List of shared franchise names in North American professional sports

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Many North American professional sports franchises have used the same team name. The list below are names that have been shared by two or more professional sports teams.


Name – location (sport, status)

Name refers to the team name (like Yankees).
Location refers to the city (like Toronto), state/province (California), or area (New England).
Sport refers to one of the six largest modern professional sports leagues in northern North America:

Status refers to one of five statuses of the franchise:

  • defunct – completely folded
  • moved – changed location, same name
  • renamed – changed name, same location
  • moved and renamed – changed name and location
  • no status listed – team name is currently active