10 Franchises Likely To Disappear

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

In the world of professional sports, there are multiple reasons why a franchise may disappear. A team may fail to attract fans, which leads to low revenues, and an unprofitable team. The Atlanta Thrashers faced this problem in 2011 and were sold to a Canadian ownership group, who promptly moved the team to Winnipeg. In the NBA, Seattle lost their beloved SuperSonics because the city would not help subsidize a new arena. Despite the team’s history in Seattle, the lack of an NBA-quality arena resulted in the franchise moving to Oklahoma City. Currently, there are still many teams in the Big Four sports in North America that face the threat of relocation. The Tampa Bay Rays and Florida Panthers play in front of empty seats almost every night. Meanwhile, the Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders may flee the city for a new stadium, leaving Oakland without a professional sport franchise. At the end of the day, if a franchise has problems making money, or does not have a suitable stadium to play out of, they become a candidate for relocation.

10. Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets entered the NHL in 2000 as an expansion franchise. Since then, they have made the playoffs twice – never finishing higher than 7th in their conference – and have yet to win a playoff game. An expansion franchise is not expected to have immediate success, but the Blue Jackets haven’t had any. Building a fan base with a losing team is a challenge. According to Forbes, they are the least valuable team in the league and filled their arena, on average, to 80% capacity for the 2012-13 season – last in the NHL. Though their attendance figures stayed the same this season, their young prospects are starting to reach their potential, and they finally have an exceptional goaltender to carry the load. A lengthy playoff run may be difficult this year, but fans may finally see a light at the end of the tunnel, which may help them avoid the threat of relocation.

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Next: 9. Charlotte Bobcats
We Recommend
More On SportsBreak
  • 15 Athletes Who Died In The Middle Of Their Careers

    Long after the spotlight of an arena full of fans has faded, retired athletes move on to all kinds of other careers and journeys in life.

    SPORTS
  • 10 Players Who Would Beat LeBron 1-on-1

    While Miami Heat small forward Lebron James has established himself as the game’s best player the past five or so years, the question that has been posed by many is, “who can challenge or dethrone him?” King James poses many

    NBA
  • 12 Athletes Who Blew Through Their Money

    We’ve all seen their smiling faces, lit up by the white hot spotlight of a press conference, shaking hands with an owner/GM as they agree to the “big contract.

    SPORTS
  • 10 Worst Contracts in NBA History

    If every NBA General Manger had a crystal ball, bad contracts would not exist. No one would be overpaid. Fans wouldn’t have to watch a player collect a large paycheck by sitting on the bench every night.

    NBA
  • The 11 Best Moments in The Federer-Nadal Rivalry

    Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal have spun together one of the most compelling rivalries in the history of sports. Certain matches between the two have aided in shaping this rivalry and sparking all the questions that are still being asked today. Here are the 11 best moments in the sometimes-friendly-sometimes-not rivalry between two of the game’s greatest players.

    TENNIS
  • 10 Biggest March Madness Upsets

    Let’s make this clear, the #1 most fascinating aspect of NCAA March Madness is the upsets. We count down ten of the best and most shocking upsets from the history of the tournament.

    NCAA BASKETBALL
  • 12 MLB Free Agents With Something To Prove

    There was a mountain of money tossed around during the Major League Baseball off-season. General managers were literally climbing all over themselves to sign big-ticket free agents in a bid to bolster their championship fortunes.

    MLB
  • The 8 Biggest NHL Trade Deadline Deals

    The silly season is nearly upon the NHL. The March 2nd trade deadline is but five days away and over-analyzed movement has already begun.

    NHL
  • 6 MLB Off Season Free Agent and Trade Losers

    The winter sweeps are over and many a major league baseball team re-tooled, either to improve their lot in life, or make the playoffs. But, there were teams asleep at the switch and their season’s might derail because of inactivity, or wrong activity in the free agent and trade markets.

    MLB
  • The 8 Best NBA All-Star Game Moments

    The NBA All-Star weekend is filled with superstar players, amazing performances, thrilling drunks and almost zero defense. We count down our eight favourite things in All-Star Game history, including memorable Dunk Contest moments.

    NBA
  • 6 MLB Off-Season Free Agent and Trade Winners

    The MLB off-season is just about over and through trades and free agency, some teams got measurably better. Maybe not world championship better, but certainly miles ahead of 2014.

    MLB
  • The 10 Best Memes From Super Bowl XLIX

    Check out our ten favourite memes that the internet came up with during (and after) this year’s edition of the Super Bowl. Katy Perry. Halftime sharks. Richard Sherman. Deflategate. No one was safe.

    NFL
  • The 14 Most Expensive Transfers in Soccer History

    As the fight for Champions League supremacy rages on in Europe, teams are more willing to splurge for bigger names and better players than ever before. Foreign owners with deep pockets have contributed to driving prices up, up, and up some more. Here are the most pricey player purchases of all time.

    SOCCER
  • Top 5 Things to Look For During Super Bowl XLIX

    Super Bowl Sunday is almost upon us, thank goodness. The media circus gives way to an actual football game, where many different scenarios could play out. We have five things to look for come game day.

    NFL
  • 6 Outrageous Super Bowl Predictions

    Wardrobe malfunctions. Amazing comebacks. Stadium-wide blackouts. Sometimes things happen in the Super Bowl that no one could have predicted. This year we try to get ahead of the craziness and make a few ridiculous predictions of our own.

    NFL
  • 8 Of The Funniest Super Bowl Commercials Ever

    Commercials are as much a part of the Super Bowl as suds and chicken wings. And, in some cases, more interesting than the game. The all-time funny ones are classic and here for viewing enjoyment, again.

    NFL
  • Marshawn Lynch’s 8 Greatest Moments

    As Beast Mode prepares to play in his second straight Super Bowl, we took a look back at the most memorable moments of his career. Everything from amazing plays and huge fines to crotch grabbing and non-interviews make the list.

    NFL
  • 5 Biggest Super Bowl Blowouts

    No one likes to be on the receiving end of a lopsided score, especially at a Super Bowl.

    NFL
  • 9 Most Amazing Super Bowl Moments

    The Super Bowl has given us five decades of unforgettable moments. From amazing plays to horrible blunders, check out our picks for the nine best moments in Super Bowl history.

    NFL
Comments

211 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Sportsbreak Video

Top