The last time a baseball team moved was between the 1971 and 1972 seasons, when the second Washington Senators became the Texas Rangers.
Since then, teams from all other 3 major American sports have relocated, some of them multiple times, apparently without ill effect on the league.
There have been numerous opportunities for baseball teams to move. In the early 90’s, a number of franchises flirted with a move to Tampa Bay, and the Giants even had an agreement to be sold to a Tampa group, but Major League Baseball didn’t want it to happen, and they basically made the Giants owner (Bob Lurie?) take less money in order to sell to Peter Magowan, who’d keep the team in San Francisco.
And most recently, of course, is the Expos situation. You’d think that if the Expos are doing so badly that the other 29 teams have to own and run them by proxy, you’d think that to sell it immediately to the highest bidder and let him worry about the issue of making a profit would be a no-brainer. Still, it’s two years into that, they’e sitting on their hands regarding deciding the Expos’ fate, and next year will be the same?
Why are MLB owners more averse to franchise movement than NFL, NHL or NBA owners?