In North America, there are four major league professional sports that get the most attention. The four major league professional sports are the NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL. Most big cities have at least one or more major league professional sport franchises. A handful of cities have all four major league professional sport teams. Cities such as Boston and Pittsburgh have experienced great success with their sport teams as the teams have won championships consistently. Other cities such as Seattle have such started to taste success as the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks have been in the Super Bowl the last two seasons and won the Super Bowl last year.
However, there are cities that haven’t see their teams have great success and the outlook for any championship level team is grim. Cities like New York and Philadelphia and have seen their teams win championships but it was such a long time ago and the current teams aren't doing well either. Some cities like Buffalo and Charlotte have yet to see their professional sport teams win a single championship.
While Charlotte and Buffalo stand out among the worst sport cities there are cities that have fared worse than those two cities. A list was created of the 20 worst sport cities in North America. The list features cities that have one or more major league professional sport franchises and it ranks the cities by those that have some of the longest active championship drought.
This is in no way a knock on he fan bases. The list is ranked by the city's recent success in terms of championships. This will take into account the big four pro leagues in North America only, (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL). Listed below with an explanation are the top 20 worst sport cities in North America.
20 Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis starts off the list as one of the worst sport cities in North America. The city is one of the worst sports cities because their only championship came nine years ago. Indianapolis has two professional sports franchises which are the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and the NBA's Indiana Pacers. The Indianapolis Colts have won the Super Bowl once in 2006.
19 Tampa Bay, Florida
Tampa Bay is one of the worst sport cities of North America because the city has only one championship which was 13 years ago. Tampa Bay has two professional sport franchises which are the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the MLB's Tampa Bay Rays. The Buccaneers won the SuperBowl once in 2002. The Tampa Bay Rays have never won the World Series but did make an appearance in 2008.
18 Denver, Colorado
17 Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix is one of the worst sport cities in North America because the city has only one championship which was over 14 years ago. All four major league professional sports franchises are in Phoenix. The NFL's Arizona Cardinals have never won the Super Bowl making their only appearance in Super Bowl XLIII. The NBA's Phoenix Suns have never won the NBA Championship but made the NBA Finals in 1976 and in 1993. The NHL's Phoenix Coyotes have never won the Stanley Cup nor have made the Stanley Cup Final.
16 Houston, Texas
Houston is well known for being one of the worst sport cities in North America because the city only has two championships and the last one was almost 20 years ago. Houston has three professional sport franchises which are the MLB's Houston Astros, the NBA's Houston Rockets and the NFL's Houston Texans.
The Astros have never won the World Series and made an appearance back in 2005. The Rockets won two NBA titles back in 1994 and in 1995.
The Texans have never won the Super Bowl nor have made an appearance. Granted, they only began play in 2002, but the city's original franchise the Oilers never won a Super Bowl either, only making it to the big game three years after their move to Tennessee.
15 Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is another city that is well known for being one of the worst sport cities in North America. It is one of the worst sport cities because the city only has two championships and the last championship won was almost 20 years ago.
Atlanta has three professional sport franchises which are the MLB's Atlanta Braves, the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. The Braves franchise has won the World Series in Atlanta once back in 1995. The Hawks last won the NBA Championship way back in 1958. The Atlanta Falcons have never won the Super Bowl and their only appearance was back in 1998.
The city also recently lost its NHL franchise, when the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg back in 2011.
14 Montreal, Quebec
Montreal unfortunately is among the worst major sport cities in North America despite the city having 24 championships. Montreal is one of the worst sport cities because the last championship won was almost 22 years ago. Only one major professional sports franchise is in the city. You could make a case for the Impact of the MLS, but that league hasn't quite reached the status of its North American counterparts. The city lost its baseball team back in 2004 and the CFL's Montreal Alouettes have had trouble selling out.
13 Toronto, Ontario
12 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Not many cities deserve a championship more than Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota in general. The city has only three championships and the last championship won was almost 24 years ago. All four major league professional sport teams are in Minneapolis. The NFL's Minnesota Vikings have lost in all four Super Bowl appearances.
11 Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. is among one of the worst sport cities in North America because the city has six championships but the last championship won was 24 years ago. All four major league professional sports franchises are in the nation's capital.
10 Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati is among one of the worst sport cities in North America because the city has just five championships and the last championship won was almost 25 years ago. Cincinnati has two professional sports franchises which are the MLB's Reds and the NFL's Bengals. The Cincinnati Reds have accounted for all five of the city's championships, back in 1919, 1940, 1975, 1976 and 1990. The Cincinnati Bengals have never won the Super Bowl, with two appearances back in 1981 and in 1988. They have not won a playoff game since January 6, 1991.
9 Oakland, California
Oakland has certainly hit a dark patch, particularly in the last decade. The city has just seven championships and the last championship won was almost 26 years ago. Oakland has two professional sport franchises which are the MLB's Athletics and the NFL's Raiders. The A's have won four World Series in Oakland from 1972 to 1974 and in 1989.
The Raiders have won three Super Bowls, but only two was as the Oakland Raiders. The other came in their Los Angeles years.
8 Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City lands here because the city's last championship won was almost 30 years ago! Kansas City has two professional sports teams with die-hard fans, which are the MLB's Kansas City Royals and the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs won the AFL Championship in 1966 and won Super Bowl IV. They have not won a playoff game in over 20 years.
7 Nashville, Tennessee
6 Charlotte, North Carolina
5 Jacksonville, Florida
4 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3 Buffalo, New York
2 Cleveland, Ohio
1 San Diego, California
San Diego is the worst sports city in North America because the city's only championship came 52 years ago! It is the longest professional championship drought among all cities on this list. San Diego has two professional sports franchises which are the NFL's Chargers, who are in some danger of moving, and the MLB's Padres. The San Diego Chargers won the AFL Championsip once, way back in 1963. The San Diego Padres have never won the World Series and have appeared twice back in 1984 and in 1998. Sorry, San Diego sport fans. You may need to adopt a team from another city until the Padres and Chargers become relevant again. At least you have a beautiful city and beach.
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