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1978 Cleveland Barons

The Barons played for two seasons in the NHL, but due to lack of fan support, quickly got in financial trouble. Instead of filing for bankruptcy, the Gund Brothers, who went on to own the Cleveland Cavaliers, agreed to merge the team with the Minnesota North Stars, which they assumed control of.

The Cleveland Barons are the last franchise in the big 4 American leagues (NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA) to cease operations.

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