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date: 08 August 2020

Franchise Relocation 

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Author(s):
Daniel S. MasonDaniel S. MASON

The relocation of professional major sports teams from one city or region to another has a long history in the development and spread of professional sports in North America. In the early years of sport league development, teams typically moved in search of a loyal fan base. Since the 1980s, relocation has more often been motivated by ownership’s goal of maximizing profits by playing in a city that will provide it a new stadium and tax relief; this is why the Lakers (formerly of Minneapolis) have played professional basketball since 1960 in the virtually lakeless city of Los Angeles, California. ...

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