Current active streaks of winning seasons in pro sports


Through games of August 14, the New York Yankees have a 61-58 record, three games over .500. Big deal, right? Well, should the Yankees falter and end the season at .500 or below, they would break a current streak of 21 seasons where they played above .500. The last time the Yankees did not finish a season above .500 was in 1992 when they went 76-86.

The Yanks’ streak of 21 seasons above .500 is not, however, the longest active streak in professional sports. The NHL’s Detroit Red Wings this past season had a .567 winning percentage. It was the 22nd straight year with a winning percentage above .500 for Detroit. The last time the Red Wings finished at .500 or below was in 1990-91 when they ended the season at .475.

Looking at the four major sports (MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL), there are 23 franchises that have current streaks of five winning seasons or more. The NHL has more than half of those teams with 12. Baseball is next with five; the NBA has four such teams, and the NFL has only two teams that have finished above .500 in five (or more) of the last seasons.

Here’s a look at the 23 pro sports franchises that have current streaks of five or more seasons of finishing above .500.

Franchises, current streak of seasons above .500

Detroit (NHL)     22
New York Yankees (MLB)     21
San Antonio (NBA)     17
Vancouver (NHL)     14
New England (NFL)     13
San Jose (NHL)     10
New York Rangers (NHL)     9
Houston (NBA)     8
Pittsburgh (NHL)     8
Boston (NHL)     7
Chicago (NHL)     7
Philadelphia (NHL)     7
Washington (NHL)     7
Miami (NBA)     6
St. Louis (MLB)     6
Tampa Bay (MLB)     6
St. Louis (NHL)     6
Atlanta (MLB)     5
Texas (MLB)     5
Oklahoma City (NBA)     5
Green Bay (NFL)     5
Los Angeles Kings (NHL)     5
Phoenix (NHL)     5

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