While the Braves are known for winning the NL East division 14 consecutive times from 1991 to 2005, the team undoubtedly garnered a large following from being broadcast on nationally-available TBS until 2008.16 divisional titles, 17 National League pennants and three World Series championships is impressive, but being the only MLB franchise to have won the World Series in three different home cities is unheard of.
With Braxton Miller causing fans to drool and the recent hiring of former Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer, a return to the national spotlight seems imminent for the Buckeyes.While the Flames have won two Presidents' Trophies and five division championships, their franchise man Jarome Iginla (leader in games played, goals and points) is likely the main fan attraction. The Calgary franchise owns a Western Hockey League franchise (the Calgary Hitmen) and a National Lacrosse League franchise (the Calgary Roughnecks), and has donated over million to charity throughout southern Alberta since the franchise arrived.Let's take a look at the 50 most popular sports teams in the world. **Attention: home page photo courtesy of: Considering the Flyers' all-time points percentage of .578 (at the end of last season) is second-best in the NHL (behind the Montreal Canadiens' .590), it's easy to see why this team garners such a loyal following.While Philly fans are known for their hardcore nature during other sporting venues, the NHL game is a different animal.However, their new-and-improved (albeit losing) star-filled roster has brought plenty of excess attention to this franchise.
While back-to-back World Series losses undoubtedly doesn't sit well with fans, the Texas Rangers have undeniably gained a new throng of hardcores who are ready for that title.
With a National League-high eleven World Series championships, the St.
Louis Cardinals might as well have Pinstripes on their uniforms.
While there are many beleaguered sports franchises that yearn for a larger fanbase, more media attention and increased exposure, there are those that naturally hog the spotlight.
Whether they have an illustrious championship resume, a prodigious roster or annual controversy, these teams continue to shine under the eager microscope of sports media.
While the Trail Blazers do only have one championship and dealt with the illegal controversy surrounding past players known as the "Jail Blazers", its recent prosperity has undoubtedly given fans hope of a promising future.