The fans of the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Lions have the longest championship droughts

Cork Gaines and Mike Nudelman
Business Insider

When the Chicago Cubs won the World Series last year, they ended the longest championship drought in North American Sports — 108 years. Now that the Cubs drought is over, which team has now gone the longest without a championship? The answer can be tricky.

If we look just at franchises, the honor goes to the NFL's Cardinals, who have not won a championship since 1947. However, that title was won in Chicago and the team has only been in Arizona since 1988 (with a stop in St. Louis in between). It doesn't seem fair to say Arizona Cardinals fans have suffered the longest.

Instead, let's look at which fan bases have suffered without a title the longest. In that case, the title goes to the fans of the Cleveland Indians, who lost to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series and who have now gone 68 years without a championship. They are followed by the Detroit Lions (59 years). The longest streaks for teams in their current cities in the NHL belong to the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs (50; the Blues have never won a title) and in the NBA it is the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns (49; the Suns have never won a title), with the average for all teams being 24.8 years.

You can see the full list below the chart.

COTD_8.23 sports
COTD_8.23 sports

(Mike Nudelman/Business Insider)

Years without a title (in current city)

Cleveland Indians

68

Detroit Lions

59

Philadelphia Eagles

56

Minnesota Vikings

56

Houston Astros

55

San Diego Chargers

53

Buffalo Bills

51

Atlanta Falcons

50

Toronto Maple Leafs

50

St Louis Blues

50

Phoenix Suns

49

Atlanta Hawks

49

Cleveland Browns

49

Cincinnati Bengals

49

New York Jets

48

San Diego Padres

48

Denver Nuggets

47

Kansas City Chiefs

47

Vancouver Canucks

47

Buffalo Sabres

47

Milwaukee Brewers

47

Milwaukee Bucks

46

Texas Rangers

45

New York Knicks

44

Indiana Pacers

44

Los Angeles Rams

44

Miami Dolphins

43

Washington Capitals

43

Philadelphia Flyers

42

Portland Trail Blazers

40

Seattle Mariners

40

Washington Wizards

39

Utah Jazz

38

Pittsburgh Pirates

37

Philadelphia 76ers

34

New York Islanders

34

Los Angeles Clippers

33

Baltimore Orioles

33

Sacramento Kings

32

Detroit Tigers

32

Chicago Bears

31

New York Mets

30

Charlotte Bobcats

29

Orlando Magic

28

Minnesota Timberwolves

28

Calgary Flames

28

Los Angeles Dodgers

28

Edmonton Oilers

27

Oakland Athletics

27

San Jose Sharks

26

Cincinnati Reds

26

Washington Redskins

25

Ottawa Senators

25

Minnesota Twins

25

Montreal Canadiens

24

Florida Panthers

24

Colorado Rockies

24

Oakland Raiders

23

Arizona Cardinals

23

Winnipeg Jets

23

New York Rangers

23

Toronto Blue Jays

23

Toronto Raptors

22

Houston Rockets

22

San Francisco 49ers

22

Jacksonville Jaguars

22

Dallas Cowboys

21

Carolina Panthers

21

Arizona Coyotes

21

Atlanta Braves

21

Chicago Bulls

19

Nashville Predators

19

Tampa Bay Rays

19

Tennessee Titans

18

Dallas Stars

18

Minnesota Wild

17

Columbus Blue Jackets

17

Memphis Grizzlies

16

Colorado Avalanche

16

New Orleans Pelicans

15

Houston Texans

15

Arizona Diamondbacks

15

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

14

New Jersey Devils

14

Los Angeles Angels

14

Detroit Pistons

13

Tampa Bay Lightning

13

Miami Marlins

13

Washington Nationals

12

Carolina Hurricanes

11

Chicago White Sox

11

Indianapolis Colts

10

Anaheim Ducks

10

Oklahoma City Thunder

9

Boston Celtics

9

Detroit Red Wings

9

Pittsburgh Steelers

8

Philadelphia Phillies

8

Los Angeles Lakers

7

New Orleans Saints

7

New York Yankees

7

Dallas Mavericks

6

Green Bay Packers

6

Boston Bruins

6

Brooklyn Nets

5

New York Giants

5

St Louis Cardinals

5

Miami Heat

4

Baltimore Ravens

4

San Antonio Spurs

3

Seattle Seahawks

3

Los Angeles Kings

3

Boston Red Sox

3

Chicago Blackhawks

2

San Francisco Giants

2

Cleveland Cavaliers

1

Denver Broncos

1

Kansas City Royals

1

Golden State Warriors

0

New England Patriots

0

Pittsburgh Penguins

0

Chicago Cubs

0

NOW WATCH: A shark expert explains what would really happen if Michael Phelps raced a live shark



More From Business Insider

What to Read Next