argument top image

< Back to question What is the least successful major North American sports franchise of all time? Show more Show less

Many look to the great sports franchises that have defined generation after generation in all four major leagues; the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Lakers, the New England Patriots. But there is another, rather ugly side to sports that explores just how unlucky, incompetent, and stagnant a major team organization can truly be. There are multiple teams that fit the bill for least successful of all time.

The Buffalo Sabres are the least successful major sports franchise of all time Show more Show less

Throughout the NHL, there are multiple teams that have never gained the same amount of success or notoriety as others. The Buffalo Sabres are an exceptional blip within that batch of teams for a multitude of reasons.
< (2 of 4) Next position >

The Sabres hold the longest current postseason appearance drought

The Sabres hold the longest current playoff drought of any other NHL team at 9 seasons, which simply exemplifies their lack of success in the modern era, especially within the last decade.
< (1 of 1) Next argument >

The Argument

The Buffalo Sabres hold the longest current postseason drought of any NHL team at 9 seasons - the last time they made the playoffs was in 2011. Even during the 2020 postseason, the Sabres were included in the mere 7 NHL teams that did not officially make the qualifying round. Additionally, the last time they won a first round playoff series was in 2007.[1] A team's success is based largely upon their postseason success, and the fact that they hold the longest current drought shows that, within the last decade, they have performed incredibly poorly compared to the rest of the league.

Counter arguments

All of the Sabres' history should be considered when determining their success, and they have made it to the Stanley Cup finals twice. Determining a team's performance within that small sliver of team does not truly show the entire picture of the franchise, and there are many teams throughout all of professional sports that have had little success within the last decade. Franchise success is about considering every season, not just a few of the most recent ones.

Premises

[P1] Franchise success is based on postseason success, and a team with a sizable drought in its respective league should automatically be considered the least successful. [P2] The Buffalo Sabres have the longest current postseason drought in the NHL, and they've had little playoff success in the last 13 years. [P3] The Buffalo Sabres are the least successful sports franchise.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Just because the Sabres have not had playoff success within the last decade does not necessarily encapsulate their entire franchise history. [Rejecting P3] The Buffalo Sabres should not be discounted for these reasons.

References

  1. https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/BUF/history.html

This page was last edited on Thursday, 20 Aug 2020 at 20:00 UTC

Vote

Not sure yet? Read more before voting ↑