⚾ MLB: 1993-2021 29 2
Joined the National League as an expansion team to begin the 1993 season.
🏈 NFL: 1966-2021 56 2
The Dolphins were founded by attorney-politician Joe Robbie and actor-comedian Danny Thomas. They began play in the AFL in 1966. The region had not had a professional football team since the days of t...
🏀 NBA: 1989-2021 33 3
The franchise began play in the 1988–89 season as an expansion team. After a period of mediocrity, the Heat gained relevance during the 1990s following the appointment of former head coach Pat Riley a...
NHL: 1994-2021 28
The Panthers began playing in the 1993–94 NHL season, where they set the then-record for most successful expansion team until the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017–18. The team has made one appearance in t...

Defunct Teams

Teams that have folded or moved away from the Miami area.
F i l t e r   &   S o r t 
The Miami Floridians, later in their history known simply as The Floridians, were a professional basketball franchise in the original, now-defunct American Basketball Association. The Miami Floridians...
The team began barnstorming around Miami in 1930 as Florida Cuban Giants. Joined the East–West League in 1932 as Pollock's Cuban Stars. The returned as an independent team moniker from 1933 until 1936.
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.