Exhibition game

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An exhibition game (also known as a friendly, a scrimmage, a demonstration, a preseason game, a warmup match, or a preparation match, depending at least in part on the sport) is a sporting event whose prize money and impact on the player's or the team's rankings is either zero or otherwise greatly reduced.wikipedia
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All-star game

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Several sports leagues hold all-star games to showcase their best players against each other, while other exhibitions games may pit participants from two different leagues or countries to unofficially determine who would be the best in the world.
An all-star game is an exhibition game that purports to showcase the best players (the "stars") of a sports league.

English Football League

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However, since the development of The Football League in England in 1888, league tournaments became established, in addition to lengthy derby and cup tournaments.
As more and more clubs became professional the ad-hoc fixture list of FA Cup, inter-county, and ordinary matches was seen by many as an unreliable stream of revenue, and ways were considered of ensuring a consistent income.

Substitute (association football)

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In 2004, FIFA ruled that substitutions by a team be limited to six per match in international friendlies in response to criticism that such matches were becoming increasingly farcical with managers making as many as 11 substitutions per match.
Most competitions only allow each team to make a maximum of three substitutions during a game and a fourth substitute during extra time, although more substitutions are often permitted in non-competitive fixtures such as friendlies.

Season (sports)

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In team sports, matches of this type are often used to help coaches and managers select and condition players for the competitive matches of a league season or tournament. Under the 1995–2004 National Hockey League collective bargaining agreement, teams were limited to nine preseason games.
In association football, many clubs tour and then they have a series of exhibition games for training purposes.

Spring training

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The Major League Baseball's preseason is also known as spring training.
Exhibition games usually begin in late February.

Interleague play

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Several MLB teams used to play regular exhibition games during the year against nearby teams in the other major league, but regular-season interleague play has made such games unnecessary.
Prior to that, matchups between AL teams and NL teams occurred only during spring training, the All-Star Game, other exhibition games (such as the Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown, New York), and the World Series.

Testimonial match

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A one-off match for charitable fundraising, usually involving one or two all-star teams, or a match held in honor of a player for contribution to his/her club, may also be described as exhibition matches but they are normally referred to as charity matches and testimonial matches respectively.
In addition to many exhibition matches which have been organised to raise funds for good causes, often in the style of an all-star game (such as annual Soccer Aid and Match Against Poverty events), some similar matches have been arranged to honour a particular player at the end of their career, with the proceeds going to charity – examples being Gheorghe Hagi and Tomáš Rosický – but these are not testimonials as they are not organised by a club.

Manon Rhéaume

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In 1992, goaltender Manon Rhéaume played in a preseason game for the Tampa Bay Lightning, becoming the first woman to suit up for an all-male pro sports team in North America.
She played one period in an exhibition game against the St. Louis Blues, allowing two goals on nine shots, and played in another exhibition game against the Boston Bruins in 1993.

Harlem Globetrotters

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In the early days of the NBA, league clubs sometimes challenged the legendary barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, with mixed success.
The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team.

Barnstorm (sports)

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In the early days of the NBA, league clubs sometimes challenged the legendary barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, with mixed success.
In athletics terminology, barnstorming refers to sports teams or individual athletes that travel to various locations, usually small towns, to stage exhibition matches.

Doubleday Field

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Another exhibition game, the Hall of Fame Game/Classic which was played in Cooperstown, New York on the weekend of inductions to the Baseball Hall of Fame, was also ended in 2008 due to interleague play and teams playing only substitutes.
Each year from 1940 to 2008, Doubleday Field hosted the Hall of Fame Game, an exhibition game between two major league squads.

NBA All-Star Game

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The annual NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition game.
The National Basketball Association All-Star Game is a basketball exhibition game hosted every February by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and showcases 24 of the league's star players.

National Hockey League

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Under the 1995–2004 National Hockey League collective bargaining agreement, teams were limited to nine preseason games.
Full training camps begin in mid-to-late September, including a preseason consisting of six to eight exhibition games.

Flying Fathers

The Flying Fathers, a Canadian group of Catholic priests, regularly toured North America playing exhibition hockey games for charity.
The Flying Fathers are a group of Canadian Roman Catholic priests who regularly tour North America as a hockey team, playing exhibition games against local teams to raise money for charities.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Game

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The National Football League teams play four preseason games a year, two at home and two away, with the exception of two teams each year who play a fifth game, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is an annual National Football League (NFL) exhibition game that is held the weekend of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's induction ceremonies.

Les Costello

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One of the organization's founders, Les Costello, was a onetime NHL player who was ordained as a priest after retiring from professional hockey.
In 1963, Costello and colleague Brian McKee founded the Flying Fathers, a group of Catholic priests who played exhibition hockey.

Exhibition fight

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Exhibition fights were once common in boxing.
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1992–93 NHL season

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In 1992, goaltender Manon Rhéaume played in a preseason game for the Tampa Bay Lightning, becoming the first woman to suit up for an all-male pro sports team in North America.

National Football League

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The National Football League teams play four preseason games a year, two at home and two away, with the exception of two teams each year who play a fifth game, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.
Effectively a third-place game, pitting the two conference runners-up against each other, the league considers Playoff Bowls to have been exhibitions rather than playoff games.

High school football

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High school football teams frequently participate in controlled scrimmages with other teams during preseason practice, but full exhibition games are rare because of league rules and concerns about finances, travel and player injuries, along with enrollments not being registered until the early part of August in most school districts under the traditional September–June academic term.
Some states allow seven on seven scrimmages, while others prohibit formal practices during most of the summer.

NASCAR Cup Series

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The NASCAR Cup Series holds two exhibition events annually – the Advance Auto Parts Clash, held at Daytona International Speedway at the start of the season, and the All-Star Race, held at Charlotte Motor Speedway midway through the season.
Since 1982, the Daytona 500 has been the first non-exhibition race of the year.

Marlboro Challenge

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Other historical examples of non-championship races include the Marlboro Challenge in IndyCar racing and the TOCA Touring Car Shootout in the British Touring Car Championship.
The race was considered a non-points exhibition race, and did not count towards championship standings or official statistics.

Arena Football League

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The Arena Football League briefly had a two-game exhibition season in the early 2000s, a practice that ended in 2003 with a new television contract.
The practice of playing one or two preseason exhibition games by each team before the start of the regular season was discontinued when the NBC contract was initiated, and the regular season was extended from 14 games during the 1996 to 2000 seasons to 16 from 2001 to 2010.

Sport

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An exhibition game (also known as a friendly, a scrimmage, a demonstration, a preseason game, a warmup match, or a preparation match, depending at least in part on the sport) is a sporting event whose prize money and impact on the player's or the team's rankings is either zero or otherwise greatly reduced.

Charitable organization

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An exhibition game may also be used to settle a challenge, to provide professional entertainment, to promote the sport, to commemorate an anniversary or a famous player, or to raise money for charities.