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08-12-2013, 09:27 AM
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Plenty of sports franchises from major markets have been rumored to be on the move and the closeness of relocation wasn't subtle but generally done as leverage for new complexes. The Chicago White Sox were nearly all set in being relocated to the St. Pete area in the late 80s. The San Diego Padres to Washington in the 70s was so close that Topps Baseball cards printed "Washington" on players' cards and uniforms were designed. Just a few years ago, the Patriots, though historically not nearly as popular as the current rendition and arguably the fourth most popular pro team in the region, flirted with a move to Connecticut.

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