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Movement of professional sports franchises, 1958-present
Published March 1, 2004
Sports franchises have long chased population trends, expanding or relocating to markets that have enjoyed the strongest growth. The following map shows cities with existing Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA and NHL teams that started playing in those cities during two key periods of population-driven expansion, 1958-1987 and 1988-present. Only teams moving or starting during those times and still playing in those cities are shown.