Special Report

Teams That Have Never Won a Championship (And How Close They Came)

Grant Suneson

Texas Rangers
> Active since: 1961
> Playoff appearances: 8
> Highest round reached: World Series
> Franchise win pct.: 47.8%

After missing the playoffs in each of their first 35 seasons, the Texas Rangers have made the postseason eight times since 1996. The team made the World Series in 2010 and 2011, losing both times. In game six of the 2011 World Series, the Rangers were twice within a strike of winning it all, but they fell short.

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Utah Jazz
> Active since: 1974-75
> Playoff appearances: 28
> Highest round reached: NBA Finals
> Franchise win pct.: 54.0%

Despite having the dynamic duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone, the Jazz have never brought a title to Utah. The team made back-to-back NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, losing to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls both times.

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Vancouver Canucks
> Active since: 1970
> Playoff appearances: 27
> Highest round reached: Stanley Cup Finals
> Franchise point pct.: 48.7%

Vancouver Canucks fans have suffered through three Stanley Cup Finals losses — in 1982, 1994, and 2011.

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Vegas Golden Knights
> Active since: 2017
> Playoff appearances: 2
> Highest round reached: Stanley Cup Finals
> Franchise point pct.: 60.6%

The Vegas Golden Knights stunned the sports world by making the Stanley Cup Finals their first season in 2018, losing to the Washington Capitals. Vegas also lost in the first round in the 2019 playoffs.

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Winnipeg Jets
> Active since: 1999
> Playoff appearances: 4
> Highest round reached: Conference Finals
> Franchise point pct.: 49.4%

Once the Atlanta Thrashers, the Winnipeg Jets have struggled to make the playoffs, earning a postseason spot just four times since the 1999-2000 season. Their best season came in 2018, when they made it to the Western Conference Finals.