A Statistical Ranking of the Top Ten Professional Sports Teams of All Time
Ever wonder who would win a fantasy game between your two favorite teams from the same professional league? How about any two teams from different professional leagues? In different years? The simplest and most common way to decide is to crown the winner as the team with the highest winning percentage. However, this approach doesn’t address differences such as the number of teams, number of games played, and the way points are scored. In this presentation, we propose a methodology that enables comparison of any two teams from any two professional leagues in any two years while accounting for variation in the competitive landscape. And we answer the age-old question, “What are the top ten sports teams of all time?”
This material is based on research by David Burn, Ph.D. and Stanley Rothman, Ph.D, both Professors of Mathematics and Statistics at Quinnipiac University.