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When did your city win its last pro sports championship?

How long has it been since your city won a pro sports championship? Sporting News looks at each major sports city's wait for that title.

Cream City is now Championship City.

Milwaukee has a winner for the first time in 50 years thanks to the Bucks defeating the Suns in six games in the 2021 NBA Finals. The Bucks won the title at home, to boot; a packed Fiserv Forum and an estimated 65,000 fans outside the arena in Milwaukee's Deer District watched it all unfold.

The NBA is the third major North American professional sport to crown a champion in 2021. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the 2021 Super Bowl in February and the Tampa Bay Lightning won the 2021 Stanley Cup Final in early July.

MLB is slated to crown its champion in late October. Milwaukee has a chance to match Champa Bay with the Brewers in a prime position to make the playoffs.

With that, Sporting News looks across the four major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA) and answers the question: 

When was the last time your city won a pro sports championship? 

  • Milwaukee has a champion for the first time in 50 years. The Bucks ended the city's drought by defeating the Suns in the NBA Finals. If you're counting Green Bay (and we are), then the state's drought is over after more than a decade.Others:Packers (2010), Brewers (none).

  • The Lightning won their second straight Stanley Cup championship in five games against the Montreal Canadiens. Andrei Vasilevskiywon the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.Others: Buccaneers (2021), Rays (none).

  • The Dodgers franchise ended three decades of frustration by taking down the Rays in six games in MLB's postseason bubble. Others: Lakers (2020), Kings (2014), Chargers (none), Rams (none), Clippers (none).

  • The Chiefs rallied to defeat the 49ers in Super Bowl 54, a half-century after the franchise won Super Bowl IV. Others: Royals (2015).

  • D.C. celebrates its first baseball champion in 95 years after the Nationals, transplanted from Montreal, defeat the Astros in a seven-game World Series. Others: Capitals (2018), Redskins (1991), Wizards (1978).

  • Kyle Lowry and Co. ended a 26-year championship drought for Canada as the Raptors denied the Warriors a three-peat.Others: Blue Jays (1993), Maple Leafs (1967). (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • The Blues, improbably, bring the Stanley Cup to Missouri for the first time after beating the Bruins in seven games in the final. St. Louis was last in the NHL standings in early January. Others: Cardinals (2011), Rams (1999). (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

  • The Patriots won Super Bowl 53, a defensive struggle that ended with a 13-3 victory against the Los Angeles Rams. That came on the heels of the Red Sox winning the World Series. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will go for No. 7 in 2019. Others: Red Sox (2018), Bruins (2011), Celtics (2008).

  • The Warriors won their third NBA championship in four seasons in the 2018 NBA Finals with a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant led the way. Others: Raiders (1980), Athletics (1989).

  • The Eagles, led by backup quarterback Nick Foles, defeated the defending champion Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52 and gave the City of Brotherly Love its first NFL title since 1960. Others: Phillies (2008), 76ers (1983), Flyers (1975)

  • Justin Verlander, Jose Altuve and Dallas Keuchel led the Astros to a seven-game World Series triumph over the Dodgers. Others: Rockets (1995), Texans (None).

  • The Penguins gave the Steel City its fifth Stanley Cup championship and its second in as many seasons with a six-game triumph over the Predators in the Final. Others: Steelers (2008), Pirates (1979).

  • The Chicago Cubs broke a drought that extended back to 1908 by beating the Cleveland Indians in seven games in the World Series. Others: Blackhawks (2015), White Sox (2005), Bulls (1998), Bears (1985).

  • The city waited 52 years for a champion, and LeBron James' Cavs finally delivered it, and in historic fashion, no less. They became the first team in NBA Finals history to win the series after trailing three games to one, shocking the mighty Warriors. Others: Browns (1964), Indians (1948).

  • Super Bowl MVP Von Miller helped Denver beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50. Others: Avalanche (2001), Nuggets (none), Rockies (none).

  • Madison Bumgarner led the Giants to their third World Series championship in five years by leading San Francisco past Kansas City in seven games. Others: 49ers (1994).

  • Kawhi Leonard won NBA Finals MVP honors, and Tim Duncan and Tony Parker helped lead the Spurs to a 4-1 series win against the Miami Heat.

  • Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith led a dominant defensive effort in a 43-8 win against Denver in Super Bowl 48 to give the Seahawks their first Super Bowl championship. Others: SuperSonics (1979), Mariners (none).

  • LeBron James led the Heat to their second straight NBA championship in a dramatic seven-game series against the Spurs. Others: Marlins (2003), Dolphins (1973), Panthers (none).

  • Ray Lewis and Joe Flacco led the Ravens to a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. It was Baltimore's second Super Bowl championship as the Ravens. Others: Orioles (1983).

  • Eli Manning led the Giants, who in fact play in New Jersey, past the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI. Others: Yankees (2009), Rangers (1994), Mets (1986), Islanders (1983), Knicks (1973), Jets (1968), Nets (1976, ABA).

  • NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks to their first NBA title against the Miami Heat. Others: Stars (1999), Cowboys (1995), Rangers (none).

  • Drew Brees brought the Saints their first championship with a 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Others: Pelicans (none).

  • Henrik Zetterberg led the Red Wings past the Penguins in six games in the 2008 Stanley Cup finals. Others: Pistons (2004), Tigers (1984), Lions (1957).

  • Scott Niedermayer earned MVP honors after the Ducks beat Ottawa four games to one in the Stanley Cup finals. Others: Angels (2002).

  • Cam Ward and Rod Brind'Amour led the Hurricanes past the Edmonton Oilers in seven games in the 2006 Stanley Cup finals.

  • Peyton Manning led the Colts to a 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. Others: The Pacers won three ABA titles, the last in 1973, before joining the NBA.

  • The Devils and goaltender Martin Brodeur beat the Anaheim Ducks in seven games to win their third Stanley Cup. The club now plays in Newark, N.J.

  • Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling led the Diamondbacks to a seven-game victory over the New York Yankees in the 2001 World Series. Others: Suns (none), Cardinals (none), Coyotes (none).

  • The Braves beat the Indians in six games in the 1995 World Series behind MVP Tom Glavine. The Hawks last won a NBA championship in 1958, but the franchise was in St. Louis at the time. Others: Falcons (none).

  • Led by Patrick Roy, the Canadiens won the 1993 Stanley Cup finals against Los Angeles in five games. It's the last time a team from Canada has won the Stanley Cup.

  • Kirby Puckett and Jack Morris led the Twins past the Braves in the 1991 World Series, which went seven games. Others: Vikings (none), Timberwolves (none), Wild (none).

  • Barry Larkin, Jose Rijo and the Reds pulled off a 4-0 sweep of the Oakland Athletics in the 1990 World Series. That gave the Reds their fifth World Series championship. Others: Bengals (none).

  • Mark Messier and Craig MacTavish led the Oilers to a 4-1 series win over the Boston Bruins in the 1990 Stanley Cup finals. That closed a decade where Edmonton won five Stanley Cup championships.

  • Calgary (1989). The Flames beat the Canadiens in six games to win the 1989 Stanley Cup finals.

    Portland (1977). The Trail Blazers won their only NBA title behind Bill Walton to beat the 76ers in six games.

    Buffalo (1965). The Bills won back-to-back AFL titles in 1964-65, but Jim Kelly and Co. lost four Super Bowls and the Sabres have never won the Stanley Cup.

    San Diego (1963). The Chargers, now in Los Angeles, won a AFL title in 1963. The Padres lost the World Series in 1984 and 1998.

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