Special Report

Sports Franchises with the Most Consecutive Winning Seasons

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10. New Jersey Devils
> Consecutive winning seasons: 18 seasons
> Seasons: 1991-1992 to 2009-2010
> Championships: 3 Stanley Cups
> Notable players: Martin Brodeur, Scott Niedermayer

One of the key reasons the New Jersey Devils were a winning team each year from the 1991-1992 season through the 2009-2010 season was goaltender Martin Brodeur. He played sparingly in his early years but burst onto the scene in the 1993-1994 season, winning the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. The next season, the Devils won their first ever Stanley Cup. Even as coaches and skaters changed, Brodeur brought consistency, playing for New Jersey for 21 seasons. He always gave his team a chance to win, never giving up more than 2.6 goals per game as a starter.

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9. New England Patriots
> Consecutive winning seasons: 18 seasons
> Seasons: 2000 to present
> Championships: 6 Super Bowls
> Notable players: Tom Brady, Rodney Harrison

Ever since Bill Belichick took over as head coach, the New England Patriots have been a winning machine. In his first season in 2000, the Pats went 5-11. In the next, QB Drew Bledsoe went down with an injury early in the season, paving the way for unheralded backup Tom Brady, and the rest is history. The Pats won the 2001 Super Bowl — their first of six under the Brady-Belichick tandem. New England has only missed the playoffs twice since 2001 — after going 9-7 in 2002 and after going 11-5 in 2008, when Tom Brady missed almost the whole season with an injury. Brady is in his 40s but proved he can still play at a championship level.

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8. Utah Jazz
> Consecutive winning seasons: 19 seasons
> Seasons: 1985-1986 to 2003-2004
> Championships: None
> Notable players: Karl Malone, John Stockton

The Utah Jazz own the dubious honor of having the longest winning season streak in American pro sports history that never yielded a championship. The Jazz selected John Stockton and Karl Malone in consecutive NBA drafts in 1984 and 1985, respectively. The pair perfected the pick and roll offense and never missed the playoffs while playing together. Yet they could never get over the hump, losing in the first round of the playoffs nine times, the conference semi-finals four times, the conference finals three times, and the NBA Finals twice, both times to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.

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7. Dallas Cowboys
> Consecutive winning seasons: 20 seasons
> Seasons: 1966 to 1985
> Championships: 2 Super Bowls
> Notable players: Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson

Head coach Tom Landry was the driving force that took the Dallas Cowboys from a hapless expansion team to an NFL dynasty. Dallas did not win a single game in its inaugural 1960 NFL season. But Landry’s squad made steady improvements before they finally made their first postseason appearance after the 1966 season. The team made the playoffs each of the next seven seasons, winning Super Bowl VI in 1972. Landry was fired after the 1988 season, but in his time as head coach, he made it to five Super Bowls, winning two of them and putting together 20 straight winning seasons — an NFL record.

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6. San Antonio Spurs
> Consecutive winning seasons: 22 seasons
> Seasons: 1997-1998 to present
> Championships: 5 NBA titles
> Notable players: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

No NBA franchise has ever had as many consecutive winning seasons as the San Antonio Spurs have as of 2019. In his first full season in charge, 1997-1998, coach Gregg Popovich took the Spurs from a 20-62 team to a 56-win squad, largely thanks to first overall pick Tim Duncan. The next year, the Spurs won their first ever championship and have never looked back. Under Pop, the Spurs have never finished worse than third in their division and have never missed the playoffs.