Expansion team

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An expansion team is a new team in a sports league, usually from a city that has not hosted a team in that league before, formed with the intention of satisfying the demand for a local team from a population in a new area.wikipedia
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Expansion draft

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That sometimes results in the payment of an expansion fee to the league by the new team and an expansion draft to populate the new roster.
An expansion draft, in professional sports, occurs when a sports league decides to create one or more new expansion teams or franchises.

Milwaukee Bucks

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The Milwaukee Bucks won the 1971 NBA Finals in only their third year of existence, greatly helped by drafting Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 1969 draft and acquiring Oscar Robertson from the Cincinnati Royals before the 1970-71 season began. 1968: Milwaukee Bucks; Phoenix Suns
The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, and play at the Fiserv Forum.

Professional sports league organization

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The term is most commonly used in reference to the North American major professional sports leagues but is applied to sports leagues in other countries with a closed franchise system of league membership.
On occasion a league may decide to grow by admitting a new expansion team into the league.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The National Football League, despite being considered the most generous in its revenue sharing and the strictest with its salary cap, has had far more difficulty bringing expansion teams up to par with their more established brethren: since the AFL–NFL merger, the soonest that any of the six expansion teams that have been added after the merger would win a Super Bowl was 27 seasons (the time it took for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the team's 1976 establishment to win Super Bowl XXXVII in early 2003); none of the four that have been added since 1995 have ever won that contest, with only one, the Carolina Panthers (who reached the game eight years after their founding, and again 12 years later) even playing in the NFL's championship game.
Along with the Seattle Seahawks, the team joined the NFL in as an expansion team.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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The Arizona Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series in only their fourth season. 1998: Arizona Diamondbacks; Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now Tampa Bay Rays)
The Diamondbacks have won one World Series championship (defeating the New York Yankees in 2001) – becoming the fastest expansion team in the Major Leagues to win a championship, which it did in only the fourth season since the franchise's inception.

Baltimore Ravens

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One exception is the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL): when the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore, an agreement was reached for which the trademark and history of the pre-1996 Cleveland Browns remained in that city and was claimed by the post-1999 Browns when the league placed a new franchise there, even though the personnel and roster had moved to Baltimore to become the Ravens.Another exception is the New Orleans Pelicans, who were previously known as the New Orleans Hornets after relocating to New Orleans from Charlotte, N.C., in 2002.
In return, he was allowed to take his own personnel and team to Baltimore, where such personnel would then form an expansion team.

Charlotte Hornets

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The Charlotte Hornets segment of the franchise's history was sold to the then-Charlotte Bobcats (themselves formerly considered a 2004 expansion team) and the 2002 New Orleans Hornets are now officially regarded as an expansion team.
The original Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team, owned by George Shinn.

Cleveland Browns

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One exception is the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL): when the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore, an agreement was reached for which the trademark and history of the pre-1996 Cleveland Browns remained in that city and was claimed by the post-1999 Browns when the league placed a new franchise there, even though the personnel and roster had moved to Baltimore to become the Ravens.Another exception is the New Orleans Pelicans, who were previously known as the New Orleans Hornets after relocating to New Orleans from Charlotte, N.C., in 2002. The transplantation of the Cleveland Browns' roster to Baltimore and its restocking via expansion has so far crippled the franchise, with it ranking among the worst in league history since the expansion and only appearing in the NFL playoffs once, having yet to win a playoff game since then.
The Browns' intellectual property, including team name, logos, training facility, and history, were kept in trust and the franchise was regarded by the NFL as suspended, with a new team to be established by 1999 either by expansion or relocation.

Potential London NFL franchise

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The U.S.-based NFL has been laying groundwork for a potential franchise in the UK, tentatively slated to launch in 2022.
The London NFL franchise is a hypothetical National Football League (NFL) American football team based in London, England; formed as a new expansion team, or by relocating one of the existing 32 NFL teams currently based in the United States.

Los Angeles Angels

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1961: Los Angeles Angels (later California Angels, then Anaheim Angels, then Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, now Los Angeles Angels once again); Washington Senators (now Texas Rangers)
The current MLB franchise was established as an expansion team in 1961 by Gene Autry (1907–1998), the team's first owner.

Texas Rangers (baseball)

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1961: Los Angeles Angels (later California Angels, then Anaheim Angels, then Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, now Los Angeles Angels once again); Washington Senators (now Texas Rangers)
The franchise was established in 1961 as the Washington Senators, an expansion team awarded to Washington, D.C., after the city's first AL ballclub, the second Washington Senators, moved to Minnesota and became the Twins (the original Washington Senators played primarily in the National League during the 1890s).

Seattle Mariners

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1977: Seattle Mariners; Toronto Blue Jays
The team joined the American League as an expansion team in 1977.

New York Mets

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1962: Houston Colt .45s (now Houston Astros); New York Mets
One of baseball's first expansion teams, the Mets were founded in 1962 to replace New York's departed NL teams, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants.

Toronto Blue Jays

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1977: Seattle Mariners; Toronto Blue Jays
An expansion franchise, the club was founded in Toronto in 1977.

Houston Rockets

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1967: San Diego Rockets (now Houston Rockets); Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder)
The team was established as the San Diego Rockets, an expansion team originally based in San Diego, in 1967.

Tampa Bay Rays

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1998: Arizona Diamondbacks; Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now Tampa Bay Rays)
Following nearly three decades of unsuccessfully trying to gain an expansion franchise or enticing existing teams to relocate to the Tampa Bay Area, an ownership group led by Vince Naimoli was approved on March 9, 1995.

Milwaukee Brewers

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1969: Kansas City Royals; Montreal Expos (now Washington Nationals); San Diego Padres; Seattle Pilots (now Milwaukee Brewers)
The team was founded in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots, an expansion team of the American League (AL), in Seattle, Washington.

Phoenix Suns

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1968: Milwaukee Bucks; Phoenix Suns
The franchise began play in 1968 as an expansion team, and their early years were shrouded in mediocrity, but their fortunes changed in the 1970s, where, after partnering long-term guard Dick Van Arsdale and center Alvan Adams with Paul Westphal, the Suns reached the 1976 NBA Finals, in what is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in NBA history.

Portland Trail Blazers

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1970: Cleveland Cavaliers; Buffalo Braves (later San Diego Clippers, now Los Angeles Clippers); Portland Trail Blazers
The franchise entered the league as an expansion team in 1970, and has enjoyed a strong following: from 1977 through 1995, the team sold out 814 consecutive home games, the longest such streak in American major professional sports at the time, and only since surpassed by the Boston Red Sox.

2001 World Series

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The Arizona Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series in only their fourth season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks began play in 1998, along with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, as the youngest expansion team in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Utah Jazz

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1974: New Orleans Jazz (now Utah Jazz)
The franchise began play in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz (as a tribute to New Orleans' history of originating Jazz music), an expansion team based in New Orleans; the Jazz moved to Salt Lake City in 1979.

Los Angeles Clippers

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1970: Cleveland Cavaliers; Buffalo Braves (later San Diego Clippers, now Los Angeles Clippers); Portland Trail Blazers
The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year.

Florida Panthers

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The Florida Panthers made the Stanley Cup Finals in only their 3rd season in the National Hockey League (NHL) even though, like MLB, the league then had no salary cap.
The Panthers had one of the most successful first seasons of any expansion team, finishing just two points below .500 and narrowly missing out on the final 1994 playoff spot in the East.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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1967: San Diego Rockets (now Houston Rockets); Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder)
The team was originally established as the Seattle SuperSonics, an expansion team that joined the NBA for the.

Washington Wizards

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1961: Chicago Packers (later Chicago Zephyrs, then Baltimore Bullets, then Capital Bullets, then Washington Bullets, now Washington Wizards)
The team now known as the Wizards began playing as the Chicago Packers in 1961, as the first modern expansion team in NBA history, an expansion prompted by Abe Saperstein's American Basketball League.