Denver is one of the worst four-major-sport cities in the United States this year

Denver got to celebrate big after the Broncos won the Super Bowl in February. But since the start of baseball season, Denver’s four major pro sports have collectively scuttled along.

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Denver Broncos Devontae Booker (23) fights for extra yardage on a third quarter reception against the San Diego Chargers in the NFL game at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colo. October 30, 2016.Photo: © Eric Lars Bakke/ Denver Broncos)
The Broncos are the only major pro sports team in town that is better than .500.(Photo: © Eric Lars Bakke/ Denver Broncos)

If you’re a fan of the Denver’s four major professional sports teams, you might be feeling a little bit down lately.

This fall, the Rockies  finished with a sub-.500 record for the sixth straight year. The two teams that share the Pepsi Center, the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets, are among the worst teams in their respective leagues a little more than a quarter of the way through. Even the Broncos are struggling by their standards and look to be in danger of missing the playoffs.

Denver got to celebrate big after the Broncos won the Super Bowl in February. But since the start of baseball season, Denver’s four major pro sports have collectively scuttled along. There are 13 metropolitan areas that have NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL teams. Denver has the fourth-worst winning percentage out any of them if you’re only counting seasons that began in 2016.

Denver checks in at 10th out of 13 with a 46.2 percent winning percentage. The Broncos (8-5) are the only sports team in town with a record above .500.

So far, Boston is way out in front of everyone else with a 65.5 winning percentage. The Patriots, who play the Broncos on Sunday, have the best record in football at 11-2. The Red Sox finished the regular season 93-69, and the Celtics and Bruins are both above .500.

The difference in winning percentage between Boston and the winning percentage of the city that came in second, Detroit, is 11.2 percent. For a little context, the difference in winning percentage between Detroit and the city that finished 12th, Philadelphia, is 12.9 percent. That’s pretty amazing.

Also notable: Phoenix came in last by a pretty wide margin. Phoenix’s four major pro sports teams have a 36.3 win percentage. It might seem like a drag to root for Denver’s pro sports teams lately, but it could be a whole lot worse: You could be a Phoenix sports fan.

Methodology

Each pro sports team’s record counted equally. MLB teams that played 162 regular-season games didn’t count more than NFL teams that have only played 13 regular-season games so far. We extrapolated so that each team had played 250 regular-season games.

We only used seasons that began in 2016. So what the Nuggets and Avalanche did last spring doesn’t count; only what they’ve done (spoiler alert: not much) since their 2016-17 seasons began in the fall.

We only used regular-season records. Not playoff records.

All records are updated through Tuesday morning. 

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Christian Clark

Author: Christian Clark

Christian Clark covers sports. He's worked for outlets that include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Oklahoman, Columbia Missourian and Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. He likes music and Mexican food. Lots and lots of Mexican food. Got questions? Tips? You can reach him at cclark@denverite.com.