Best Sports Franchises in the World

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1New York YankeesThe New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the Bronx, New York City, New York, that competes in Major League Baseball.

The Yankees already had 18 WS Championships by the time the infant Cowboys came into existence. Manchester has more glittery trophies to show off, but that's because they play like 3 different tournaments a year; the Yankees have one chance in one year to get THE trophy. The Lakers don't even have the most titles in their own sport, and Montreal hasn't won anything in 20 years.

The 27 World Series wins puts the Yankees above all other pro sporting franchises in the world. Please keep in mind that the 53 titles won by Rangers FC are LEAGUE titles and NOT WORLD titles. Same goes for Real Madrid, whose 9 UEFA titles fall 18 short to the Yankees 27 WS.

The Yankees and the Canadians are the top two sport franchises in the world with 27 and 24 championships respectively. No one comes close.

You could say whoever wins MLB, NBA and NFL are World Champions cause no other champion from any other league could beat them

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2Manchester United Football ClubManchester United Football Club is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

Anyone not saying Manchester United is an idiot. Dallas cowboys born in 1960's? So United or Newton Heath have a history dating back to 1878. They ARE the biggest value club in the world with over 330(est) million supporters worldwide.

Yankees name is known more but but that does not make them popular.

No one can argue that Manchester united are the richest club in the world it's a fact proven by forbes. so this is really a stupid debate.

Without question Manchester United is the Greatest Sports Franchise in the World. Simple Facts spell that out. The highest revenue of ALL Sports. Largest Fan base of ALL sports. Largest T.V. audience Worldwide of ALL Sports. Is this just a small minded American thing to think the Yankees are even comparable to Manchester United? Laughable.

ARE you kidding, How is manchester united not the number one franchise! 19 titles, 11 FA Cup titles, 3 Champions League Wins, 5% of the world is in the fan base, Most value Franchise. Anyone who says Man U isn't the greatest franchise is just another hater

How can you even compare a locally popular sport with the number one sport in the world.

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3Los Angeles LakersThe Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California, that competes in the National Basketball Association.

Best franchise of all time! no question. has produced 3 of the top 5 best basketball players of all time and they market well and don't spend double of what other franchises do to win (Yankees). Manchester should be disqualified because they are real football which is by far the most popular sport in the world. And the Cowboys should be disqualified because they are the NFL which just proves how stupid Americans are. Just wanting to be different and having a sport that no one else plays. Retarded

The Lakers won 16 NBA championships and have been to the playoffs more than any other NBA franchise. The Lakers also have some of the best players in NBA history to go along with the team's successes.

Are you kidding me. Most popular nab team. They have legends. It those not care about the ring

Always in the playoffs, many championships, and a media empire.

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4Montreal CanadiensThe Montreal Canadiens are a Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, that competes in the National Hockey League.

Simple fact, 24 championships, beat that Broncos! Very obvious that this poll is answer by mainly narrow minded people, ie, Yanks

dwarfs all others hockey franchises by a margin unrivaled in any sports league - adampowell

As their motto states "The Club IS Hockey"

There close to there fans.

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5Dallas CowboysThe Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.

The Dallas Cowboys have and always will be Americans Team! Plenty of fans and plenty of HATERS! How bout them Cowboys!

The most famous franchise on the world, just ask Michael Irvin, stankees suck 27 whole bunch of nothings, go cowboys

Really dallas when was the last time they won a super bowl? Exactly the pittsburgh steelers have six of them and the cowboys haven't won since the 90's

#2 or #1 richest most memorabilia sold in America this team is #1 or #2 period

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6Pittsburgh SteelersThe Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that competes in the National Football League.

You can travel to any city in the country and are most likely to see some Steelers gear over any outside franchise.

The Steelers have the most Superbowl wins an amazing offense and has been representing for ages

Most Rings, most AFC Championships, best fans

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7Green Bay PackersThe Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference North division.

With Football and American football being the 1st and 2nd most watched sport in the world, the best sports franchise has to be a team from one of these two sports. Therefore, the only real choices here are Manchester World Football Club, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburg Steelers, and the Green Bay Packers.

But, I'm an American and I live in Wisconsin so the choice is a simple one.

While the Yankees are obviously the most "storied" sports franchise in the U.S. , the Packers rank very close, with far less negative "drama, " Brett Favre not withstanding. Owned by the fans, and operating in the smallest of markets, there's something very down-to-Earth about the Packers that's undeniable!

I am not a Packer fan my self, but I love the franchise. The fans are nice and respect the team (unlike the Jets, but don't get me started). They allow fans to actually buy a share of the team. Also, on the field they are fun and exiting to watch.

I like how no one is saying the new England teams. Dare the boss

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8St. Louis CardinalsThe St. Louis Cardinals are a professional baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division.

Medium market Saint Louis always a great team

9New England PatriotsThe New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region.

This is really horrible. They sucked before the bill and Brady era, and what kind of franchise deserves a spot on any list for the dishonesty and pure lies the franchise has delivered.

I wouldn't agree with this because when the Patriots first started they absolutely sucked

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10San Francisco 49ersThe San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Does anyone remember the GREAT Forrest Blue? Enough said.

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?Toronto RaptorsThe Toronto Raptors are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Raptors compete in the National Basketball Association, as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division.

The Contenders

11Boston Celtics

How come the Boston Celtics are in 10th Place and the Lakers are in 4th in this list. The Celtics have 17 Championships and the Lakers 16. Enough said.

Rondo Ray Allen Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett

More championships than the lakers. 17 championships over the lakers 16. We produced two big threes. (ainge/bird/Parish, KG/Pierce/allen) not to mention bill Russell. Please tell me how lakers top Celtics on best franchise?

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12Chicago Bulls

Should me much higher, everyone tuned into bulls games in the 90's just to see Jordan and his amazing plays - Sssamuel2

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13Detroit Red Wings

Made playoffs for 2 and a half straight decades... That's older than me and my brother and the same age as my sister!

The history is storied to, Howe did more for youth hockey than anyone. Yzerman and what all those guys did for Vladimir Kostinov. What other US team is full of home state players, that stems from the foundation Howe laid.

24 consecutive years of making the playoffs with multiple cups

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14Toronto Maple LeafsThe Toronto Maple Leafs are a Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario, that competes in the National Hockey League.
15Boston Red SoxThe Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, that competes in Major League Baseball.
16Real Madrid

This is a pathetic list. How can it be that there are 14 MLB, NFL, and NBA teams over the second best football club in the world (Real Madrid)? If anything, this list should consist mainly of football teams considering football is the most popular sport in the world.

Please, if Man Utd. Is there, how could not be Real Madrid on very top of it? The biggest Football club of history. Just check their trophies history players.

Their number of trophies not just in La Liga but International playing and beating the best teams in different leagues makes them #1.

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17Boston BruinsThe Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins compete in the National Hockey League as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division.
18Chicago Blackhawks

Best sports franchise of this decade!

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19San Antonio Spurs

4 championships for a small market team. With some classy ballplayers

San Antonio Spurs are great with people management. Good people makes for a good franchise

In the playoffs all but 4 seasons in their history? amazing.

20San Francisco Giants
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