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12 Worst Sports Franchises

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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