Which is correct?
The Orlando Magic lost five times or Orlando Magic lost five times. In my class, the instructor told us that it should have "the". I answered that it is a zero article since Orlando Magic already is already restrictive and specific.
The '49's were a great team in the 80's.
Manchester United traded its star player.
Real Madrid is a football powerhouse.
So, the generalization I draw from this is that US teams take the definite article while international football teams don't.
Why? I have no idea!