Stat Factory: Here's to the losers   

Updated: April 11, 2007, 12:52 PM ET

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Think your hometown teams are a bunch of losers? Hey, Chicago, we've all been there. Some of us, though, have been there longer than most.

Which brings us to the first-ever ranking of the Losingest Sports Cities in North America. That's all-time, for all four of the Big Four sports. Yes, that's right. We looked at every city in the U.S. and Canada that has an NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB team today -- then went back in history to account for every franchise that stayed for the long haul, just passed through or died a sad death.

Next, we added up the wins, losses and ties (presented in that order), and calculated that locale's overall losing percentage (NFL stats are from 1920; AFL are from 1966; NHL are from 1926/27; NBA are from 1946/47; MLB from 1900).

Of course, the bottom of any list of losers is the start of another list of winners. So if that's how you like to look at life, here's our losers list bottoms-up.

Is any of this scientific? Kind of. Fair? Probably not. Fun? You tell us.

For a closer look at losing, losers and losses big and small, check out "Stat Factory" in the current issue of ESPN The Magazine (on newsstands April 12):

1. COLUMBUS | Record: 150-282-33 (.653 losing percentage)

Teams:
• NHL: Blue Jackets (2000-2007): 139-216-33-19-3
• NFL: Panhandles/Tigers (defunct; 1920-1926): 11-44-1

2. TAMPA | Record: 1,137-1,725-113 (.603)

Teams:
• NHL: Lightning (1992-2007): 371-520-112-29-4
• NFL: Bucs (1976-2007): 187-296-1
• MLB: Devil Rays (1998-2007): 579-876

3. VANCOUVER | Record: 1,167-1,690-391 (.592)

Teams:
• NHL: Canucks (1970-2007): 1066-1299-391-28-4
• NBA: Grizzlies (1996-2001): 101-359

4. NEW ORLEANS | Record: 552-791-5 (.589)

Teams:
• NFL: Saints (1967-2007): 247-358-5
• NBA: Hornets (2003-2007): 144-184, Jazz (1975-1979): 161-249

5. SAN JOSE | Record: 426-569-121 (.572)

Teams:
• NHL: Sharks (1991-2007): 426-531-121-31-7

6. SAN DIEGO | Record: 3,374-4,091-7 (.548)

Teams:
• NFL: Chargers (1966-2007): 289-328-7
• NBA: Clippers (1979-1984): 186-306, Rockets (1968-1971): 119-209
• MLB: Padres (1969-2007): 2,780-3,248

7. CHARLOTTE | Record: 676-796-0 (.541)

Teams:
• NFL: Panthers (1995-2007): 90-102-0
• NBA: Bobcats (2005-2007): 44-120, Hornets (1989-2002): 542-574

8. SACRAMENTO | Record: 781-909-0 (.538)

Teams:
• NBA: Kings (1986-2007): 781-909

9. WASHINGTON, D.C. | Record: 7,923-9,158-326 (.536)

Teams:
• NHL: Capitals (1974-2007): 1,040-1,104-303-23-6
• NFL: Redskins (1937-2007): 496-450-23, Senators (defunct; 1921): 2-2-0
• NBA: Wizards (1998-2007): 294-412, Bullets (1974-1997): 934-1,034, Capitols (defunct; 1947-1951): 42-61
• MLB: Nationals (2005-2007): 152-172: Senators (1901-1960): 4,223-4,864, Senators (1961-1971): 740-1,030

10. KANSAS CITY | Record: 4,774-5,445-33 (.533)

Teams:
• NHL: Scouts (1974-1976): 27-110-23-0-0
• NFL: Chiefs (1966-2007): 330-285-9, Blues/Cowboys (defunct; 1924-1926): 12-15-1
• NBA: Kings (1976-1985): 381-439, KC/Omaha Kings (1973-1975): 113-133
• MLB: Royals (1969-2007): 2934-3083: Athletics (1955-1967): 829-1224, Packers (Fed League; 1914-1915): 148-156

11. OTTAWA | Record: 554-628-170 (.531)

Teams:
• NHL: Senators (1926-1934; 1993-2007): 554-599-170-23-6

12. NASHVILLE | Record: 313-345-60 (.524)

Teams:
• NHL: Predators (1998-2007): 232-253-60-26-3
• NFL: Titans (1998-2007): 81-63-0

13. MEMPHIS | Record: 203-223-0 (.523)

Teams:
• NFL: Oilers (1997): 8-8
• NBA: Grizzlies (2002-2007): 195-215

14. ARLINGTON | Record: 2,676-2,858-0 (.5164)

Teams:
• MLB: Rangers (1972-2007): 2,676-2,858

15. DENVER | Record: 3,471-3,698-197 (.5158)

Teams:
• NHL: Avalanche (1995-2007): 443-246-101-24-6, Rockies (1976-1982): 113-281-86-0-0
• NFL: Broncos (1966-2007): 349-268-7
• NBA: Nuggets (1976-2007): 1,117-1,311, Nuggets (ABA; 1975-1976): 125-43, Rockets (ABA; 1968-2004): 288-288, Nuggets (defunct; 1950): 11-51
• MLB: Rockies (1993-2007): 1025-1180

16. PHILADELPHIA | Record: 15,823-16,850-486 (.5157)

Teams:
• NHL: Flyers (1967-2007): 1,513-1,014-457-24-6, Quakers (1930-1931): 4-36-4-0-0
• NFL: Eagles (1933-1942; 1944-2007): 466-512-24, Phi/Pitt Eagles/Steelers (1943): 5-4-1
• NBA: 76ers (1964-2007): 1,850-1,637, Warriors (1950-1962): 468-467
• MLB: Phillies/Blue Jays (1900-2007): 7,631-8,902, Athletics (1901-1954): 3,886-4,248

17. ORLANDO | Record: 660-702-0 (.5154)

Teams:
• NBA: Magic (1990-2007): 660-702

18. ANAHEIM | Record: 3,410-3,625-107 (.5152)

Teams:
• NHL: Ducks (1993-2007): 381-427-107-30-7
• MLB: Angels (California/Anaheim; 1966-2004): 3,029-3,161

19. MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL | Record: 5,970-6,288-401 (.513)

Teams:
• NHL: Wild (2000-2006): 161-168-55-23-3, North Stars (1967-1993): 758-970-334-0-0
• NFL: Vikings (1961-2006): 376-308-10, Marines/Red Jackets (defunct; 1921-1924; 1929-1930): 6-33-4
• NBA: T'wolves (1990-2007): 595-767, Lakers (1950-1960): 413-366
• MLB: Twins (1961-2006): 3,661-3,650

20. MIAMI | Record: 2,480-2,595-146 (.511)

Teams:
• NHL: Panthers (1993-2007): 359-406-142-40-5
• NFL: Dolphins (1966-2007): 368-252-4
• NBA: Heat (1989-2007): 712-732
• MLB: Marlins (1993-2007): 1,041-1,160

21. RALEIGH | Record: 212-220-60 (.509)

Teams:
• NHL: Hurricanes (1999-2007) [in Greensboro 1997/98 - 98/99]: 212-192-60-26-2

22. OAKLAND | Record: 4,968-5,137-127 (.5083)

Teams:
• NHL: Seals (1967-1976): 182-401-115-0-0
• NFL: Raiders (1995-2007; 1966-1981): 278-218-12
• NBA: Warriors (1972-2007): 1,260-1,578
• MLB: Athletics (1968-2007): 3,248-2,940

23. TORONTO | Record: 4,968-5,137-127 (.5079)

Teams:
• NHL: Maple Leafs (1926-2007): 2,347-2,251-778-19-7
• NBA: Raptors (1996-2007): 341-529
• MLB: Blue Jays (1977-2007): 2,345-2,390

24. ST. LOUIS | Record: 14,334-14,692-454 (.5062)

Teams:
• NHL: Blues (1967-2007): 1,309-1,240-432-25-8, Eagles (1934-1935): 11-31-6-0-0
• NFL: Rams (1995-2007): 100-92-0, Cardinals (1960-1987): 186-202-14, Gunners (1934): 1-2-0, All-Stars (1923): 1-4-2
• NBA: Hawks (1956-1968): 553-452, Bombers (defunct; 1950): 26-42
• MLB: Cardinals (1900-2007): 8,584-7,972, Browns (1902-1953): 3,414-4,466 ,Terriers (Fed League; 1914-1915): 149-156

25. SEATTLE | Record: 4,221-4,326-0 (.5061)

Teams:
• NFL: Seahawks (1976-2007): 236-248-0
• NBA: SuperSonics (1968-2007): 1,694-1,472
• MLB: Mariners (1977-2007): 2,227-2,508, Pilots (1969): 64-98

26. ATLANTA | Record: 5,540-5,636-153 (.504)

Teams:
• NHL: Thrashers (1999-2007): 161-258-45-23-5, Flames (1972-1980): 268-260-108-0-0
• NFL: Falcons (1966-2007): 252-366
• NBA: Hawks (1969-2007): 1,511-1,573
• MLB: Braves (1966-2007): 3,348-3,151

27. CINCINNATI | Record: 9,143-9,236-2 (.503)

Teams:
• NFL: Bengals (1968-2007): 261-334-1, Reds (1933-1934): 3-14-1, Celts (1921): 1-3-0
• NBA: Royals (1958-1972): 555-634
• MLB: Reds/Redlegs (1900-2007): 8,323-8,251

28. HOUSTON | Record: 5,267-5,272-5 (.500)

Teams:
• NFL: Texans (2002-2007): 24-56-0, Oilers (1966-1996): 206-253-5
NBA: Rockets (1972-2007): 1,458-1,380
MLB: Astros /Colt .45s (1962-2007): 3,579-3,583

29. MILWAUKEE | Record: 5,729-5,713-6 (.4993)

Teams:
• NFL: Badgers (defunct; 1922-1926): 16-27-6
• NBA: Bucks (1969-2007): 1,656-1,428, Hawks (1952-1955): 91-190
• MLB: Brewers (1970-2007): 2,772-3,089, Braves (1953-1965): 1146-890, Brewers (1901 [today's Balt Orioles]): 48-89

30. CLEVELAND | Record: 10,204-10,173-46 (.4992)

Teams:
• NHL: Barons (1976-1978): 47-87-26-0-0
• NFL: Browns (1950-1995; 1999-2007): 414-354-10, Rams (1937-1945): 34-50-2, Indians/Bulldogs (defunct; 1923-1925; 1927; 1931): 25-22-6, Tigers (defunct; 1920-1921): 4-9-2
• NBA: Cavs (1971-2007): 1,299-1,621
• MLB: Indians/Naps/Bronchos/Blues (1901-2007): 8,381-8,030

31. CHICAGO | Record: 21,579-21,317-879 (.497)

Teams:
• NHL: Blackhawks (1926-2007): 2,202-2,351-814-29-6
• NFL: Bears/Staleys (1921-2007): 660-481-40, Cardinals (1920-1959 **see 1945**): 161-258-24, Tigers (defunct; 1920): 1-5-1
• NBA: Bulls (1967-2007): 1,654-1,593, Zephyrs (1963): 25-55, Packers (1961-1962): 18-62, Stags (defunct; 1950): 40-28
• MLB: White Sox (1901-2007): 8,300-8,092, Cubs/Orphans (1900-2007): 8,345-8,224, Whales/Chi-Feds (Fed League; 1914-1915): 173-133

32. PITTSBURGH | Record: 10,429-10,242-427 (.495)

Teams:
• NHL: Penguins (1967-2007): 1,221-1,373-383-31-6, Pirates (1926-1930): 67-122-23-0-0
• NFL: Steelers/Pirates (1933-1942; 1945-2007): 497-479-20, Chi/Pitt Cardinals/Steelers (1944): 0-10-0 , Phi/Pitt Eagles/Steelers (1943): 5-4-1
• MLB: Pirates (1900-2007): 8,489-8,064

33. BALTIMORE | Record: 5,414-5,296-8 (.4944)

Teams:
• NFL: Ravens (1996-2007): 91-84-1 , Colts (1953-1983): 221-194-7, Colts (defunct; 1950): 1-11
• NBA: Bullets (1964-1973): 401-412, Bullets (defunct; 1950-1954): 101-241
• MLB: Orioles (1954-2007): 4,350-4,024, Terrapins (Fed League; 1914-1915): 131-177, Orioles (later the NY Yankees; 1901-1902): 118-153

34. DETROIT | Record: 13,143-12,841-846 (.4941)

Teams:
• NHL: Red Wings (1932-2007): 2319-2018-773-21-3, Falcons (1930-1932): 34-41-17-0-0, Cougars (1926-1930): 64-87-25-0-0
• NFL: Lions (1934-2007): 453-528-25, Wolverines (defunct; 1928): 7-2-1, Panthers (1925-1926): 12-8-4, Tigers (defunct; 1921): 1-5-1, Heralds (defunct; 1920): 1-3-0
• NBA: Pistons (1958-2007): 1,936-2,009 • MLB:: Tigers (1901-2007): 8,316-8,117

35. BUFFALO | Record: 2,044-1,986-425 (.493)

Teams:
• NHL: Sabres (1970-2007): 1,309-1,046-409-19-5
NFL: Bills (1966-2007): 287-333-4, Bisons/Rangers/All-Americans (defunct; 1920-1927; 1929): 35-37-12
NBA: Braves (1971-1978): 259-397
MLB: Bisons ([Blues/Buffeds]; Fed League; 1914-1915): 154-149

36. INDIANAPOLIS | Record: 2,028-1,934-0 (.488)

Teams:
• NFL: Colts (1984-2007): 181-187-0
• NBA: Pacers (1977-2006): 1200-1228, Pacers (ABA; 1968-1976): 427-317, Olympians (defunct; 1950-1953): 132-137
• MLB: Hoosiers (Fed League; 1914): 88-65

37. DALLAS | Record: 2,118-2,013-131 (.48729)

Teams:
• NHL: Stars (1993-2007): 500-302-125-24-1
• NFL: Cowboys (1960-2007): 401-299-6, Texans (defunct; 1952): 1-11
• NBA: Mavs (1981-2007): 984-1116, Dallas/Texas Chaparrals (ABA; 1968-1973): 232-260

38. BOSTON | Record: 17,563-16,689-798 (.48724)

Teams:
• NHL: Bruins (1926-2007): 2,570-1,995-787-42-8
• NFL: Patriots (NE/Boston; 1966-2007): 306-315-3, Yanks (defunct; 1944-1948): 14-38-3, Redskins (1933-1936): 20-24-3, Braves (1932): 4-4-2, Bulldogs (defunct; 1929): 4-4-0
• NBA: Celtics (1950-1957): 2,703-1,804
• MLB: Red Sox/Americans (1901-2007): 8,444-7,960, Braves/Bees/Rustlers/Doves/Beaneaters (1900-1952): 3,498-4,495

39. SAN FRANCISCO | Record: 4,741-4,428-13 (.483)

Teams:
• NFL: 49ers (1950-2007): 445-368-13
• NBA: Warriors (1963-1971): 330-399
• MLB: Giants (1958-2007): 3,966-36,61

40. PHOENIX | Record: 2,848-2,642-94 (.481)

Teams:
• NHL: Coyotes (1996-2007): 317-298-94-26-3
• NFL: Cardinals (1988-2007): 105-199-0
• NBA: Suns (1969-2007): 1,698-1,386
• MLB: D'backs (1998-2007): 728-730

41. NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY | Record: 31,343-28,765-1,568 (.479)

Teams:
• NHL: Rangers (1926-2007): 2275-2287-808-28-4, Islanders (1972-2007): 1148-1117-347-17-3, Devils (1982-2007): 840-748-219-25-4, NY Americans (1926-1941): 239-373-124-0-0, Brooklyn Americans (1941-1942): 16-29-3-0-0
• NFL: Giants (1925-2007): 596-500-33, Jets (1966-2007): 284-335-5, NY Yanks/Bulldogs (1949-1951): 9-24-3, Brooklyn Tigers/Boston Yanks (1945): 3-6-1, Brooklyn Tigers/Dodgers (1930-1944): 60-100-9, Staten Island Stapeltons (1929-1932): 14-22-9, Orange/Newark Tornadoes (1929-1930): 4-14-5, NY Yankees (1927-1928): 11-16-2, Brooklyn Lions (1926): 3-8-0, Giants (defunct; 1921): 0-2-0
• NBA: Knicks (1950-2007): 2275-2228, Nets (1977-2007): 1041-1387, Nets (ABA; 1969-1976): 338-328, Americans (ABA; 1968): 36-42
• MLB: Yankees/Highlanders (1903-2007): 9171-6941, Mets (1962-2007): 3408-3742, New York Giants (1900-1957): 4853-3922, Brooklyn Dodgers/Robins/Superbas (1900-1957): 4492-4282, Newark Pepper (Fed League; 1915): 80-72, Brooklyn Tip-Tops (Fed League; 1914-1915): 147-159

42. LOS ANGELES | Record: 9,396-8,478-443 (.477)

Teams:
• NHL: Kings (1967-2007): 1,203-1,356-424-30-1
• NFL: Raiders (1982-1994): 118-82-0, Rams (1946-1994): 364-299-18, Buccaneers (defunct; 1926): 6-3-1
• NBA: Lakers (1961-2007): 2,349-1,377, Clippers (1985-2007): 619-1,153
• MLB: Dodgers (1958-2007): 4,170-3,612, Angels (2005-2007; 1961-1965): 567-565

43. JACKSONVILLE | Record: 102-90-0 (.469)

Teams:
• NFL: Jaguars (1995-2007): 102-90-0

44. PORTLAND | Record: 1,556-1,364-0 (.4671)

Teams:
• NBA: Trail Blazers (1971-2007): 1556-1364

45. CALGARY | Record: 920-805-271 (.4666)

Teams:
• NHL: Flames (1980-2007): 920-775-271-23-7

46. MONTREAL | Record: 5,773-4,968-915 (.463)

Teams:
• NHL: Canadiens (1926-2007): 2,776-1,760-831-32-3, Maroons (1926-1938): 242-230-84-0-0
• MLB: Expos (1969-2004): 2,755-2,943

47. EDMONTON | Record: 981-833-262 (.459)

Teams:
• NHL: Oilers (1979-2007): 981-791-262-33-9

48. GREEN BAY | Record: 624-501-36 (.455)

Teams:
• NFL: Packers (1921-2007): 624-501-36

49. SALT LAKE CITY | Record: 1,227-955 (.438)

Teams:
• NBA: Jazz (1980-2007): 1227-955

50. SAN ANTONIO: | Record: 1,581-1,099-0 (.410)

Teams:
• NBA: Spurs (1977-2007): 1435-993, Spurs (ABA; 1974-1976): 146-106


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