Longest Playoff Droughts in Professional Sports

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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy May 02, 2024, 4:35 PM

The New York Jets officially have the longest playoff drought in North American professional sports. They last made the playoffs in 2010, when Mark Sanchez led them to the AFC championship game.

The Sacramento Kings had maintained the longest drought for many years, having missed the NBA playoffs every year since 2006. 

That long losing streak officially ended in March 2023, when the Kings clinched a playoff berth.

The Jets have regional company, as the Sabres aren’t far behind them on the drought list. 

Longest Playoff Drought in Sports

Team (League)Last PlayoffLast Championship
Jets (NFL)20101968
Sabres (NHL)2011Never
Angels (MLB)20142002
Tigers (MLB)20141984
Broncos (NFL)20152015
Royals (MLB)20152015
Pirates (MLB)20151979
Hornets (NBA)2016Never

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.