Worst Professional Sports Franchises

This list is for the worst of the worst when it comes to the big 4 sports.

The Top Ten

1 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference North division. ...read more.

Had the greatest running back ever to play the game alongside one of the great receivers in the game in Barry Sanders and Herman Moore. Still, 1 playoff win since 1957. Only 11 playoff appearances since 1957. Only 0-16 team in the history of the league. Gimmie a break, this isn't even close.

By far the lions are the worst sporst franchise ever. They never win anything whatsoever I think they only have 1 or so playoff wins in there entire history. Look at there draft busts like Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers, and Mike Williams. All those losing seasons and poor managment. - Chris-1

Almost officially 50 years and still no super bowl ring - htoutlaws2012

At least they're starting to get better with Matt Stafford as quarterback.

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2 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates

This list needs updating. The Lions are on a roll now, the Rangers have been to two straight world series and the rays made the playoffs for the past couple years.

No winning seasons since 1992 and no end in sight.

3 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns compete in the National Football League as a member team of the American Football Conference North division. ...read more.

Depends which version of the Browns we're dealing with: If it's the original, then they turned out to be a solid team and brought home a super bowl in 2012/13. Unfortunately, that was when they were, and still are, the Baltimore Ravens. Meanwhile, the expansion Browns were terrible. If that's what we're referring to, then this is really the worst franchise.

0-16 in 2017 with just 1 win in 2 seasons! They are a factory of sadness for their fans and are easily the worst franchise ever! The Browns are on the threshold of hell and I am so glad I am not a Browns fan!

Never made the Super Bowl in 45 seasons to date. At least the Pirates have won a World Series...


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4 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs The Chicago Cubs are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division.

102 years is two generations. do you realize how many people where cubs who died never seeing a championship?

Yeah they have a terrible franchise just pathetic they have been Around since there were dinosaurs and they've never been any good

It is true that the Cubs are one of the worst sports teams but you gotta admit they have the most loyal fans ever! (Including me) - Ajkloth

Umm. What about Ben Zobrist,Aroldis Chapman,Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, Kyle Hendricks,Jake Arrietta, and so on. The Cubs WON the 2016 WORLD SERIES! THIS LIST NEEDS UPDATING.

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5 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers The Los Angeles Clippers, often abbreviated as the LA Clippers, are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

How can this team be on any list with the words "professional sports," in the title. They would suck at semi-pro.

NBA definition for futility.

Even their rare playoff seasons have been a blatant disaster.

6 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars The Jacksonville Jaguars are an American professional football franchise based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Look at the history. It speaks for itself

Ask anybody they will tell you the same


7 Charlotte Bobcats

Maybe if Jordan wasn't a retarded and would rehire larry Brown bobcat might make the playoffs

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8 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals have only 3 winning seasons since winning the World Series in 1985, and no playoff appearances. And, they have the worst owner in Major League Baseball. Need I say more?

They actually won the 2015 world series

One winning season since 1985. Was once a model franchise.

9 Sacramento Kings
10 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies

never been a good team ever

The Contenders

11 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins
12 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks
13 Montreal Expos

They did make the playoffs in 1981. Best team in baseball in the 80's and quite possibly the greatest team ever in '94. Loudest fans on the planet even with 8000 in the stadium near the end. Money and greed killed the Expos. Much like most of the United States!

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14 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets

Poorly managed and going no where fast. Horrible GM. Feel bad for the city. Great hockey town.

This team is actually good. - OhioStateBuckeyes

What the hell is a blue jacket?

15 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks
16 Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football franchise based in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Franchise was floundering even before the move to AZ.

I think their even worse than the Raiders and the Jags! Only 9 playoff apperances and 1 Super Bowl apperance. The owner needs to sell them to Los Angeles - CS2004

17 Tampa Bay Devil Rays

NO winning seasons EVER. Won 70 or more games ONCE. Never finished above 4th in division.

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18 Portsmouth FC Portsmouth FC
19 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals The Washington Nationals are a professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C. The Nationals compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League East division.
20 Oakland Raiders. Oakland Raiders. The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football franchise based in Oakland, California. The Raiders began playing in 1960 as a member club of the American Football League; they have been a member club of the National Football League since the 1970 AFL–NFL merger.

Have hit hard times because of inept owner.

Worst team ever named after bad guys

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