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What is the least successful major North American sports franchise of all time?

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 Seattle Mariners are the least successful franchise of all time

There have been a plethora of issues with the Seattle Mariners over their franchise history, especially within the context of the wider MLB. Seattle is a strong candidate for the worst of the worst.

The Mariners have remarkably little post-season success

The Mariners have markedly less playoff experience and subsequent success than the rest of the entire MLB, which shows just how bad the franchise has been throughout its history.

The Mariners have never had a stable identity

Ever since the construction of the famed Kingdome in Seattle, the Mariners have been tossed between almost moving cities and completely demolishing the basis for their franchise. Identity is essential for the success of a baseball team, which is what the Mariners do not possess.

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

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.

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.

The Cleveland Browns are the least successful franchise of all time

The Cleveland Browns are one of the most well-known franchises in the National Football League (NFL). However, they are known more for their terrible losing streak than their small successes.

Baker Mayfield is inconsistent because he's insecure about his abilities

Baker Mayfield is currently the Cleveland Browns' main quarterback. He's been playing for them since 2018. However, he could do better at his position.

Odell Beckham Jr. should be used as a quarterback instead of a wide receiver

Odell Beckham Jr. was known as a prodigy when he first joined the NFL. After he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2019, he had helped the team gain traction in competitions. Although he’s been a tremendous help, he’s not in the position he needs to be in to help his team do well.

The Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the most well-known franchises in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Unfortunately, they are known more for their terrible losing streak than their small successes.

The Timberwolves need a better defense strategy with effective players

The Minnesota Timberwolves had struggled since their formation in 1989. The team has struggled to rack up points and make it to the main games. One pattern that everyone's seen is the lack of great defense within the team.

This page was last edited on Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020 at 17:21 UTC

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