Sports Leagues TOP Franchises.


  1. jayefef

    jayefef Well-Known Member

    Was having a discussion with a friend and we were trying to figure out which teams are the TOP teams in their respective league. Meaning they have the highest prestige, legacy, history, value to their league. If these teams left the league or disappeared overnight, the league would suffer.

    MLB (in no particular order)
    Yankees
    Red Sox
    Cubs
    Dodgers

    NBA
    Lakers
    Celtics
    Knicks
    Bulls

    NFL
    Cowboys
    Bears
    Steelers
    Packers
    Giants

    NHL
    Red Wings
    Maple Leafs
    Canadiens
    Bruins
    Rangers
    Blackhawks

    Am I missing a team? Care to argue for your team?

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  2. VegasOnAcid

    VegasOnAcid Well-Known Member

    NHL wise, The Hawks, Bruins, and Rangers have some pretty rich history, but besides being a in a major US city would not have such impact on the sport if they were not around. I think the Penguins deserve a spot, they have a storied history and have been home to 3 of the best players to ever play. Mario, Jagr and Crosby.


    I think Pats and Niners deserve a spot in NFL too.
  3. cfoley23

    cfoley23 Well-Known Member

    I am in no way trying to be a homer but three key ones you are missing are the Phillies, Eagles and Flyers.

    Phillies- highest attendance in MLB in a mid sized stadium with 100+ sell outs in a row, they are one of the oldest franchises in sports, yes we've only won two world series but we have had some of the greatest players of all time in their respective postions play(ed) here for many years: Richie Ashburn, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and some would argue Chase Utley.

    Eagles- Forbes has them ranked the #11 most valuable sports teams in the world, they are contenders every year (at least since 2000) and are almost always in super bowl talk (except for maybe this year), One of the largest fan bases in the NFL, from school i met a lot of people from all over the country who are die hard Brids fans.

    Flyers- this is the easiest one to argue for. They have they second highest winning percentage among active teams behind the Habs. They have only missed the playoffs (im not 100% sure on the number but its in that general area) 9 times since the team was made in 1967. Broad Street Bullies. Legion of Doom. Everyone loves to hate them. Two Stanley cups and many more cup appearances.

    i could go on for all, but dont have the time to. once again i am not trying to be a homer, but those are just a small case for each team.
  4. jayjay1122

    jayjay1122 Well-Known Member

    Ya know, I could see why you would say that, but I have to disagree a little bit. Historically the NHL has had a spike in popularity every time an original 6 team (other than the Wings only cause they have been winning) wins the cup.

    I think the sport needs it.

    Think back to how popular the NHL was nationally in the mid 90's after the Rangers won the cup, even hip hop was all about hockey jerseys!
  5. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Guide

    Well, the Yankees are the top franchise in all of sports. That's just a fact (even if you hate them - it's the truth).
  6. VegasOnAcid

    VegasOnAcid Well-Known Member

    Better for hockey in the USA, which is good for me cause I live here. But move the Rangers to even a small Canadian city and the fan base will be more dedicated then it is now in New York and rating regionally will be good all the time not just when they are winning.

    What Jayefefe is asking is not completely clear to me tho. You can be an incredible team historically but have little to no value to the league today. Look at the Islanders or the Blackhawks 3-4 years ago.
  7. jayefef

    jayefef Well-Known Member

    I think Manchester United has them beat but I limited it to US sports leagues. I think more people here care about MU than care about the Yanks in the UK.
  8. cfoley23

    cfoley23 Well-Known Member

    In Baseball? yes. In America? possibly. but in ALL of sports? that title belongs to Manchester United :)

    Edit: I didn't see the post above this. glad to see someone else agrees haha.
  9. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Guide

    If you wanna get that technical about it.. then Real Madrid > Manchester United

    We live in the states so obviously I would only be referring to North American sports.
  10. VegasOnAcid

    VegasOnAcid Well-Known Member

    Man U is worth almost half a billion more then Real Madrid.

    I think the Cowboys are worth more then the Yankees too right?
  11. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Guide

    In Pictures: The 10 Most Valuable Teams In Sports - No. 1 Manchester United - Forbes.com

    Top 5:
    1) Manchester United
    2) Dallas Cowboys
    3) Washington Redskins (I have no idea how this is even possible lol)
    4) New York Yankees
    5) New England Patriots

    I was a little more baffled that the Texans ranked #10 even though they have never reached the postseason in their short existence.

    So I suppose I should change my previous statement to the Yankees are the most successful North American sports franchise.
  12. jayefef

    jayefef Well-Known Member

    I try to take into account history and success but I was going for market size and total number of fans spread across the country also.

    The Bears and Cubs havent had successful years recently but if they disappeared many people would be hurting even non fans of those teams..

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