'Nothing Lasts Forever': Defunct Professional Sports Leagues


'Nothing Lasts Forever': Defunct Professional Sports Leagues

Every now and then, some rival professional sports league will spring up and try to compete with the most established leagues like the NBA, the NHL, and the NFL. These leagues inevitably fail though partly because fans know the product is inferior. Other reasons include poor ownership and a lack of a solid tv contract. Some rival leagues have lasted longer than others, but the questions in this quiz all deal with teams and leagues that have gone 'bye bye'. Let's see what you remember!

What words did one infamous XFL player have on the back of his jersey?

What was the name of the WHA franchise located in Phoenix?

What city had a USFL franchise nicknamed 'The Gunslingers'?

The Minnesota Screaming Eagles of the WHA changed their name to the:

How many teams were in the XFL during 2001?

Which of the following men owned a USFL franchise?

Why has their never been a rival baseball league to MLB? It's because MLB has a:

What rival basketball league to the NBA existed from 1967 to 1976?

What World Football League changed their name from Americans to Vulcans in 1975?

What was the name of the Memphis franchise in the USFL?

In 1983, the USFL started in the USA. How many years did it last?

When the WHA ended, which of the following teams did NOT join the NHL?

What was the inaugural season of the XFL?

The World Hockey Association rivaled the NHL. It started in 1971 and ended in:

What famous QB played for the New Jersey Generals during the 1995 season?

Who was the League MVP of the XFL in 2001?

What was the League Championship game called in the XFL?

Which city had an ABA franchise that was called 'The Hustlers'?

What colour was the football used in the World Football League?

What man was the founder of the XFL?

The World Football League lasted about 1.5 seasons. What year did it start?

Which NFL star did NOT first play in the USFL?

Which ABA team was not part of the NBA merger in 1976?

Which of the following players was a star in the ABA before joining the NBA?

An ABA team that played in both Minnesota and Pittsburgh was known as the:

What was the name of the Cincinnati franchise in the WHA?

What was the name of the Oakland USFL franchise?

Miami Dolphins Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick, and Paul Warfield signed with what WFL team?

What was the nickname of the World Football League team based in Hawaii?

In 1972, what NHL star signed a 10 year contract with the Winnipeg Jets of the WHA?

'Nothing Lasts Forever': Defunct Professional Sports Leagues

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Dave Morrissey

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