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Jacksonville Tea Men

Playing both indoor and outdoor pro soccer, the Jacksonville Tea Men started in New England in 1978 and moved to Jacksonville, Florida during the early 1980s. Interestingly, the team got their name from the original owner, who owned the Lipton Tea company and as a play on the Boston Tea Party.

After arriving in Jacksonville, the North American Soccer League (NASL) promised the Tea Men 14,000 season tickets for their outdoor season but ended up only selling about 4,500 tickets when all was said and done. After a relatively successful indoor season, the Tea Men went on to play outdoors but their success and fans slowly dwindled and led to their demise in 1984.