Let’s examine the championship prospects of each of the four local franchises individually.

Start with the Rangers. When you lose Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young in one off-season, the arrow can point in only one direction. Losing 37 percent of your home runs and 36 percent of your RBIs will slow down pursuit of the Angels and the division champion A’s. The Rangers are now dependent on their arms in a hitter’s park.

The Mavericks are this city’s team most in transition. Dirk Nowitzki is the only player on the roster whom you can project with a long-term future with the Mavericks. But at 35 years of age, what’s the definition of long term? Oklahoma City will be difficult to catch in the Western Conference given the Mavs’ age. Will any of the team’s other four starters even be here two seasons from now?

The Stars can’t score goals. They rank 28th in the 30-team league with an average of 2.1 goals per game. The league average is 2.9. The days when the Mike Modanos, Brett Hulls, Joe Nieuwendyks and Bill Guerins were pumping in three and four goals a night are over. If you can’t score, you can’t win in any sport.

Then there’s the Cowboys, who have been stuck in a rut of mediocrity for more than a decade. The salary cap has made the NFL a young man’s game, but the bread-winning Cowboys are in their 30s — Tony Romo (33 this season), Jason Witten (31) and DeMarcus Ware (31).

The offensive line needs to be overhauled, and the defense will be switching back to a 4-3 in 2012. The Cowboys are another franchise in transition — and they are looking up at Washington. The Redskins swept Dallas and won the NFC East last season with rookie Robert Griffin III at quarterback.

So where is the next championship coming from? Stacking them, I’d say Rangers, Stars, Mavericks and Cowboys.

When money was tight in the last decade because of bankruptcy, the Rangers and Stars spent their time and cash building their farm systems to give themselves a future.