How do you allocate teams to cities?

If the name of the city is in the team name, then the team belongs to that city. For example, the San Francisco 49ers' stadium is in Santa Clara, but they belong to San Francisco. Teams like the Golden State Warriors or Arizona Cardinals are given to the city where the stadium is located, or the nearest major city that also hosts other major sports teams.

Also, all of the Minnesota teams should be labeled Minneapolis/St. Paul, but that would make the tables too large. Sorry, St. Paul.

How does scoring work?

Read all about that here.

How are the championship droughts calculated?

A drought starts or is extended only if your city goes an entire year without any of the teams winning a championship. There are no partial droughts within a year.

How do you choose which leagues and years count?

For basketball, only NBA league-years are counted, dating back to the first season.

For hockey, only NHL league-years are counted, dating back to the first season.

For baseball, only MLB league-years are counted, starting in the 1903 season (the year of the first modern world series).

For football, we could NFL league-years starting in 1960. During the initial super bowl years (1966-1969), both AFL and NFL league-years are counted. The AFL and NFL merger was completed in 1970, so from 1970 onward, only NFL league-years are counted.
The starting year of 1960 is picked somewhat arbitrarily, but out of necessity because the early NFL years and teams had little semblence to the league that evolved in the 1950s and 1960s.

How often is the site updated?

Four times per year, at the conclusion of the season for the big four sports leagues.

Why didn't you include MLS?

Men in Blazers notwithstanding, MLS is a distant 5th behind the NHL in terms of league revenue, and the line has to be drawn somewhere.


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