8 Cities with Longer Championship Droughts than Toronto

Firstly, this entry is about NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB championships. I realize Toronto has had great success in lacrosse and has won Grey Cups recently, but with all due respect, I'm not counting them as major championships. For Toronto, I'm only counting the Maple Leafs, Blue Jays and Raptors.

That means Toronto hasn't won a championship since 1993. That's a 22 year drought. As bad as that sounds, many cities have it worse.

San Diego

Let's start with San Diego. The Chargers haven't won since 1963, the Padres have never won a World Series, and even their former NBA teams (Rockets and Clippers) didn't win a thing.
52 year drought


Cleveland

I'm rooting heavily for the Cavaliers in this year's NBA championship and they're currently tied 1-1 with the Warriors. The Cavs have never won a title, the Indians haven't won since 1948 and the Browns haven't won since 1964.
51 year drought


Buffalo

Buffalo only has the two teams, but that's enough to count. The Sabres have never won a Stanley Cup and the Bills haven't won since 1965.
50 year drought


Kansas City

Kansas City also only has two teams, but they did have a short-lived NHL and NBA franchise. Neither won a thing. The Chiefs haven't won the Super Bowl since 1970 and the Royals haven't won a World Series since 1985.
30 year drought


Oakland

The Golden State Warriors haven't won since 1975, the Oakland Raiders haven't won since 1983, and the A's haven't won since 1989.
26 year drought


Cincinnati

The Bengals have been consistently brutal throughout the years, never winning a title. Meanwhile, the Reds haven't won a World Series since 1990.
25 year drought


Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Vikings have never won a Super Bowl, the North Stars and Wild have never won a Stanley Cup, the Timberwolves have never won and the Twins haven't won a World Series since 1991.
24 year drought


Washington

The Bullets / Wizards haven't won since 1978, the Capitals have never won, the Nationals have never won and their NFL franchise hasn't won a Super Bowl since 1992.
23 year drought


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Argie

Toronto needs another championship - and a mayor with a pair. That would make your city almost livable.

June 8, 2015 @ 9:54 AM

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@Argie

The Jays have won 5 in a row!

June 8, 2015 @ 9:59 AM

Anonymous

KC won Super Bowl 4

June 8, 2015 @ 3:06 PM

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You're right about the Chiefs winning Super Bowl IV in 1970. I'll update the entry.

June 8, 2015 @ 3:08 PM

Aaron

Don't forget Vancouver!

June 8, 2015 @ 3:10 PM

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@Aaron

I purposely didn't include cities that really only have one major league team. Sure, Vancouver had the Grizzlies, but only for a short while.

So cities like Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg don't count.

June 8, 2015 @ 3:12 PM

Mookie

Small point Mike, but the Washington Bullets did indeed win the NBA championship. Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes, beat Jack Sikma, Marvin Webster DJ, Downtown Freddy Brown and the rest of my Sonics...It was 1978.

June 8, 2015 @ 5:01 PM

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@Mookie

I don't think that's a small point at all. I'm updating my entry and firing my crack research staff!

June 8, 2015 @ 5:10 PM

Jackmac

If you're counting the 1965 Bills AFL championship, then you're obliged to count the 1963 San Diego Chargers as well.

June 14, 2015 @ 1:07 PM

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@Jackmac

You're right. I'm editing the original entry.

June 14, 2015 @ 1:12 PM

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