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They Didn’t Last the Season

January 3, 2017

The phrase “their season ended early” refers to when a sports team gets knocked out of the playoffs. Lasting to the playoffs is way better than these teams did.
They Didn’t Last the Season

American Professional Football Association

Before it was called the NFL, the major pro football league was the American Professional Football Association, which began play in 1920. As the league (and sport) struggled to gain traction, the league faced major financial problems. One team folded after the first season, and four teams that joined in 1921 lasted only a year…or less. The original New York Giants played two games before folding. The Buffalo-based Tonanwanda Kardex was out of the APFL after a single game.

Canadian Football League

In the early ’90s, the Canadian Football League made a play at international expansion with the placement of seven teams in the United States, specifically in cities that didn’t have an NFL team but where football was very popular. While the two-year experiment was successful in some places (the Baltimore Stallions won the CFL championship, the Grey Cup), it wasn’t in all the rest. In fact, the San Antonio Texans (which moved from Sacramento) folded before any games were played in Texas.

American Basketball Association

The American Basketball Association competed with the NBA for fans from 1967 to 1976 before the entire operation went out of business. (A few teams, such as the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs, joined the NBA.) Financial instability led to countless team moves and foldings, but the San Diego Sail and Utah Stars are unique cases, even for the ABA. They bowed out of the league midway through the season. Another team, the Baltimore Claws, ran out of money before the season started.

World Hockey Association

The World Hockey Association was like the ABA of hockey, and of a similar vintage. And like the ABA, it lasted less than a decade and what was left of the league at the end of its 1972 to 1979 run was absorbed by the competition (the Edmonton Oilers were once a WHA team, for example). One of the initial 12 WHA teams was supposed to be the Calgary Broncos, but they moved to Cleveland and were renamed the Crusaders before they played any games. After just two years in Cleveland, the team moved again, this time to St. Paul, Minnesota. The newly renamed Fighting Saints lasted less than a season.

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January 3, 2017 2:54 pm

The San Antonio Texans portion is slightly inaccurate. The original Texans did fold without playing a game in the CFL, but the Sacramento Gold Miners moved to San Antonio in 1995, took on the Texans name, and played one season there (making the playoffs and hosting a first round game)

January 3, 2017 5:55 pm

Your info on the CFL is close but incorrect
Initially there were to be two U.S. teams added in 1993-the Sacramento Gold Miners and the San Antonio Texans. But before the season started the Texans dropped out.
After two seasons the Gold Miners moved to San Antonio & were named the Texans
That version of the Texans played in the 1995 season & went 12-6.
After the 1995 season the U.S. teams other than Baltimore all folded and Baltimore moved to Montreal

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