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12 Worst Sports Franchises

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6. Pittsburgh Pirates

No team in sports history has ever been as bad for as long as the Pittsburgh Pirates. For 18 years and counting, the team has basically operated as a farm club for the big boys, crying about the “small market” while giving away all of their stars. And for 18 straight years they’ve had a losing record. No North American franchise has ever done that before. The owners of the team have turned losing into a profitable enterprise, making almost $30 million a year while getting rid of All-Stars in an effort not to pay them. And while a good first half of the season this year was cause for excitement, things have settled back down. A recent 10-game losing streak has them back under .500, staring a 19th straight losing season in the face. —Johnny Goodtimes (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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