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date: 18 May 2021

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This article explores the location of franchises in sports leagues. It specifically examines the location of franchises within the four major sports leagues in the continental United States: Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), and the National Basketball Association (NBA). Moreover, a facility location model is used to investigate the optimal placement of sports franchises in a league and to identify the best expansion prospects for a sports league. It is shown that the p-median model's optimal solution is less likely to be the best option for an organization if its facilities are less dependent on the income available at a node on the network. It is noted that the four major sports leagues in the continental United States do not all locate franchises optimally, according to the model.

Keywords: Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, sports franchises, facility location model, continental United States

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