its history, these teams have produced some of its greatest players (including 16 who are inducted into the Hall of Fame). Hostilities between fans and groups can often arise during games; Minneapolis manager Gene Mauch once scaled Midway Stadium railings to confront one fan; Millers skipper Joe Cantillon once took an offensive batting bat into stands to shut him up during games – both incidents took place before coming into existence in 1901!

Minnesota’s early baseball history has been preserved through newspapers collected since 1857 by the Historical Society of Minnesota, making them essential sources for research pertaining to its rise and development in Minnesota. They provide access to contemporary accounts for this crucial period in its development.

Bally Sports North, the regional sports network with broadcast rights to Major League Baseball games in Minnesota, is now available to pay TV subscribers in Minnesota. Their broadcast area spans from the Twin Cities metro area in Iowa through upper Michigan along the Wisconsin border to eastern North Dakota and South Dakota. Furthermore, both DIRECTV Stream and fuboTV live TV streaming services offer free trials.


Minnesota basketball team has long been known for its drama. Over its history, they have won six Big Ten championships and appeared 19 times in the NCAA Tournament. While their on-court success is unparalleled, off-court issues such as sexual assault allegations by former player Greg Olson, as well as coach Dan Musselman selling free season tickets to boosters, have caused plenty of scandals – eventually leading him to step down after the 1975-76 season.

In 1928, MacMillan University first started playing at its new on-campus arena known as the Field House. While MacMillan’s first few teams enjoyed middling success during these early seasons of competition at MacMillan’s Field House arena, their fortunes greatly improved during the 1930-31 and 1932-33 campaigns when MacMillan made significant strides toward improving its record significantly.

Scholarship cuts began to take effect during his tenure, which made recruiting on par with other Big Ten schools challenging. Monson nearly left after eight seasons but was persuaded to remain by the athletic department.

Jeff Coombe, Official – Coombe has served the Minneapolis Officials Association for over three decades as an MSHSL basketball official, serving countless section games as well as multiple state tournament assignments (including championship games). Additionally, he has officiated college basketball at DII, DIII, and NJCAA levels.