The Cincinnati Bengals started in the American Football League from 1968–1969, then after the AFL/NFL merger continued with the National Football League from 1970 to present.
The Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first professional baseball team, established in 1869. The Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball were established in 1882.
Sports in Cincinnati includes three major league teams, twelve minor league teams, and five college institutions with sports teams. Cincinnati also has seven major sports venues.