They may not be fan favorites, but the San Antonio Spurs have been one of the most dominant NBA franchises of all time. Spurs have won five NBA championships and are second all-time in winning percentage. They have only missed the playoffs four times in the last 38 years since being an NBA team. Lastly, they hold the record, which is still current, of 15 seasons in a row with 50+ wins.
The Niners looked to be in dominant fashion as of late until their collapse of their 2014 season, where they now look to be in a rebuilding mode. However, no one can forget their golden years in the 80’s and 90’s with Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. The Forty-Niners have been to the Superbowl a total of six times and have won five of those games. They also won those five Superbowls in a matter of only 14 years. They won more games in the 80s and 90s than any other football team and they still hold the record of 19 consecutive road wins. Last but not least they have 22 hall of famers.
How can the Bulls not be a top candidate? They arguably had one of the greatest athletes of any sport as part of their franchise, Michael Jordan. The Bulls alone won six championships in the 90s and are the only team in NBA history to win two different three peats. Some other notable records the Bulls still hold are they are the only team in NBA history to record a 70 win season and the only NBA franchise to make the playoffs their first year in existence (1966). During the Jordan era they also posted a 44 home game win streak.
Montreal may be the most dominate NHL team of all time, but this is about American sport franchises, and behind Montreal in NHL dominance is the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings boast a nice trophy room with a total of 11 Stanley Cups. They currently hold the record for all American Sports for the longest active and longest ever playoff run which is 23 years in a row dating all the way back to 1991. The Red Wings also hold the record for the most home games won in a row which stands at 23.
Are they really America’s team? The Cowboys have an amazing history as a franchise and have a total of five Superbowl rings in eight appearances. They still hold the record for 20 consecutive winning seasons which is a record that will not be passed anytime soon (1966-85). They must be America’s team because they have sold out every home game to date since 1990 and they are valued at 3.2 billion dollars which is the highest of any sports franchise in the U.S.
St. Louis is a franchise that is extremely overlooked in the sports world. They have been to the World Series a total of 19 times which is second to the New York Yankees and they have won 11 of those championships. The Cardinals have called St. Louis home since 1882 and they have one of the most loyal fan bases to date. They have won 105 or more games in four different seasons and won 100 or more a total of eight times.
The Steelers lead in the Superbowl win column with a total of six within eight appearances. They are also the only NFL team not to have a season with twelve or more losses since the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978. Pittsburgh is also third most with Hall of Fame inductees with 21.
Most people call the Celtics the most successful franchise of any sport since they actually have the highest winning percentage of championships than any other American professional sports league. They have won a total of 17 NBA championships and 11 of those came in a 13 year period during the Bill Russell era. Celtics also broke the race barrier by drafting the first black player into the NBA, Chuck Cooper in 1950. If they are said to be the best franchise, who could possibly bypass them?
Sure, the Celtics have won more championships than the Lakers, but only by one. They have appeared in the NBA finals more than any other team for a total of 31 times! They also still hold the record for most consecutive wins with 33 and 16 road wins in a row. The Lakers have missed the playoffs just 5 times in the last 66 years since they have been a franchise and they are just one of three teams to never have a 60 loss season.
Love them, or hate them, the Yankees deserve the number one spot as the most successful American sports franchise. Yankees have won 27 World Series titles and have appeared in the World Series 40 times. That is averaging a World Series title every four years which is an astonishing feat. They also hold the best winning percentage all time in major league baseball at .568. I guess money does buy happiness after all….
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