Special Report

Cities That Have Lost the Most Teams

For the first time in many years, some NFL franchises are on the move. The Chargers and Rams recently left their host cities of San Diego and St. Louis to move to California, and the Oakland Raiders have announced plans to move to Las Vegas soon. These teams have sought more favorable economic opportunities, leaving their old fans behind.

Losing a team can be devastating for the fans. When a franchise leaves an area, all those fans are left without the team they grew up cheering for, and they must decide whether to continue supporting their old team from afar, choose a new allegiance, or give up on that league altogether. Though it has not happened in decades, teams have also folded due to financial strain, lack of support, or because the league they played in dissolved. This has happened to some truly great franchises.

These losses also can be difficult for the restaurants, hotels, and other businesses that rely on nearby sports franchises to drive business. Unfortunately for some cities, they lost more than their fair share of teams.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed historical sports data from the Sports Reference family of sites to determine the cities that have lost the most teams in modern American sports history..


To determine the cities that have lost the most teams, 24/7 Wall St. used data from the Sports Reference family of sites to review the histories of major American pro sports leagues — the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, AFL, WHA, and ABA — and tally the number of pro sports franchises from each city that either relocated or folded. Teams were associated with the major metro area nearest to their home stadium.

Click here to see the cities that have lost the most teams.

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