Cities That Have Lost the Most Teams

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10. Baltimore
> Teams lost: 5
> Most recent: Baltimore Colts, 1984
> Current teams: Orioles, Ravens

Baltimore sports fans had to suffer one of the most controversial franchise moves in American pro sports history, when Colts owner Bob Irsay quickly and quietly moved the team to Indianapolis in 1984 after stadium negotiations with the city fell through.

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9. Chicago
> Teams lost: 5
> Most recent: Chicago Cougars, 1975
> Current teams: Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, White Sox

The Chicago Cougars of the now-defunct World Hockey Association were the last pro team to leave the Windy City. The NFL’s Cardinals played in Chicago before moving to St. Louis after the 1959 season.

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8. Minneapolis
> Teams lost: 5
> Most recent: Minnesota North Stars, 1993
> Current teams: Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves

Minneapolis is represented in all four major professional sports. The last pro team to leave the city were the NHL’s North Stars, who became the Dallas Stars.

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7. Washington, D.C.
> Teams lost: 5
> Most recent: Washington Senators, 1971
> Current teams: Wizards, Redskins, Capitals, Nationals

Washington D.C. has lost two teams twice — the Capitols and Senators. The Caps were one of the original teams of the BAA, which eventually became the NBA. After five seasons, the team folded. There was a Washington Capitols revival in the ABA in 1970, but that team lasted just one season before moving to Virginia and becoming the Squires. The MLB’s Senators left D.C. twice — once after the 1960 season to become the Minnesota Twins, then after a new Senators franchise was formed that one left too after the 1971 season to become the Texas Rangers.

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6. San Diego
> Teams lost: 5
> Most recent: San Diego Chargers, 2016
> Current teams: Padres

San Diego lost teams much more recently than most cities on this list. After losing the NBA’s Rockets to Houston in 1971, San Diego welcomed a new team, the Buffalo Braves, to town and changed the team’s name to the Clippers. But owner Donald Sterling moved the team to Los Angeles after six seasons. The NFL’s Chargers, who had played in San Diego for more than 50 years, also left for Los Angeles, after the 2016 season.