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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The addition of an expansion team 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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In the NBA, The Milwaukee Bucks won the 1971 NBA Finals in 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.
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 soonest that any of the six expansion teams won a Super Bowl was 27 seasons (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, established in 1976, won Super Bowl XXXVII in the 2002 season); none of the four teams to hold expansion drafts since 1995 have ever won that contest, with only one, the Carolina Panthers (who reached the game in their 9th and 21st seasons of existence) playing in the game.
The club joined the NFL in as an expansion team, along with the Seattle Seahawks.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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In Major League Baseball (MLB) The Arizona Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series in their fourth season, and the Florida Marlins won the 1997 World Series in their fifth season.
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.
In return, he was allowed to take his own personnel and team to Baltimore, where such personnel would then form an expansion team.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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In, the Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars each made it to their respective conference championship games in their second season in the league.
The Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers joined the NFL as expansion teams for the 1995 season.

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 relocation controversy

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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.
The Ravens are officially regarded by the NFL as an expansion team that began play in.

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.
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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The current MLB franchise was established as one of the league's first two expansion teams in 1961 by Gene Autry, the team's first owner.

Texas Rangers (baseball)

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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).

Super Bowl XXXVIII

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The soonest that any of the six expansion teams won a Super Bowl was 27 seasons (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, established in 1976, won Super Bowl XXXVII in the 2002 season); none of the four teams to hold expansion drafts since 1995 have ever won that contest, with only one, the Carolina Panthers (who reached the game in their 9th and 21st seasons of existence) playing in the game.
The franchise was only in their ninth year of existence, joining the league as an expansion team in 1995.

New York Mets

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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.

Seattle Mariners

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The team joined the American League as an expansion team in 1977 playing their home games in the Kingdome.

Toronto Blue Jays

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An expansion franchise, the club was founded in Toronto in 1977.

Tampa Bay Rays

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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.

Houston Rockets

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The team was established in 1967 as the San Diego Rockets, an expansion team originally based in San Diego.

Milwaukee Brewers

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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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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.

2001 World Series

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In Major League Baseball (MLB) The Arizona Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series in their fourth season, and the Florida Marlins won the 1997 World Series in their fifth 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).

Florida Panthers

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In the NHL, the Florida Panthers made the Stanley Cup Finals in their third season 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.

Portland Trail Blazers

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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.

Utah Jazz

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The franchise began play as an expansion team in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz (as a tribute to New Orleans' history of originating Jazz music).