These Are the 5 Winningest Franchises in Modern Day American Sports
Regardless of the sport, winning games at the professional level is no easy task. In fact, very few American professional sports fanbases are lucky enough to see their favorite franchise consistently win games throughout back-to-back decades. It’s even more rare for teams to find success for the majority of three decades, but that is exactly what the five teams on the following list have done.
To achieve long-term success, teams must draft well; they must maintain consistency with their front office and coaching staff; they must make wise and calculated moves during free agency; and they must hope that their key players stay healthy. Failure to perform well in any of these areas can quickly result in a franchise fading into professional sports oblivion.
You’ll notice that every franchise that made our list won multiple championships under Hall of Fame (or soon-to-be Hall of Fame) head coaches and have had several Hall of Fame-caliber players on their respective rosters. Now, without further adieu, here are the five winningest franchises in American professional sports (of the current generation).
Note: Rankings are based off of overall win/loss records since 1984.
- San Francisco 49ers – 59.31% winning percentage
Overall record: 309-212-2
Since 1984, the 49ers have won four Super Bowl titles (tied for the league lead), five NFC titles, and 14 division titles; they had players win NFL MVP awards four times; and they have five players, one coach, and their former owner inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 49ers have fallen onto hard times recently, but for most of the last 30-plus years, the franchise experienced massive amounts of success.
- New England Patriots – 60.80% winning percentage
Overall record: 318-205
Outside of a handful of solid seasons in the 1980s and 1990s, the Patriots can attribute their inclusion on this list to their ongoing dynasty, which began in 2001. Since 1984, the Pats have won four Super Bowl titles (tied for the league lead), eight AFC titles, and 16 division titles; they have had players win NFL MVP awards two times; and they have had four former players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with several more coming).
The Patriots have an excellent chance of winning a fifth Super Bowl title this year. When it’s all said and done, Bill Belichick will likely go down as the best head coach in NFL history. Likewise, Tom Brady will likely go down as the best quarterback in NFL history.
- Los Angeles Lakers – 61.46% winning percentage
Overall record: 1,598-1,002
The Lakers are one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. Since 1984, they have won eight NBA Championships, 12 conference championship, and 15 division titles; they have had players win the NBA MVP award five times; and they have had 10 former players inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (with more to come, including Kobe Bryant). They may be rebuilding, but it’s only a matter of time until the Lakers are back among the NBA’s elite teams.