Top Ten Pro Franchises of the Past 25 Years

Paul Swaney@@PaulSwaneySenior Analyst IApril 19, 2009

Top Ten Pro Franchises of the Past 25 Years

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    GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots drops back to pass against the New York Giants the second half of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Giants

Honorable Mention Franchises

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    1989-1990:  Guard Joe Dumars of the Detroit Pistons moves the ball during a game. Mandatory Credit: ALLSPORT USA  /Allsport Mandatory Credit: ALLSPORT USA  /Allsport

10. Boston Celtics

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    DENVER - 1990:  Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird #33 looks on from the bench during game against the Denver Nuggets at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Allsport  /Allsport

9. Edmonton Oilers

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8. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers under center against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

7. Atlanta Braves

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12:  John Smoltz #29 of the Atlanta Braves deals a pitch against the New York Mets during their game on September 12, 2007 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Get

6.Chicago Bulls

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    27 May 1998:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls dunks the ball during the game against the Indiana Pacers at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 106-87.   Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport

5. San Antonio Spurs

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 10:  Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots against The New Jersey Nets during their game on February 10, 2009 at The Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees

4. New York Yankees

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 03:  Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees against the Chicago Cubs during their game on April 3, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The exhibition game is the first game to be played at the New Yankee Stadium.

3. San Francisco 49ers

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    12 Sep 1999:  Steve Young #8 of the San Francisco 49ers gets ready to pass the ball during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Alltell Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the 49ers 41-3. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons  /Allsp

2. Detroit Red Wings

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - NOVEMBER 13:  Steve Yzerman #19 of the Detroit Red Wings warms up prior to taking on the Vancouver Canucks in an NHL game at General Motors Place on November 13, 2005 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  The Canucks defeated the De

1. Los Angeles Lakers

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    26 Mar 1996:  Guard Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers works against the Orlando Magic during a game played at the Orlando Arena in Orlando, Florida.  The Lakers won the game, 113-91. Mandatory Credit: ALLSPORT USA  /Allsport

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