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If you could prevent ANY relocation in sports history from happening, which one would you prevent?

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Back to the "Cleveland Deal". To me, as a Browns fan, it simply pointed out the absurdity of how franchises and clubs are both intertwined and separate.

 

The league controls the franchises, which the corporation/club owns the rights to. The league determines who gets what franchise and what market that club can play in, as well as what name the franchise goes under. For instance, most teams aren't named just what their insignias state. It's usually Something Baseball Club Inc, or what not.

 

So, the idea that a 'franchise' moves from city to city when the business moves from city to city shouldn't happen. Baseball had it right in the early years. A team moved as many times as they wanted, but the home market always had the ability to start another "Washington Senators" or "Baltimore Orioles". Partly because the way baseball was setup with antitrust exemptions making them the defacto legal monopoly on the game. But, it created continuity. It wasn't until the Dodgers and Giants moved that the old way of doing things changed. The name, the club, the franchise, the history, moved together.

 

In reality, the league should tightly control their franchises. The clubs/business can do what they like. Want to move cities? Well, your current franchise is terminated and a new one created in your new market. All contracts honored by the rights of your franchise are terminated. Essentially creating a dispersal draft and then expansion draft. The former team doesn't 'fold' or 'relocate' they simply stop playing until one day they may come back either under that name or a new name.

 

But, watching the Browns move, and then the "Cleveland Deal" bringing them back and how they're just not the same team, the system is horribly flawed.

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I had some ideas, but after reading the whole thread I have to vote None of the above.

 

Look guys, Seattle isn't getting another NBA team.

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I think it's funny how the objection to the Browns' relocation isn't that it broke the hearts of thousands and thousands of devoted Browns fans, it's that it made record books slightly confusing.

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i would stop Fitzroy from merging with Brisbane (would still have them merge with Melbourne Demons or North Melbourne).  

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On 17/02/2016 at 0:03 PM, Coast2CoastAM2006 said:

No bring back the Quebec Nordiques? 

I said Whalers because the move south was lame.

 

I took the relocation city into account with my take - Washington DC was a big void from MLB.  I would add that the Colorado Avalanche have done hockey right, including bring some NHL love westward besides just Cali.  

Had the Nords gone to Nashville or Atlanta, then yes I might've said the Nordiques.

 

None of the Browns, Winnipeg Jets, or any other city like Houston which now has a league's team again, is valid for me.

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Philadelphia A's.  If the worthless Phillies had any competition maybe they'd have more than 2 WS in 140 years.  That, or the A's would dominate and the Phillies would have moved or folded or something.

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On 2/17/2016 at 4:59 PM, DG_Now said:

 

I was in grad school 2006-08 and too poor to go to Sonics games; I only got to one in two years.

 

One of my life goals is to live in a city with an NBA franchise. I'm pretty happy in Seattle, but not being able to see the games in person is a real drag. I've been to several NBA games in my life and I think they're only second to soccer in the live experience.

Maybe it's due to my hundreds of games, but I would hesitate to rate the overall NBA experience #2.  I've seen many of duds, mainly when the Hawks were awful-to-average.  A Tuesday night bad Hawks vs. bad Warriors was dull on the court and quiet in the arena.  If I were a kid or a guy that sees one game a season, I'd probably have been way more excited.  As a sports fan that sees 40+ games a year, though.....bad basketball is a chore to watch.  How excited would you be to see a Brooklyn/Phoenix game tonight?

 

Playoff basketball, though?  I'm in.  Right up there with any sporting event.

 

My choice would be an Atlanta hockey team....the Flames.  If their owner hadn't gone bankrupt from his housing business, the Flames would likely still be here (by most accounts, the team was successful enough off the ice) and the hockey team would have been included on the lease of Philips Arena.  (Although where Philips would be located...or where the Flames would have played for a couple seasons while Philips got built on the Omni's old site...would be interesting as well.)  They'd be enough of an institution to likely be sold to an in-town owner and never get relocated.  I would assume Calgary gets an expansion team right around the time they got selected to host the Winter Games (or shortly thereafter).

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Other than the Sonics, I would say the Whalers. A complete waste of a great logo, team, and city. Also, being the proud New Jersean that I am, the Nets

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1) Quebec Nordiques.

2) Montreal Expos.

 

3rd choice:

Hamilton Tigers.

whether they would have lasted as long as the NY/Brooklyn Americans

or longer, surviving into the "original six" era and beyond, who knows?

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7 hours ago, HedleyLamarr said:

My choice would be an Atlanta hockey team....the Flames.  If their owner hadn't gone bankrupt from his housing business, the Flames would likely still be here (by most accounts, the team was successful enough off the ice) and the hockey team would have been included on the lease of Philips Arena.  (Although where Philips would be located...or where the Flames would have played for a couple seasons while Philips got built on the Omni's old site...would be interesting as well.)  They'd be enough of an institution to likely be sold to an in-town owner and never get relocated.  I would assume Calgary gets an expansion team right around the time they got selected to host the Winter Games (or shortly thereafter).

 

I am not sure if Calgary would get an expansion team, but I wonder if the Blues would have tried to move there in 1983 instead of Saskatoon.

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I'd prevent the KC Scouts move to Colorado (as long as I also had the power to ensure a steady fanbase). This move does two things for me, 1st- I have a semi-hometown team. 2nd- The New Jersey Devils likely never come into existence.

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I have a recurring daydream where I win a lot of money and then partner with Vince McMahon to bring the Whalers back to the good fans, right here in Hartford, Connecticut. 

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