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Monday, February 27, 2012

Franchise Performance Pt. 4 (#31 - #60)

Recapping the groundrules of the study, we are ranking all sports city-team combinations for playoff performance since 1974 using a poker like system:
1) All teams chip in $10 at the beginning of the year
2) Winner takes 50%, Runner up 25%, Semifinalists 10% each, remaining playoff teams split the last 5%
3) City/Team combinations are separate, the Charlotte Hornets are not associated with the New Orleans Hornets, etc.

Totals through the 2012 Super Bowl are included.

Number 121-148 were revealed in part 1
Number 91-120 were revealed in part 2
Number 61-90 were revealed in part 3

The fourth batch brings us that second tier of title teams, most have won, but not repeatedly. The Los Angeles Rams win the moniker of team with the most money to not win a title. You also see a fair bit of teams that have shortened timeframes with titles (Marlins, Ravens, Diamondbacks, LA Raiders). Plus as we transition through the break even, a few franchises that had three or fewer seasons.

Rank Total Team City League Titles Finals Semis Playoffs Years
60 -$32.56 Titans NSH NFL 0 1 2 6 15
59 -$30.00 Golden Seals OAK NHL 0 0 0 0 3
58 -$26.00 Panthers CHA NFL 0 1 3 4 17
57 -$22.79 Trailblazers POR NBA 1 3 6 29 38
56 -$21.08 Supersonics SEA NBA 1 3 6 22 35
55 -$20.00 Scouts KC NHL 0 0 0 0 2
54 -$20.00 Barons CLE NHL 0 0 0 0 2
53 -$18.17 Mavericks DAL NBA 1 2 4 17 31
52 -$12.31 Vikings MSP NFL 0 3 8 22 39
51 -$10.00 Nets NYC NBA 0 0 0 0 1
50 -$7.58 Magic ORL NBA 0 2 4 13 22
49 $0.00 Jets II WIN NHL 0 0 0 0 0
48 $1.25 Thunder OKC NBA 0 0 1 2 3
47 $4.83 Lightning TAM NHL 1 1 2 6 18
46 $27.50 Blue Jays TOR MLB 2 2 5 5 34
45 $30.08 Rams LA NFL 0 1 7 13 22
44 $30.44 Blackhawks CHI NHL 1 2 10 28 37
43 $42.08 Colts IND NFL 1 2 4 14 28
42 $47.33 Raiders LA NFL 1 1 2 7 13
41 $51.25 Diamondbacks PHO MLB 1 1 2 5 14
40 $61.88 Sixers PHI NBA 1 5 8 24 38
39 $64.25 Reds CIN MLB 3 3 5 6 37
38 $67.25 Heat MIA NBA 1 2 4 15 23
37 $68.44 Rams STL NFL 1 2 2 5 17
36 $68.94 Ravens BAL NFL 1 1 3 8 16
35 $75.48 Packers MIL NFL 2 3 5 15 39
34 $78.81 Rockets HOU NBA 2 4 6 25 38
33 $90.96 Ducks LA NHL 1 2 3 8 17
32 $100.50 Stars DAL NHL 1 2 4 12 17
31 $110.00 Marlins MIA MLB 2 2 2 2 18

Discussion: Would you believe, still no Boston team registered, meaning all four are in the Top 20%. Cincinnati is the only Ohio team in the profit range. Only 48 out of 148 teams have turned a profit. Speaks to lack of parity. The Florida (now Miami) Marlins are the only team to have never lost a playoff series. Next close, the Cincinnati Reds, have made the playoffs 6 times and won 3 titles.

The break down of this set by league as:
NBA: 9
NFL: 9
NHL: 8
MLB: 4
Each team is summarized below. A reminder, the years below are the year of the playoffs, so for NFL, 2010 is associated with the 2009 regular season. For best season, playoff performance is given precedence over regular season record.

Number: 60
Team: Titans
City: Nashville
League: NFL
Years: 1998 – 2012 (15)
Playoffs: 6
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 2000 (13-3, lost in Super Bowl)
Worst year: 2006 (4-12)
Winnings: -$32.56

Number: 59
Team: Golden Seals
City: Oakland
League: NHL
Years: 1974 – 1976 (3)
Playoffs: 0
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1976 (27-42-11, no playoffs)
Worst year: 1974 (13-55-10)
Winnings: -$30.00

Number: 58
Team: Panthers
City: Charlotte
League: NFL
Years: 1996 – 2012 (17)
Playoffs: 4
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 2004 (11-5, lost in Super Bowl)
Worst year: 2002 (1-15)
Winnings: -$26.00

Number: 57
Team: Trailblazers
City: Portland
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 2011 (38)
Playoffs: 29
Semifinals: 6
Finals: 3
Championships: 1
Best year: 1977 (49-33, won NBA Championship)
Worst year: 2006 (21-61)
Winnings: -$22.79

Number: 56
Team: Supersonics
City: Seattle
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 2008 (35)
Playoffs: 22
Semifinals: 6
Finals: 3
Championships: 1
Best year: 1979 (52-30, won NBA Championship)
Worst year: 2008 (20-62)
Winnings: -$21.08

Number: 54 (Tied)
Team: Scouts
City: Kansas City
League: NHL
Years: 1975 – 1976 (2)
Playoffs: 0
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1975 (15-54-11, no playoffs)
Worst year: 1976 (12-56-12)
Winnings: -$20.00

Number: 54 (tied)
Team: Barons
City: Cleveland
League: NHL
Years: 1977 – 1978 (2)
Playoffs: 0
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1977 (25-42-13, no playoffs)
Worst year: 1978 (22-45-13)
Winnings: -$20.00

Number: 53
Team: Mavericks
City: Dallas
League: NBA
Years: 1981 – 2011 (31)
Playoffs: 17
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 2005 (57-25, won NBA Championship)
Worst year: 1993 (11-71)
Winnings: -$18.17

Number: 52
Team: Vikings
City: Minneapolis-St. Paul
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 22
Semifinals: 8
Finals: 3
Championships: 0
Best year: 1974 (12-2, lost in Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1985, 2012 (3-13)
Winnings: -$12.31

Number: 51
Team: Nets
City: New York
League: NBA
Years: 1977 – 1977 (1)
Playoffs: 0
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 1977 (22-60, no playoffs)
Worst year: 1977 (22-60)
Winnings: -$10.00

Number: 50
Team: Magic
City: Orlando
League: NBA
Years: 1990 – 2011 (22)
Playoffs: 13
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 2
Championships: 0
Best years: 2009 (59-23, lost in NBA Finals)
Worst years: 1990 (18-64)
Winnings: -$7.58

Number: 49
Team: Jets II
City: Winnipeg
League: NHL
Years: 2012 – 2011 (0)
Playoffs: 0
Semifinals: 0
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: N/A
Worst year: N/A
Winnings: $0.00

Number: 48
Team: Thunder
City: Oklahoma City
League: NBA
Years: 2009 – 2011 (3)
Playoffs: 2
Semifinals: 1
Finals: 0
Championships: 0
Best year: 2011 (55-27, lost in Conference finals)
Worst year: 2009 (23-59)
Winnings: $1.25

Number: 47
Team: Lightning
City: Tampa Bay
League: NHL
Years: 1993 – 2011 (18)
Playoffs: 6
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 1
Championships: 1
Best year: 2004 (46-22-8, won Stanley Cup)
Worst year: 1998 (17-55-10)
Winnings: $4.83

Number: 46
Team: Blue Jays
City: Toronto
League: MLB
Years: 1977 – 2011 (34)
Playoffs: 5
Semifinals: 5
Finals: 2
Championships: 2
Best year: 1992 (96-66, won World Series)
Worst year: 1979 (53-109)
Winnings: $27.50

Number: 45
Team: Rams
City: Los Angeles
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 1995 (22)
Playoffs:13
Semifinals: 7
Finals: 1
Championships: 0
Best year: 1980 (9-7, lost in Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1992 (3-13)
Winnings: $30.08

Number: 44
Team: Blackhawks
City: Chicago
League: NHL
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 28
Semifinals: 10
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 2010 (52-22-0-8, won Stanley Cup)
Worst year: 2004 (20-43-11-8)
Winnings: $30.44

Number: 43
Team: Colts
City: Indianapolis
League: NFL
Years: 1985 – 2012 (28)
Playoffs: 14
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 2007 (12-4, won Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1992 (1-15)
Winnings: $42.08

Number: 42
Team: Raiders
City: Los Angeles
League: NFL
Years: 1983 – 1995 (13)
Playoffs: 7
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 1
Championships: 1
Best year: 1984 (11-5, won Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1988 (5-10)
Winnings: $47.33

Number: 41
Team: Diamondbacks
City: Arizona
League: MLB
Years: 1998 – 2011 (14)
Playoffs: 5
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 1
Championships: 1
Best year: 2001 (92-70, won World Series)
Worst year: 2004 (51-111)
Winnings: $51.25

Number: 40
Team: Sixers
City: Philadelphia
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 2011 (38)
Playoffs: 24
Semifinals: 8
Finals: 5
Championships: 1
Best year: 1983 (55-17, won NBA Championship)
Worst year: 1996 (18-64)
Winnings: $61.88


Number: 39
Team: Reds
City: Cincinnati
League: MLB
Years: 1974 – 2011 (37)
Playoffs: 6
Semifinals: 5
Finals: 3
Championships: 3
Best year: 1975 (108-54, won World Series)
Worst year: 1982 (61-101)
Winnings: $64.25

Number: 38
Team: Heat
City: Miami
League: NBA
Years: 1989 – 2011 (23)
Playoffs: 15
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 2006 (52-30, won NBA Championship)
Worst year: 1989, 2008 (15-67)
Winnings: $67.25

Number: 37
Team: Rams
City: St. Louis
League: NFL
Years: 1996 – 2012 (17)
Playoffs: 5
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 2000 (13-3, won Super Bowl)
Worst year: 2010 (1-15)
Winnings: $68.44

Number: 36
Team: Ravens
City: Baltimore
League: NFL
Years: 1997 – 2012 (16)
Playoffs: 8
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 1
Championships: 1
Best year: 2001 (12-4, won Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1997 (4-12)
Winnings: $68.94

Number: 35
Team: Packers
City: Milwaukee
League: NFL
Years: 1974 – 2012 (39)
Playoffs: 15
Semifinals: 5
Finals: 3
Championships: 2
Best year: 1997 (13-3, won Super Bowl)
Worst year: 1986, 1988, 1991, 2005 (4-12)
Winnings: $74.48

Number: 34
Team: Rockets
City: Houston
League: NBA
Years: 1974 – 2011 (38)
Playoffs: 25
Semifinals: 6
Finals: 4
Championships: 2
Best year: 1994 (58-24, won NBA Championship)
Worst year: 1983 (14-68)
Winnings: $78.81

Number: 33
Team: Ducks
City: Los Angeles
League: NHL
Years: 1994 – 2011 (17)
Playoffs: 8
Semifinals: 3
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 2007 (48-20-0-14, won Stanley Cup)
Worst year: 1995 (16-27-5-0)
Winnings: $90.96

Number: 32
Team: Stars
City: Dallas
League: NHL
Years: 1994 – 2011 (17)
Playoffs: 12
Semifinals: 4
Finals: 2
Championships: 1
Best year: 1999 (92-70, won Stanley Cup)
Worst year: 1996 (26-42-14)
Winnings: $100.50

Number: 31
Team: Marlins
City: Miami
League: MLB
Years: 1993 – 2011 (18)
Playoffs: 2
Semifinals: 2
Finals: 2
Championships: 2
Best year: 1997 (92-70, won World Series)
Worst year: 1998 (54-108)
Winnings: $110.00

6 comments:

  1. As a fan, do you value playoff performance over the regular season? Generally speaking of course, since a relatively successful regular season is required for a post season appearance.

    I know I'm veering slightly off what you've laid out, but I'm getting at the fact that a playoff in college football could raise the value of a school's athletic program. Even without titles, an appearance in the semis should trump any high profile bowl, and most likely trump any non-championship BCS bowl. This would be a positive for teams and fans.

    However, because of the extreme lack of parity in the NCAA, do the rich get even richer with a playoff? That is slightly counter intuitive, since tournaments typically exist to be more inclusive. But if a select few school always get in the playoffs, then they could raise their elite status even higher than it is today.

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  2. Yes, I value playoff performance over regular season. Green Bay and Pittsburgh reap the benefits of a lot of $$ in my pool above by being the six seed then winning the Super Bowl. More than a 100 win San Francisco Giants team (circa 1993) that missed the playoffs.

    This fact is part of the argument of those (which I'm still a fringe member) that say College Football regular season would be tainted with a playoff.

    Yes, the rich will get richer with a playoffs. Instead of BCS-AQ vs. Non, you'll start to see the real elite conferences (SEC, maybe Big 12) garnish even more of the slots with the ACC and Big East nearly never getting that. Of the BCS title game slots since 2004: SEC 7, Big 12 3, Big 10 2 (none since 2007), Pac 10 2.

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  3. I'm becoming more of a fringe member, as more TX/OU (2008) and LSU/Bama (2011) regular season games were ridiculously huge at the time but had no factor in the champion.

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  4. Back to Sports Cities, Forbes, coincidentally, came out with the Bottom 10 (presumably U.S.) sports cities: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eddf45gdeg/the-most-miserable-sports-cities-2/#gallerycontent

    I can say my numbers agree with 6 out of 10, noting that one of my 10 is Canadian (leaving 3 in disagreement). But I only go back to 1974. The full city list will be published in a future post.

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  5. I don't think the taint factor is as strong in football. I also think a playoff system should have auto-bids (harder to do if the field is small). Overall, I think all sports are better when the "good" teams are good, I can deal with the rich getting richer as long as we get great games on TV. I'm a fan of the underdog winning too, but no one is much of an underdog when teams are just different flavors of mediocre (*sneeze*NBA*cough*).

    Back to the list... these are fun to read through. Can't wait for the final installment.

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  6. I'm probably going to go 30 - 11 in the next segment, then roll out the Top 10 with more detail. Interesting stories at the top.

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