10 Sports Franchises That Left Town And Destroyed Fans
When professional sports franchises decide to skip town, they leave dedicated fans in their wake. It’s a sad reality, but sports are a business where the money talks louder than the heart. Relocations are messy, and it often takes years for a losing city to recover. Like the following…
1. Montreal Expos to Washington
Relocating the Montreal franchise to Washington was a longtime in the making, as the team was basking in losing seasons and having issues drawing attendance. Claude Brochu had sold control of the team to Jeffrey Loria in 1999, and Loria failed to come through on constructing a new ballpark in downtown Montreal. After playing dozens of regular season games in Puerto Rico during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, the franchise formally moved to Washington at the start of 2005. Canadian fans were devastated, but this begs the question, why weren’t they vocal earlier?!