Even for the mooted 1976-77 ABA season the (wonderfully named) Spirits of St. Louis would have relocated to Utah. At least that organisation had the common sense to rename the team to something more appropriate to the new home: Utah Rockies. As you point out in the article when the NBA did eventually move into Utah they kept the (appropriately New Orleans) Jazz name for arguably the least jazzy state in the Union.St Louis does seem to suffer from relocation a lot.
Professionalism in Union (earlier, later, or competent) offers all sorts of fun optionsRather perfect timing for rugby union here. Wasps (once commonly - if unnecessarily - referred to as London Wasps) are on the move again. Having tried Loftus Road, Adams Park (Wycombe) and Coventry since leaving their home in 1996, they're now taking a new home.
Either Worcester, or Kent.
Wasps plan to move to Kent and want new stadium in county - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/67193921
I'm toying with writing a list of teams it is possible to kill through minor changes (like someone else not leaving a ground)Shout out to Gateshead's football teams, who were twice formed when a football team left South Shields for pastures new and a potentially bigger crowd. Not sure it really worked out either time. I mean, it would be hard to argue the first one did - the second lot wouldn't have moved if the previous Gateshead had still existed...
I'm toying with writing a list of teams it is possible to kill through minor changes (like someone else not leaving a ground)
I think you could easily come up with a >50% different line up for all the Big 4 North American leagues without having to try too hard(Know this is baseball and not an international sport, but still...)
Don't have the Cleveland Spiders owners buy St. Louis. Thus the NL Spiders keep chugging along while the previously bargain-basement Browns probably join the three other folding clubs in 1899. When the American League forms in 1901, it probably puts an expansion team in St. Louis. So Cleveland has one NL team instead of an AL team (the Indians/Guardians) and St. Louis has one AL team of unknown name instead of having one in each league and then only one NL.
Yes, it's confusing. The NL Browns are a predecessor to the current Cardinals. The AL Browns, the current Orioles, are legally unrelated.
Also, with the Texas Rangers having just won their first championship, both former Washington Senators teams (Twins/Rangers) are now World Series winners.
Okay, barely international. Much as the NFL might one day be.Toronto Blue Jays say Hi.
This actually isn't the case in college football, which not coincidentally is far away the closest American sport to European soccer structurally. Not because of formal promotion relegation, but simply because there are so many teams and so few games.And yet, there is so little at stake! No matter how badly your team plays, your team will be playing the same teams next season, the season thereafter, and so on ad infinitum