Playoff Games/Series’ Appearances by City
Posted by Andrew McKillop on May 25, 2011
Professional sports playoffs can create a buzz in a city, that no other form of entertainment/competition can. A few years ago when I was living in Milwaukee, the Brewers made it to the playoffs for the first time in my lifetime, and it was all the city of Milwaukee could focus on. It was a big deal, and it united the city.
I decided to dig into the playoff database I created a few weeks ago for the article Playoff Matchups by City in Professional Sports, and find out which cities have sent the most pro teams to playoff games/series’. The same rules/leagues from the post above still apply. Meaning I lumped teams by major media market (i.e. Oakland & San Jose = San Francisco). Although they are in different media markets, I lumped Green Bay into Milwaukee, since the Green Bay Packers have always held close ties to Milwaukee.
The city of New York has sent the most teams to playoff games/series’. Expectantly because they have the most professional teams amongst the big sports leagues.
Legend: # (Number of games/series’ city teams have played in)
The sports season of 2000 saw the city of New York send 16 teams to playoff games/series’, the most a city ever sent in a season.
The city of New York also has the longest current playoff streak. The city has sent at least one team to the playoffs since the 1967 seasons’. In fact in the last 100 years, the city of New York has failed to send a team to the playoffs on only eight occasions.
The city of New York has won the most playoff games/series’ (has also lost the most). The city of Edmonton has the best winning percentage in playoff games/series’ (minimum 50 games/series’).
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