Best Sports Franchises in the World

The Top Ten

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

People should keep in mind that if the Yankees don't have the most championships in the world, they have BY FAR the most among teams that play once a season. Manchester United is the only franchise that comes close, and even then they don't really have an offseason. They have multiple DIFFERENT championships, the Yankees compete for just one and have won it a staggering 27 times.

Also, the World Series IS a world championship. Although most Europeans say that they're not, name one baseball team outside of North America that is better than ANY team in the MLB. The answer is a big fat zero. So yes, if you're the best in the MLB, you're the best baseball team in the world. MLB has been having games played in different territories, such as London (where Europeans got to witness the greatest rivalry in sports, Yankees vs Red Sox), but if any of those territories got a team to play in the MLB, they would absolutely suck.

The Yankees only have one shot at a world championship ...more

Easily the best. With players like The Babe, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Roger Maris, DEREK JETER, Mariano Rivera, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Red Ruffing, Bill Dickey, Don Mattingly, Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettite, Tony Lazzeri, and Phil Rizzuto, nobody will ever come close. A total of 53 players, coaches, and executives in the HoF, not including 6 Broadcasters, have spent time with the Yankees. They have been coached by Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengal, and Joe Torre. All three are hall of famers as Yankees. By the way, 27 World Championships.

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.

2 Los Angeles Lakers The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association, as a member of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division. ...read more.

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.

Being a Laker fan I am blessed. They also have the biggest fanbase in usa with fans all across the country

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

3 Manchester United Football Club Manchester 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

The Yankees won 27 "world" series, even though they only compete against America teams. Totally makes them better. I'm not even a Man U fan and I know they are better.

4 Dallas Cowboys The Dallas Cowboys are a professional American football team based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Cowboys compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference East division.

Been a Dallas Cowboy fan since the Cotton Bowl.. and a season ticket holder.. Cowboys are the very best! Win or lose the Dallas Cowboys ARE America's team! The world watches when the Dallas Cowboys play! 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

I ain't seen one Man you fan that got they ride or crib tricked up in support of they team like how them boys reppin it up in the triple D... More people around the world watch SB as opposed to wotever soccer doing. How bout them Cowboys... DC4L Beeyatch..!

My Cowboys are the greatest not only sports but greatest overall organization ever... born in 1960 and ruling the world ever since and will forever

5 Montreal Canadiens The Montreal Canadiens (French: Les Canadiens de Montréal) are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.

HABS are the best hockey franchise of all time, bar none. 24 Cups, 61 Hall-of-Fame inductees, 17 retired numbers, and millions of loyal fans worldwide!

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

Le Club de Hockey Canadien. The logo and the name is hockey. A pure collection of the greatest hockey players of all time

Greatest hockey club in the world

6 Pittsburgh Steelers The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that competes in the National Football League. Pittsburgh Steelers have won the most Super Bowls with 6 which currently stands today.

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

I've traveled the world and there's always steelers fan and their apparel everywhere.

More fans world wide than any other football team

7 Green Bay Packers The 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. The Packers have won 4 super bowls and 13 NFL championships.

The 2010 season was the first year I was into football. When the Packers won Super Bowl 45, I became so emotionally attached to the Packers. Almost 10 years later I am still a Packers fan.

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.

The bizzaro Cowboys. Small town feel, fan ownership and intimate versus grandiose. They've enjoyed a long-term success and produced three HOF QBs since 1956.

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!

8 St. Louis Cardinals The 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.

Even in down periods they are at least a.500 team and seem to be lurking in the background. When on the upswing, which they are more often than not, they have no fear and are truly one of the best teams of all time.

Medium market Saint Louis always a great team

The model franchise of baseball

Best baseball city in America!

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

How did that work out for the niners.this team is so overrated. they had 14 years of excellence. Same goes for the bulls. After Michael Jordan left look now. A great franchise must have consistency. Ai don't see it in the 49ers

49ers are going to be ranked higher once Jimmy G gets us to the play-offs!

Does anyone remember the GREAT Forrest Blue? Enough said.

10 New England Patriots The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region. New England Patriots are one of the few teams to have 5+ wins in the Super Bowl.

Patriots arguably the 1st for best sports franchise especially because the currently are still kicking ass and making smart moves, while the other teams on this list are only mentioned due to past achievements. We keep winning and you're mad

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

Dominant for 18 years with 9 appearances in SB and 6 wins! this is crazy stupid rankings

The Contenders

11 Toronto Maple Leafs The Toronto Maple Leafs, officially the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club and often simply referred to as the Leafs, are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.

The Leafs will soon be on the top three in the world

12 Boston Celtics The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They are specifically known for honing infamous players such as Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Paul Pierce, and more. They are also known for having the most championships in NBA History, with 17 total.

Larry Bird, Paul Pierce, Kevin McHale, Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Dave Cowens, Bob Cousy, Robert Parish, Sam Jones, JoJo White, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Dennis Johnson, Tim Heinsohn, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins, Nate Archibald, Bill Sharman, Bailey Howell, Cedric Maxwell, Danny Ainge, Isaiah Thomas, Reggie Lewis, Don Nelson, Tom Sanders, Ed Macauley, Frank Ramsey, K.C. Jones, Bill Walton, Pete Maravich, Antoine Walker; '57, '59-'66, '68, '69, '74, '76, '81, '84, '86, '08; I like the Celtics. I'm not the biggest fan, but I am one. It doesn't take a scientist to be able to read this list and figure out that it's STACKED. This is just the grease on the surface. There are so many more names and years that can be added. Now, I know they're not the Yankees, but, I mean, come on. It's the BOSTON CELTICS! They are easily the number two franchise in sports history. They won ten championships in a row, and that wasn't even with the greatest team they've ever had! Who does that?! Well, ...more

Most progressive team in sports history. First NBA team to start five black players and the first of the four major US sports to have a black coach. Not to mention the most titles in NBA history. Thanks to Danny Ainge (and Billy King thank you Nets) they are posed to fight for a title in the years to come. Also is there anyone cooler, a better defender, a better teammate, or a better sacrificer for the team in NBA history than Bill Russell?

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?

They should be the number one basketball franchise. Easily. 17 championships, no one but the Lakers (16) even comes close. Third is bulls, and they only have six rings (all from MJ, of course).

13 Detroit Red Wings The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League and are one of the Original Six teams of the league.

The winged wheel just keeps rollin'. No need to change brands...Honestly, I liked going' to the "Joe" when the wings sucked, hands down the greatest sport fans and atmosphere of all time...When they started to dominate in the mid-nineties, the big corporations bought gobs of tickets and gave 'em to image-minded folks, which made it a little "stuffy" at the games.

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.

They may be bad now but 24 playoff years in a row is the longest out of any franchise in all sports. Great fans and rich history.

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

14 San Antonio Spurs The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division.

Winningest team in NBA history, has the best nickname in the NBA ("The Beautiful Game"), consistently spawns All Stars from Nowhere, USA, had the best power forward of all time, just broke their own NBA record with their 16th consecutive 50 win season (only the Lakers come close with 12), and do it all with class, and old school basketball fundamentals.

We are the holders of the highest winning percentage in NBA history.
Gregg Popovich is the greatest and most valuable coach in league history
we managed to give the NBA the big three of Ginobli, Parker and Duncan while still showing top class ball movement and team involvement..
If we are talking about the best franchises in all of sports.. the Spurs should at least be in the top 10, AT LEAST

Spurs, at 20? really? What is this, some ' popularity contest? Sesh... If you had the chance to ask ANY front-office person, "What one sports franchise I the world would you most want to model your product after,' THISD would be your answer: "The Spurs. No doubt."

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

15 Chicago Bulls The Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division. ...read more.

The best sport team ever because Michael Jordan

Dominated the 90's like Punk rock music

All I have to say is mj

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

16 Edmonton Oilers The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

This my favorite nhl team since I was a kid they are a cool team

17 Calgary Flames The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

This my 2nd favorite nhl team their a cool team

18 Toronto Blue Jays The Toronto Blue Jays are a Canadian professional baseball team based in Toronto, Ontario. The Blue Jays are a member of the East division of the American League in Major League Baseball, and play their home games at Rogers Centre.

This my first favorite mlb team they are pretty cool team

19 Boston Bruins The 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.
20 Toronto Raptors The 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.

I'm from Montreal and won't have an NBA team, so whenever I watch I always go with my fellow Northerners.

This my favorite nba team cool that they won the 2019 nba finals

The champion of the NBA!

21 Vegas Golden Knights

This is my 3rd favorite nhl team they are a cool team

22 Boston Red Sox The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, that competes in Major League Baseball.
23 Real Madrid Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, commonly known as Real Madrid, or simply as Real, is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain.

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.

This is dumb! No way is any American team better than Manchester United Real Madrid or Bayern Munich! Just look at the trophy list lol. Ps all 3 team I mentioned are known around 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.

24 Chicago Blackhawks The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League. They have won six Stanley Cup championships since their founding in 1926.

Classiest organization in pro sports.

Best sports franchise of this decade!

Bandwagon fans comment here!

25 San Francisco Giants The San Francisco Giants are a professional American baseball team based in San Francisco. The Giants compete in Major League Baseball as part of the West division of the National League. They play their home games at Oracle Park in downtown San Francisco.

Definitely should be higher have had many greats and often contenders in postseason

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