Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
Forbes has come up with a list of the most miserable cities for sports. Thank goodness NY isn’t one of them! Â I don’t know what I’d do if my teams always lost & sucked. Lol.
Check out how they came up with the list and the top 5 cities after the jump…
Misery points are earned in the heaviest doses by poor winning percentages in the championship round (Super Bowl and pre-Super Bowl era championship games, World Series, NBA Final, Stanley Cup Final), and then get incrementally lower as you move down the playoff ladder to conference title games (and baseballâ€™s LCS) and then to earlier rounds (we also count second place, non-playoff baseball seasons, the rough equivalent of an early playoff exit in the other three major North American sports leagues â€“ hence the Bravesâ€™ collapse last September cost them on the misery meter). We round out the calculations by giving some weight to championship droughts (17 years for Atlanta, 33 years for Seattle) and to the ratio of total seasons to championships won (for example, the four teams in Phoenix sports history have competed for a combined 95 seasons with one title to show for them, won by the 2001 Diamondbacks). We also toss in a bonus misery point for losing a sport to relocation, such as the NHL in Atlanta and the NBA in Buffalo and San Diego.
Because weâ€™re taking each cityâ€™s full sports history into account, not just recent years, we stuck with sports cities that have at least 75 total seasons of NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB play. Thatâ€™s to avoid including relative newbies like Charlotte or Nashville or one-team towns like Portland or Salt Lake City alongside traditional sports cities with multiple teams and long histories. Also, we count the ABA basketball and AFL football histories of those franchises that eventually migrated from those leagues into the NBA and NFL.
What we donâ€™t count: old leagues that werenâ€™t forerunners to modern ones, such as the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, a four-team league on the west coast from 1911 to 1924. Hence, theÂ Buffalo Billsâ€™ 1965 AFL title counts, the Seattle Metropolitansâ€™ 1917 Stanley Cup doesnâ€™t. No offense to that club, but thereâ€™s no reason to go down the slippery slope that could lead us to Triple-A baseball, Major League Soccer and the WNBA. Better to draw the line at the major sports leagues, i.e. those that significant numbers of people care about.
The â€œtopâ€ five:
1.Â Atlanta â€“ championship round record: 1-5
2.Â Seattle â€“ championship round record: 1-3
3.Â Phoenix â€“ championship round record: 1-3
4.Â Buffalo â€“ championship round record: 2-6
5.Â San Diego â€“ championship round record: 1-7
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WRITTEN BYÂ Tom Van Riper, Forbes.com & FULL STORY HERE