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Getting their move on

The Sonics are the only NBA team to relocate after at least three decades in a city. Here's a list of professional sports teams to make such a move.

June 16, 2012
  • Jerome Bettis carries the ball for the Rams in 1994, the last season the team played in Los Angeles.
Jerome Bettis carries the ball for the Rams in 1994, the last season the team… (Stephen Dunn / Allsport )

Among the professional sports teams that relocated after at least three decades in a city, the Sonics are the only NBA franchise to do so. In the vast majority of cases, it was the promise of a better ballpark, stadium or arena in the new city that inspired the move.

Team, years; League; Span; Relocated to

Brooklyn Dodgers, 1884-1957; MLB; 73; Los Angeles

New York Giants, 1884-57; MLB; 73; San Francisco

Washington Senators, 1901-60; MLB; 59; Minneapolis

Philadelphia Athletics, 1901-54; MLB; 53; Kansas City

St. Louis Browns, 1902-53; MLB; 51; Baltimore

Los Angeles Rams, 1946-94; NFL; 49; St. Louis

Seattle Sonics, 1967-08; NBA; 41; Oklahoma City

Boston Braves, 1912-52; MLB; 40; Milwaukee

Chicago Cardinals, 1920-60; NFL; 40; St. Louis

Houston Oilers, 1960-96; NFL; 37; Nashville

Montreal Expos, 1969-04; MLB; 35; Washington D.C.

Baltimore Colts, 1953-83; NFL; 31; Indianapolis

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