Colorado Rockies Logo
⚾ MLB: 1993-2020 28
Joined the National League as an expansion team to begin the 1993 season.
Denver Broncos Logo
🏈 NFL: 1960-2020 61 3
The Denver Broncos began to play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) and joined the NFL as part of the merger in 1970. The Broncos are owned by the estate of Pat Bowlen a...
Denver Nuggets Logo
🏀 NBA: 1968-2020 53
The team was founded as the Denver Larks in 1967 as a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association (ABA), but changed their name to Rockets before the first season. The Rockets then change...
Colorado Avalanche Logo
NHL: 1973-2020 48 3
The Avalanche were founded in 1972 as the Quebec Nordiques and were one of the charter franchises of the World Hockey Association. The franchise joined the NHL in 1979 as a result of the NHL–WHA merge...

Defunct Teams

Teams that have folded or moved away from the Denver area.
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Colorado Rockies Logo
NHL: 1977-1982 6
The club was founded as the Kansas City Scouts in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1974. The Scouts moved to Denver, Colorado in 1976 and became the Colorado Rockies. In 1982, they moved to East Rutherford, ...
Denver Nuggets Logo
The Denver Nuggets were a professional basketball team based in Denver. The Nuggets joined the National Basketball League (NBL) for the 1948–49 season, and then joined the National Basketball Associat...
The early history of sports contains hundreds of teams that appeared for only 1 or 2 seasons before folding. Most of these teams have no historical photographs or articles, so are omitted from this list to reduce clutter. To view a comprehensive list of all defunct teams, browse to the early leagues section for baseball, football, basketball, or hockey.
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