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Encyclopedia > Expansion team
See also: Relocation of professional sports teams

An expansion team is a term used for a brand new team in a sports league. The term is most commonly used in reference to the North American major professional sports leagues, but is applied to sports leagues worldwide that use a closed franchise system of league membership. The term comes from the fact that the league expands its presence into new cities. Relocation of professional sports teams, is a common practice in North America but not at all common in Europe. ... The term major professional sports league is used to describe the most important and well regarded leagues in the biggest professional sports in a country or region. ... The term major professional sports league is used to describe the most important and well regarded leagues in the biggest professional sports in a country or region. ...


In North America, expansion takes place in response to population growth and geographic shifts of population, driven by the resulting financial opportunity made possible by such demographic change. For example, Major League Baseball was limited to 16 teams located north and east of St. Louis, Missouri for the first half of the 20th century. During this time, the United States population doubled and expanded to the south and west. Rival interests explored the possibility of forming a rival league in these untapped markets. To forestall this possibility, one of the measures MLB took was to expand by four teams in 1961 and 1962. Over the past four decades, MLB expanded further to its current membership. World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Human population increase from 10,000 BC – 2000 AD. Population growth is change in population over time, and can be quantified as the change in the number of individuals in a population per unit time. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999... The Continental League was a proposed third major league for baseball. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ...


When an expansion team begins play, they are generally stocked with less talented free agents and inexperienced staffs. Additionally, prospective owners must pay extremely steep fees to the league as well as expensive start-up costs such as stadiums and facilities. As a result, most expansion teams are known for their poor play during their inaugural season. However, with increasing parity (mainly due to first pick drafts) and experience, some are known to win championships only a few years after their first season. A (sports) draft is the process by which professional sports teams select players not contracted to any team, often from colleges or amateur ranks. ...


Most teams are considered as an expansion team usually in their first season and sometimes in their second season. A team that moves to another location and/or changes its name is generally not considered an expansion team. They are known as relocated teams. If the name changed they are known as renamed teams. The two major exceptions to this rule are the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL and the Houston Dynamo in the MLS. City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot Edgar, Allan, and Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore Ravens... Year founded 2005 League Major League Soccer Nickname Dynamo, The Men in Orange Stadium Robertson Stadium Coach Dominic Kinnear, 2006— Owner AEG First Game Houston Dynamo 5–2 Colorado Rapids (Robertson Stadium; April 2, 2006) Largest Win Houston Dynamo 5–2 Colorado Rapids (Robertson Stadium; April 2, 2006) Worst Defeat...


Cities and/or regions with large populations that lack a team are generally regarded to be the best candidates for new teams. For example, the National Football League (NFL) has recently considered Los Angeles, CA to be the best possibility for a brand new NFL team. The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ...

Contents

List of expansion teams in history

1910s

1910

NSWRL The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ...

Annandale were a Rugby League team who played in the NSWRL competition from 1910-1920, never placing higher than 5th. ...

1920s

1920

NSWRL The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ...

University were a rugby league team representing the University of Sydney who played in the NSWRL Premiership from 1920 - 1937, in the NSWRL Second Division and Metropolitan League competitions from 1963 to 1976 and currently play in the NSW Tertiary Student Rugby League competition. ...

1921

NSWRL The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ...

The Saint George Dragons was a team in the National Rugby League competition in Australia. ...

1924

NHL “NHL” redirects here. ...

The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Montreal Maroons white logo Montreal Maroons dark logo The Montreal Maroons were a professional ice hockey team from Montreal, Quebec. ...

1925

NHL

The Pittsburgh Pirates were a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The New York Americans were a NHL hockey team, the third expansion team in league history and the second to play in the United States. ...

1926

NHL

The Detroit Red Wings are a National Hockey League team based in Detroit, Michigan, USA and Windsor, Ontario. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a National Hockey League team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred...

1930s

1933

NFL The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

1935

NSWRL The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ...

Canterbury Leagues Club, Belmore The Bulldogs (formerly Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ...

1940s

1947

NSWRL The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ...

The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ... The Parramatta Eels are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta. ...

1960s

1960

NFL: The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

AFL: This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ...

City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American...

1961

AL: American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...

NBA: Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Ballpark Angel Stadium of Anaheim (2004–present) a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26,34,42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Ballpark Ameriquest Field in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ...

NFL: The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

1962

NL: The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada (until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington) and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ...

Astros redirects here, for other uses see Astros (disambiguation) Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 40, 42, 49 Name Houston Astros (1965–present) Houston Colt . ... For the current season, see 2007 New York Mets season. ...

1966

NBA: The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ...

NFL: This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

AFL: City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ...

City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua Green, Coral Orange, White, and Navy Blue Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T. D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American...

1967

NBA: The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ...

NFL: This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

NHL: City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present... “NHL” redirects here. ...

NSWRL The Minnesota North Stars were a team in the National Hockey League between 1967 and 1993. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California, USA. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Oakland Seals were a team in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... An expansion team is a term used for a brand new team in a sports league. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The St. ... The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ...

This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia. ...

1968

NBA: The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ...

AFL: This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ...

City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team...

1969

NL: The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada (until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington) and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ...

AL: The Montreal Expos were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 to 2004. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...

Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 19, 34, 42, 44 Name Milwaukee Brewers (1970–present) Seattle Pilots (1969) Ballpark Miller Park (2001–present) County Stadium (1970-2000) Sicks Stadium (Seattle) (1969) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None...

1970s

1970

NBA: The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ...

NHL: This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... “NHL” redirects here. ...

The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. ... The Vancouver Canucks are the professional National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ...

1972

NHL: “NHL” redirects here. ...

The Atlanta Flames were a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Atlanta, Georgia from 1972 to 1980. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a hamlet located on Long Island. ...

1974

NBA: The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ...

NHL: The Utah Jazz are a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... “NHL” redirects here. ...

The Kansas City Scouts was an ice hockey franchise that played in the National Hockey League from 1974-1976 out of Kansas City, Missouri. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ...

1976

NFL: The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the augur hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference... City Tampa Bay, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference...

1978

PBA: For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

  • Filmanbank Bankers

1979

PBA: For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

The Barangay Ginebra Kings is a professional team of the Philippine Basketball Association founded in 1979. ...

1980s

1980

NBA: The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ...

PBA: This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

  • CDCP Shippers

1982

NSWRL The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ...

The Canberra Raiders are a National Rugby League team based in Canberra, Australia. ... The Illawarra Steelers were a top-level rugby league team based in the town of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. ...

1983

PBA: For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

  • Manhattan

1984

PBA: For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

  • Manila Beer

1985

PBA: For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

The Shell Turbo Chargers is a former Philippine Basketball Association team under the ownership of Pilipinas Shell Corporation. ...

1986

PBA: For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

The Alaska Aces is a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team since 1986 under the ownership of Alaska Milk Corporation. ...

1987

AFL: This article is about the national league in Australian rules football. ...

The Brisbane Bears Football Club was the first Queensland-based club in the Victorian Football League. ... The West Coast Eagles Football Club is an Australian rules football club competing in the Australian Football League. ...

1988

NBA: The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ...

NSWRL The New Orleans Hornets (temporarily the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets) are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New South Wales. ...

PBA: The Newcastle Knights are a National Rugby League team based in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. ... The Brisbane Broncos are a professional rugby league football team based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. ... Gold Coast are a rugby league team who played in the NSWRL competition from 1988-1997, and the NRL in 1998. ... For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

The Purefoods Chunkee Giants (formerly Purefoods TJ Hotdogs) is a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team. ...

1989

NBA: The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ...

The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

1990s

1990

PBA: For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

The Pop Cola Panthers is a former Philippine Basketball Association team from 1990-2001 under the ownership of Cosmos Bottling Corporation, a subsidiary of RFM Corporation. ...

1991

NHL: “NHL” redirects here. ...

AFL: The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California. ... The Oakland Seals were a team in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Oakland Seals were a team in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Minnesota North Stars were a team in the National Hockey League between 1967 and 1993. ... This article is about the national league in Australian rules football. ...

The Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed the Crows, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Adelaide, South Australia. ...

1992

NHL: “NHL” redirects here. ...

The Ottawa Senators are a professional ice hockey team, based in Ottawa, Ontario. ... The Tampa Bay Lightning is a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. ...

1993

NL: The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada (until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington) and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ...

NHL: Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Ballpark Coors Field (1995–present) Mile High Stadium (1993-1994) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (0) None Wild card... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... “NHL” redirects here. ...

PBA: The Anaheim Ducks (formerly known as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim) are a professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California. ... The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team who play in the Ft. ... For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

The Sta. ...

1995

NBA: The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ...

NFL: The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario, owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. ... The Memphis Grizzlies are a professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

ARL City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... City Jacksonville, Florida Other nicknames The Jags Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002... The Australian Rugby League (ARL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in Australia. ...

AFL: The New Zealand Warriors (formerly Auckland Warriors) are a rugby league team based in Auckland, New Zealand who compete in the Australasian based National Rugby League competition. ... The Western Reds were a Perth-based rugby league team, who played in the 1995 and 1996 Australian Rugby League competition, and, as the Perth Reds, in the 1997 Super League // Before the Reds Although touring Great Britain and French Rugby League teams had played tour matches in Perth, it... The North Queensland Cowboys are a rugby league team based in Townsville, Queensland Australia. ... The South Queensland Crushers were a rugby league team who played in the NSWRL/ARL competition from 1995–1997. ... This article is about the national league in Australian rules football. ...

Fremantle FC logo The Fremantle Football Club, colloquially known as The Dockers, are one of 16 teams in the Australian Football League. ...

1996

NFL: The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

PBA: City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot Edgar, Allan, and Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore Ravens... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... An expansion team is a term used for a brand new team in a sports league. ... For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

The Talk N Text Phone Pals is a Philippine Basketball Association team. ...

1997

Super League Super League was a rugby league competition that was held in Australia in 1997. ...

AFL: The Hunter Mariners were a rugby league team, based in Newcastle who participated in the single Australasian Super League season in 1997. ... The Adelaide Rams were an Australian rugby league team, playing two seasons at the top level (1997-98). ... This article is about the national league in Australian rules football. ...

  • Port Adelaide Power (technically not an expansion team, as the Port Adelaide Football Club was formed in 1870)

WAFL: Port Adelaide Football Club logo Port Adelaide Football Club is an Australian rules football club, nicknamed The Power in the Australian Football League (AFL), and nicknamed The Magpies in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). ... The West Australian Football League (WAFL) (pronounced waffle) is the premier state based Australian rules football league in Western Australia. ...

The Peel Thunder Football Club was formed in 1997. ...

1998

NL: The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada (until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington) and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ...

AL: Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) formerly known as Bank One Ballpark (1998-2005) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 2001 NL Pennants (1) 2001 National League West Division titles (3) 2002... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...

NHL: Major league affiliations American League (1998–present) East Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 12, 42 Name Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–present) Ballpark Tropicana Field (1998–present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) none Division titles (0) none Wild card berths (0) None... “NHL” redirects here. ...

MLS: The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ...

NRL Year founded 1997 League Major League Soccer Nickname La Maquina Roja, Men in Red, CF97 Stadium Toyota Park Bridgeview, IL Coach Dave Sarachan, 2003— Owner AEG First Game Miami Fusion 0–2 Chicago Fire (Lockhart Stadium; March 21, 1998) Largest Win Kansas City Wizards 0–7 Chicago Fire (Arrowhead Stadium... Year founded 1997 - 2002 (defunct) League Major League Soccer Nickname Fusion Stadium Lockhart Stadium Coach Owner First Game Miami Fusion 0 - 2 D.C. United (Lockhart Stadium; March 15, 1998) Last Game Miami Fusion 0 - 1 San Jose Earthquakes (Lockhart Stadium; October 17, 2001) Largest Win D.C. United 2... The National Rugby League (sometimes referred to as the Telstra Premiership for sponsorship purposes) is a professional competition for rugby league clubs in Australia and New Zealand, and is Australasias primary rugby league competition. ...

VFL The Melbourne Storm are a rugby league team based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia that is owned by News Limited, part of News Corporation that also owns the Herald Sun, Melbournes most popular newspaper. ... The Victorian Football League, formerly known as the Victorian Football Association (VFA), is a second-tier Australian rules football league. ...

Bendigo Bombers Logo The Bendigo Bombers are an Australian rules football club based in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia playing in the Victorian Football League (VFL). ...

1999

NHL: “NHL” redirects here. ...

NFL: The Atlanta Thrashers are a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

  • Cleveland Browns - technically reactivated. As part of the deal which permitted former Browns owner Art Modell to move to Baltimore, the Browns name and colors remained with Cleveland.

PBA: This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Arthur B. Modell (born June 23, 1925, Brooklyn, New York) was a National Football League team owner with the Cleveland Browns from 1961-1995 and the Baltimore Ravens from 1996-2004. ... For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

The Tanduay Rhum Masters is a former Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA), Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and Philippine Basketball League (PBL) basketball team. ...

2000s

2000

NHL: “NHL” redirects here. ...

NRL The Columbus Blue Jackets are a professional ice hockey team based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. ... The Minnesota Wild are a professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... The National Rugby League (sometimes referred to as the Telstra Premiership for sponsorship purposes) is a professional competition for rugby league clubs in Australia and New Zealand, and is Australasias primary rugby league competition. ...

PBA: The Northern Eagles were a short-lived Rugby League team, formed during the rationalisation of the National Rugby League by the merger of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the North Sydney Bears, in 2000. ... For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

Red Bull Barako is a professional team of the Philippine Basketball Association which entered the league in 2000. ...

2001

VFL: The Victorian Football League, formerly known as the Victorian Football Association (VFA), is a second-tier Australian rules football league. ...

The Tasmanian Devils Football Club is an Australian rules football team, in the Victorian Football League in Australia. ...

2002

NFL: The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

PBA: City Houston, Texas Team colors Deep Steel Blue, Battle Red, and Liberty White Head Coach Gary Kubiak Owner Robert C. McNair General manager Rick Smith Mascot Toro League/Conference affiliations National Football League (2002–present) American Football Conference (2002-present) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Houston Texans (2002–present... For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

The Air21 Express (formerly FedEx Express) is a Philippine Basketball Association team. ... The Coca-Cola Tigers is a professional team of the Philippine Basketball Association founded in 2002, when San Miguel Corporation-owned Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines bought the old RFM-owned Cosmos Bottling Corporation. ...

2003

WHL: The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ...

The Everett Silvertips are a major junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League that plays in Everett, Washington. ...

2004

NBA: The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ...

The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. They play in the Southeast Division, created because of the teams entry, of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association. ...

2005

MLS: Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ...

QMJHL: Year founded 2004 League Major League Soccer Nickname RSL, Real, Red & Blue Army Stadium Rice-Eccles Stadium Salt Lake City, UT Coach John Ellinger, 2005— Owner Dave Checketts First Game MetroStars 0–0 Real Salt Lake (Giants Stadium; April 2, 2005) Largest Win Real Salt Lake 3–0 FC Dallas... Year Founded 2004 League Major League Soccer Stadium Home Depot Center Coach Thomas Rongen, 2005- All-Time Leaders* Games - Goals - Assists - Points - Shutouts - First Game - Largest Win - Worst Defeat - MLS Cup None US Open Cup None *all stats for MLS regular season only Club Deportivo Chivas USA is a Major... The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (French: la Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec, abbreviated QMJHL in English, LHJMQ in French) is one of the three Major Junior A Tier I hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ...

The St. ... City: Saint John, New Brunswick League: Q.M.J.H.L. Conference: none Division: Eastern Founded: 2005-06 Home Arena: Harbour Station Colours: Royal Blue, Black, White & Silver Head Coach: Jacques Beaulieu General Manager: Bob LeBlanc The Saint John Sea Dogs are a major junior hockey team in the Quebec...

2006

[[Media:MLS:]] Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ...

  • Houston Dynamo (though they maintained the roster of the San Jose Earthquakes)

Super League: Year founded 2005 League Major League Soccer Nickname Dynamo, The Men in Orange Stadium Robertson Stadium Coach Dominic Kinnear, 2006— Owner AEG First Game Houston Dynamo 5–2 Colorado Rapids (Robertson Stadium; April 2, 2006) Largest Win Houston Dynamo 5–2 Colorado Rapids (Robertson Stadium; April 2, 2006) Worst Defeat... Super League (Europe) began in March 1996 and is the only full-time professional rugby league competition operating in the northern hemisphere. ...

  • Les Catalans — Although Super League currently uses a promotion and relegation system, Les Catalans, as the only French team in the otherwise all-British competition, are assured of a place in the league through 2008.

Super 14: Les Catalans are a French rugby league club based primarily in the town of Perpignan in the south of France. ... In many sports leagues around the world (with North American and Australian professional leagues being the most notable exceptions), relegation (or demotion) means the mandated transfer of the least successful team(s) of a higher division into a lower division at the end of the season. ... The Super 14 is the largest rugby union championship in the southern hemisphere, consisting of provincial teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. ...

PBA: The Central Cheetahs is a South African Super 14 rugby union franchise set to begin play in 2006. ... Western Force is a rugby union team based in Perth, Western Australia playing in the international Super 14 competition. ... For other uses of PBA, see PBA. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. ...

  • Welcoat Dragons (from the PBL, note that the promotion and relegation system was not used .)

NTFL: The Welcoat Dragons is a team in the Philippine Basketball Association for the 2006-07 PBA season. ... The Philippine Basketball League (PBL) is a commercial semi-professional basketball league in the Philippines. ... The NTFL is a 7 team Australian rules football semi-professional league operating in Darwin in the Northern Territory. ...

WHL: The Tiwi Bombers began as a representative club competing in the Northern Territory Football League 2006/07 season. ... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ...

The Chilliwack Bruins are an expansion team in the Western Hockey League, based out of Chilliwack, British Columbia. ...

2007

MLS: Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ...

NRL: Year founded 2006 League Major League Soccer Nickname TFC, Biancorossi Stadium BMO Field Coach Mo Johnston Owner MLSE First Game C.D. Chivas USA 2-0 Toronto FC (Home Depot Center; April 7, 2007) Largest Win TBD Worst Defeat New England Revolution 4-0 Toronto FC (Gillette Stadium; April 14... The National Rugby League (sometimes referred to as the Telstra Premiership for sponsorship purposes) is a professional competition for rugby league clubs in Australia and New Zealand, and is Australasias primary rugby league competition. ...

NBL: The Gold Coast Titans are the 16th and newest team in the Australasias National Rugby League competition. ... The National Basketball League is Australias top-level professional basketball competition. ...

NSWRL: The South Dragons are set to debut in Australias National Basketball League (NBL) for the 2006-07 season. ... The Singapore Slingers are the first Asian based club in the Australian National Basketball League and will commence playing in the 2006/07 season. ... The NSWRL Premier League is a second-teir Rugby League competition played in New South Wales, administered by the NSWRL and run concurrently with the NRL. The competition, which in 2006 will be made up of 13 NSW-based clubs, includes both reserve teams of NRL clubs and stand-alone...

The Auckland Lions are a franchise playing in the rugby league Bartercard Cup competition. ...

2008=

MLB: This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

  • Anchorage Shooters

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