2 National Football League (NFL) Regular seasonLate-August – DecemberPlayoffs in Dec./JanuaryStar playersPeyton Manning, Ladainian TomlinsonBusiness aspect32 teams, 2 conferences: AFC & NFCContracts are not guaranteed moneyMost popular teamsDallas Cowboys: “America’s Team” ; Oakland Raiders: “Bad Boys”ChampionshipSuper Bowl, first one in 1966First Sunday in February
3 Major League Baseball Regular season Star players Business aspect April – SeptemberPlayoffs in OctoberStar playersBarry Bonds, Albert Pujols, Johan SantanaBusiness aspectNational League (16 teams) & American League (14 teams)—slightly different rules.Guaranteed contracts, free agency, waivers, arbitration, salary cap, luxury tax.Most popular teamsNew York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Chicago CubsChampionshipWorld Series began in 1903Last week of OctoberFirst to win 4 out of 7 gamesYankees have won 26 times
4 National Basketball Association (NBA) Regular seasonNovember - AprilPlayoffs in April/MayStar playersLeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’NealBusiness aspect30 teams, 2 conferences: Eastern & Western ConferencesContracts are guaranteed moneyMost popular teamsLos Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls [Jordan’s team]ChampionshipNBA Championship, Best 4-of-7June
5 National Hockey League (NHL) Regular seasonOctober – AprilPlayoffs in April/MayStar playersWayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby OrrBusiness aspect30 teams, 2 conferences: Eastern & Western3 divisions in each conferenceMost popular teamsMontreal Candiens, Detroit Red WingsChampionshipStanley Cup, 1892 [held in June]Montreal Canadiens, 24 titlesThe cup travels throughout the year [lost in a poker game]
6 Other pro sports… WNBA: Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt, Jeff GordonGolf: Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger WoodsSoccer: Pele, Freddy Adu, David BeckhamBoxing: Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike TysonTennis: John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert LloydBowling, Arena Football, Lacrosse, etc.