Joined the National League as an expansion team to begin the 1998 season.
🏈 NFL: 1920-2021 102 2
The team was established in Chicago in 1898 as an amateur football team and joined the NFL as a charter member in 1920 as the Chicago Cardinals
🏀 NBA: 1969-2021 53
The franchise began play in 1968 as an expansion team, and their early years were shrouded in mediocrity, but their fortunes changed in the 1970s after partnering Dick Van Arsdale and Alvan Adams with...
NHL: 1973-2021 49 3
Originally founded on December 27, 1971, as the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association (WHA), they were one of four franchises absorbed into the National Hockey League after the WHA had ceased ...

Defunct Teams

Teams that have folded or moved away from the Arizona area.
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The franchise originally competed in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1967 to 1974 after being moved from Victoria, British Columbia, where they had played for the three previous seasons as the Ma...
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