Sports league

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A sports league is a group of sports teams that compete against each other in a specific sport.wikipedia
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A sports league is a group of sports teams that compete against each other in a specific sport.
Many sports leagues make an annual champion by arranging games in a regular sports season, followed in some cases by playoffs.

Professional sports league organization

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At its simplest, it may be a local group of amateur athletes who form teams among themselves and compete on weekends; at its most complex, it can be an international professional league making large amounts of money and involving dozens of teams and thousands of players.
Professional sports leagues are organized in numerous ways.

National Basketball Association

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In many cases, organizations that function as leagues are described using a different term, such as association, conference, division, leaderboard, or series. Both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL) are divided into Eastern and Western Conferences.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league in North America, composed of 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada).

Promotion and relegation

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Many groups use promotion and relegation, where the best-ranked team(s) in the lower division are promoted to the higher division for the next season, and the worst-ranked team(s) in the higher division are relegated to the lower division for the next season.
In sports leagues, promotion and relegation is a process where teams are transferred between multiple divisions based on their performance for the completed season.

Division (sport)

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In many cases, organizations that function as leagues are described using a different term, such as association, conference, division, leaderboard, or series. Many groups use promotion and relegation, where the best-ranked team(s) in the lower division are promoted to the higher division for the next season, and the worst-ranked team(s) in the higher division are relegated to the lower division for the next season.
In North America, where sports usually operate on a [[Professional sports league organization#Structure of North American leagues (Franchise and minor league system)|franchise system]] rather than a league system, a division is a group of teams within a league which is organized along geographical lines rather than competitive success.

League system

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Under this system, the term "league" may be used to refer both to a league system, a group of leagues that are tied together in a hierarchical fashion by promotion and relegation, and to the individual leagues within the league system.
A league system is a hierarchy of leagues in a sport.

Minor league

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There is no team movement between the higher major league and the lower minor leagues.
Minor leagues are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports.

Major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada

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There is no team movement between the higher major league and the lower minor leagues.
The National Football League is a professional American football league and was founded in 1920 as a combination of various teams from regional leagues such as the Ohio League, the New York Pro Football League, and the Chicago circuit.

National Hockey League

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Both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL) are divided into Eastern and Western Conferences.
The National Hockey League (NHL; Ligue nationale de hockey—LNH) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada.

Playoffs

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Many leagues also use playoffs, where after teams compete in a regular season in a league format, the top teams (possibly determined by conference or division) advance to the playoffs.
The playoffs, play-offs, postseason and/or finals of a sports league are a competition played after the regular season by the top competitors to determine the league champion or a similar accolade.

National Football League

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For example, the National Football League (NFL) is divided into the National Football Conference and American Football Conference; the latter conference was formed largely from the remnants of the American Football League after it merged with the NFL, though it now contains three original NFL teams and three expansion teams.
The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC).

Athletic conference

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In many cases, organizations that function as leagues are described using a different term, such as association, conference, division, leaderboard, or series.

Independent baseball league

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Independent baseball is used similarly in the United States to describe baseball teams that play in leagues other than those sanctioned by Major League Baseball.
The Northern League and Frontier League both started play in 1993, and the Northern League's success paved the way for other independent leagues like the Texas-Louisiana League and Northeast League.

List of professional sports leagues

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A sports league is a professional body that governs the competition of its teams.

Beer league

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While the pub league (British English) is a form of sports league actually primarily funded by sponsorships from pubs, taverns and bars.

Sports team

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A sports league is a group of sports teams that compete against each other in a specific sport.

Amateur sports

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At its simplest, it may be a local group of amateur athletes who form teams among themselves and compete on weekends; at its most complex, it can be an international professional league making large amounts of money and involving dozens of teams and thousands of players.

Standings

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In many cases, organizations that function as leagues are described using a different term, such as association, conference, division, leaderboard, or series.

Playoff format

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In many cases, organizations that function as leagues are described using a different term, such as association, conference, division, leaderboard, or series.

Golf

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This is especially common in individual sports, although the term "league" is sometimes used in amateur individual sports such as golf.

UEFA Champions League

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The term "league" is also sometimes applied to competitions that would more traditionally be called tournaments, such as the UEFA Champions League, which is organized with multiple small round-robin competitions followed by a single elimination tournament to choose an overall winner.

Football in England

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For example, in English association football, the English Football League (EFL) is a league system, while the term "National League" refers both to the league immediately below the EFL in the English pyramid and to its associated league system.

English Football League

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For example, in English association football, the English Football League (EFL) is a league system, while the term "National League" refers both to the league immediately below the EFL in the English pyramid and to its associated league system.