Which Major Sports City in America Wins the Most?

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Some cities are lucky enough to play host to franchises in each of the four major American professional sports. In fact, there are only 12 cities in the United States that are home to a team in all four major professional American sports. As a refresher, the four major American pro sports are football (NFL), baseball (MLB), basketball (NBA), and hockey (NHL). The 12 cities literally span from coast to coast and include everything from major media markets to a few modest, midsize markets.

Almost 10 years ago to the day, Washington, D.C., became the 12th city in America with four major professional sports teams when the Washington Nationals played their inaugural season in the nation’s capital. The other 11 cities are Minneapolis/St. Paul, Miami, the Bay Area, Detroit, Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York/New Jersey, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, and Boston. Of those 12 cities, 10 have won at least one world championship during the course of their existence — Minneapolis/St. Paul and Washington D.C. are the two title-less cities — and nine of them have won titles in more than one major sport.

With help from data compiled by The Washington Post, we have put together a ranking of the five most successful major sports cities in America. The list is based on the combined winning percentages over the past 10 years for all of the four major professional sports teams in each qualifying city. Major sports cities you will not find on our list are Minneapolis/St. Paul, Washington, D.C., Miami, the Bay Area, Detroit, Phoenix, and Philadelphia. Did your city make the top five?

5. New York/New Jersey

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Winning percentage: .512

Teams:

  • New York Giants (NFL)
  • New York Jets (NFL)
  • New York Yankees (MLB)
  • New York Mets (MLB)
  • New York Knicks (NBA)
  • Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
  • New York Rangers (NHL)
  • New York Islanders (NHL)
  • New Jersey Devils (NHL)

Championships:

  • Giants (2007)
  • Yankees (2009)
  • Giants (2011)

New York and New Jersey are home to nine major sports franchises and some of the most devoted fans in all of sports. Combined, their nine franchises win slightly more than they lose and have brought home three world championships in the past 10 years. The most successful franchises in the New York/New Jersey area over the last decade have been the Yankees, Giants, Rangers, and Devils.

4. Chicago

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Winning percentage: .539

Teams:

  • Chicago Bears (NFL)
  • Chicago Cubs (MLB)
  • Chicago White Sox (MLB)
  • Chicago Bulls (NBA)
  • Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)

Championships:

  • White Sox (2005)
  • Blackhawks (2010)
  • Blackhawks (2013)

Chicago is home to five major sports franchises, and all of them are among the most storied franchises in their respective leagues. If it weren’t for its teams’ lack of success on the baseball diamond, Chicago would rank much higher on this list. The Cubs have the longest championship drought in all of professional sports, and while the White Sox won the 2005 World Series, they have been below average ever since. The Bears, despite their recent shortcomings, have won more games than they lost, the Bulls have only one sub-.500 season over the past 10 years, and the Blackhawks are in the midst of building a potential dynasty.

3. Denver

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Winning percentage: .541

Teams:

  • Denver Broncos (NFL)
  • Colorado Rockies (MLB)
  • Denver Nuggets (NBA)
  • Colorado Avalanche (NHL)

Championships:

  • None

The city of Denver has not enjoyed a major sports championship since the Avalanche won the 2001 Stanley Cup. With that being said, its teams have won a lot of games over the past 10 years. The Rockies have been the least successful team residing in Denver, with only three winning seasons over the last decade. Over the last decade, the Broncos have won five AFC West titles — including four straight — and made a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII, the Avalanche have had only three sub-.500 seasons, and the Nuggets have made nine playoff appearances with only one sub-.500 season.

2. Dallas

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Winning percentage: .577

Teams:

  • Dallas Cowboys (NFL)
  • Texas Rangers (NFL)
  • Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
  • Dallas Stars (NHL)

Championships:

  • Mavericks (2011)

The four major sports teams in the Dallas area have all enjoyed a great deal of success over the last decade. Over that stretch, the Cowboys have had only one losing season and won three division titles, the Rangers have been up and down (but did win two American League titles), the Mavs have finished with a .500 record or better every year and brought home an NBA championship in 2011, and the Stars have finished with a .500 or better winning percentage in every season.

1. Boston

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Winning percentage: .611

Teams:

  • New England Patriots (NFL)
  • Boston Red Sox (MLB)
  • Boston Celtics (NBA)
  • Boston Bruins (NHL)

Championships:

  • Red Sox (2007)
  • Celtics (2008)
  • Bruins (2011)
  • Red Sox (2013)
  • Patriots (2014)

If you’re a sports fan in Boston, the last decade has treated you very well, as the city has hosted world championship parades for its teams in each of the four major American sports. Over the past 10 years, the Patriots have continued their dynasty and brought home the Super Bowl XLIX title, the Red Sox have won two World Series titles and had only two sub-.500 seasons, the Celtics won an NBA title and were one of the best teams in the NBA over a five-year stretch, and the Bruins have re-emerged as one of the premier teams in the NHL.

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