The Best Sports Franchises Of All Time

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List Criteria: The greatest professional teams. No minor league teams, iconic collegiate teams okay

The best sports franchises in sports history, ranked by sports fans for sports fans. Most teams have a dynasty that only lasts for a few years. But a great sports franchise is consistently successful on and off the playing field, earning loyalty and respect from the team's fans and the sports world as a whole. Anyone can vote for their favorite franchises on this list, or add their own list of the best sports franchises to these rankings. So, whether you're a hardcore sports fan or just a fan of how certain teams play the game, this is the place to release your inner SportsCenter commentator.

What are the best sports teams of all time? Can a basketball dynasty edge out a classic baseball favorite? The fans get to decide on this list of the best sports teams ever. But remember, the top clubs aren't necessarily the most successful sports franchises. Some may have losing records overall, or have just enjoyed a few short bursts of glory, but no matter their win-lose percentages, these teams have stood the test of time and made history as the some of the favorites of all time.
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    Auburn Hills

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  2. 49
    + 148
    - 374

    added by snowman69
    Atlanta

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  3. 48
    + 194
    - 534


    Miami metropolitan area

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  4. 47
    + 83
    - 184

    added by marcus-ramos
    Seattle

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  5. 46
    + 170
    - 426


    Oakland

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  6. 45
    + 153
    - 345

    added by yankeesmdfan
    Tuscaloosa

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  7. 44
    + 95
    - 206


    Edmonton

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  8. 43
    + 81
    - 155

    added by dannyseven
    Toronto

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  9. 42
    + 199
    - 459


    Oakland

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  10. 41
    + 114
    - 198


    Oakland

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    + 102
    - 212


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    + 131
    - 249


    New York City

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    + 101
    - 115

    ranked low on reranks

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  14. 37
    + 90
    - 188

    added by EmilianoLanzoni
    Turin

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  15. 36
    + 232
    - 552


    Denver

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  16. 35
    + 235
    - 524


    Milan

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  17. 34
    + 244
    - 513


    Holloway

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  18. 33
    + 210
    - 490


    Los Angeles

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  19. 32
    + 242
    - 486


    Detroit

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  20. 31
    + 266
    - 571


    San Francisco

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    + 176
    - 308

    added by ChrisRubin
    Pittsburgh

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  22. 29
    + 248
    - 510


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    + 272
    - 478

    added by snowman69
    Chicago

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  24. 27
    + 207
    - 305

    added by henry216
    New Zealand Rugby Union

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  25. 26
    + 242
    - 435

    added by sebbzor

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  26. 25
    + 252
    - 408


    Germany

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  27. 24
    + 231
    - 386

    added by sebbzor
    Munich

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  28. 23
    + 377
    - 766


    New York City

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  29. 22
    + 370
    - 734


    Chicago

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  30. 21
    + 246
    - 429

    added by dannyseven
    Boston

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  31. 20
    + 394
    - 757


    Notre Dame

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    - 459

    ranked low on reranks
    Chicago

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    + 557
    - 831


    Madrid

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  34. 17
    + 470
    - 771


    Los Angeles

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    + 593
    - 1,183

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Arlington

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  36. 15
    + 583
    - 939


    San Francisco

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  37. 14
    + 587
    - 680


    San Antonio

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  38. 13
    + 697
    - 968


    St. Louis

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  39. 12
    + 688
    - 998


    Montreal, Québec

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  40. 11
    + 703
    - 827


    Barcelona

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  41. 10
    + 826
    - 1,120


    Old Trafford, Greater Manchester

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  42. 9
    + 808
    - 1,105


    Foxborough

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  43. 8
    + 824
    - 1,119


    Detroit

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  44. 7
    + 814
    - 1,130


    Boston

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  45. 6
    + 875
    - 1,239


    Pittsburgh

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  46. 5
    + 927
    - 1,131


    Chicago

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  47. 4
    + 1,128
    - 1,359


    Green Bay

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  48. 3
    + 1,043
    - 1,517

    most listed
    Los Angeles

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  49. 2
    + 1,152
    - 1,431


    Boston

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    + 1,466
    - 1,723

    the people's #1
    New York City, The Bronx

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