Presentation on theme: "Professional Sports in American Culture. National Football League (NFL) Regular season –Late-August – December –Playoffs in Dec./January Star players."— Presentation transcript:
Professional Sports in American Culture
National Football League (NFL) Regular season –Late-August – December –Playoffs in Dec./January Star players –Peyton Manning, Ladainian Tomlinson Business aspect –32 teams, 2 conferences: AFC & NFC –Contracts are not guaranteed money Most popular teams –Dallas Cowboys: Americas Team ; Oakland Raiders: Bad Boys Championship –Super Bowl, first one in 1966 –First Sunday in February
Major League Baseball Regular season –April – September –Playoffs in October Star players –Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols, Johan Santana Business aspect –National League (16 teams) & American League (14 teams)slightly different rules. –Guaranteed contracts, free agency, waivers, arbitration, salary cap, luxury tax. Most popular teams –New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs Championship –World Series began in 1903 –Last week of October –First to win 4 out of 7 games –Yankees have won 26 times
National Basketball Association (NBA) Regular season –November - April –Playoffs in April/May Star players –LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, Shaquille ONeal Business aspect –30 teams, 2 conferences: Eastern & Western Conferences –Contracts are guaranteed money Most popular teams –Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls [Jordans team] Championship –NBA Championship, Best 4-of-7 –June
National Hockey League (NHL) Regular season –October – April –Playoffs in April/May Star players –Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr Business aspect –30 teams, 2 conferences: Eastern & Western –3 divisions in each conference Most popular teams –Montreal Candiens, Detroit Red Wings Championship –Stanley Cup, 1892 [held in June] –Montreal Canadiens, 24 titles –The cup travels throughout the year [lost in a poker game]
Other pro sports… WNBA: Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon Golf: Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods Soccer: Pele, Freddy Adu, David Beckham Boxing: Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson Tennis: John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert Lloyd Bowling, Arena Football, Lacrosse, etc.