Sports misery isn't all about futility. Sometimes it's about leading your fans to the cusp of a title only to let them down in the end. It's happened the most in these 10 cities over the years. Only major U.S. sports towns — those with at least 75 cumulative NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL seasons — are eligible.
(List, captions, and stats courtesy of Forbes.
View the entire list on Forbes.com.) µSEATTLE - NOVEMBER 01: A fan of the Seattle SuperSonics holds a sign prior to the game against the Phoenix Suns on November 1, 2007 at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. The Suns defeated the Sonics 106-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Tom Lysiak #12 of the Atlanta Flames wates for face off action against the Boston Bruins at the Boston Garden. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Dick Van Arsdale #5 of the Phoenix Suns shoots against Paul Silas #35 of the Boston Celtics during a game in the 1976 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Phoenix Suns 4-2 and won the the 1976 NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1976 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images) Gilbert Perreault #11 of the Buffalo Sabres follows the action with his teammates during a game against the Montreal Canadiens Circa 1970 at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images) Willis Reed #19 of the New York Knicks jumps center against Elvin Hayes #11 of the San Diego Rockets during an NBA basketball game circa 1971 at Madison Square Garden in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Reed played for the Knicks from 1964-74. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)