Sports league

Sports league

A sports league is an organization that exists to provide a regulated competition for a number of people to compete in a specific sport. 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.

"League" is generally used to refer to competitions involving team sports, not individual sports. Sometimes a number of leagues are tied together in a hierarchical fashion; the best teams of one league may move to a higher league and the worst teams of a higher league may move to a lower league. This is called a league system and is most common in European and Latin American countries in sports such as football (soccer) (although it is not limited to soccer. A league may be split into smaller groups, often called conferences or divisions; teams then compete to be the best in their division and/or conference while also trying to be the best in the league.

A league championship may be contested in a number of ways. Each team may play every other team a certain number of times--usually, teams play an even number of games or matches at their own stadium and on the road, because home field advantage is a major factor in many sports. In such a set-up, the team with the best record becomes champion--based on either a strict win-loss-tie system or on a points system where a certain number of points are awarded for a win, loss, or tie, while bonus points might also be added for teams meeting various criteria. In addition to this system, many leagues rely on playoffs. Teams compete in a regular season as they would in a simple league format, but the top teams (possibly determined by conference or division) advance to the playoffs. In these leagues having the best regular season record is relatively unimportant, though top-seeded teams in some leagues, such as the NFL, can gain byes to later rounds of the playoffs, and teams finishing with the best records usually have the advantage of playing the weakest teams that have advanced to the playoffs.

ee also

*List of professional sports leagues
*League club
*League system
*Major North American professional sports leagues
*Promotion and relegation
*Group tournaments
*List of college athletic conferences
*List of defunct sports leagues
*List of developmental and minor sports leagues
*List of sports attendance figures

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Professional sports league organization — Professional sports leagues are organized in numerous ways. The most common are those in the North American mode and those in the European mode. Generally, the North American structure is characterized by its use of franchises and closed… …   Wikipedia

  • Electronic Sports League — Die Electronic Sports League (ESL, ehemals ESPL) ist eine E Sport Liga. Sie ging aus der 1997 gegründeten Deutschen Clanliga (DeCL) hervor und ist damit die älteste Liga ihrer Art. Darüber hinaus ist sie heute mit über 3.000.000 registrierten… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Electronic Sports League — Официальный логотип ESL Electronic Sports League (дословно рус. Электронная спортивная лига; ESL; ранее ESPL)  европейск …   Википедия

  • Electronic Sports League — L’Electronic Sports League, Ligue de sport électronique en français (ESL, avant ESPL) est une ligue pour les joueurs de sport électronique. Fondée en 1997 sous le nom de Deutsche Clanliga DeCL, Ligue de Clan Allemande, elle est la ligue la plus… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Central Committee of the Lithuanian Sports League — Lietuvos sporto lygos centro komitetas statusas T sritis Kūno kultūra ir sportas apibrėžtis Vyriausiasis lygos vykdomasis organas. Veikė 1922–1932 m. Lietuvos sporto lygos centro komitetas buvo renkamas visuotiniame lygos narių suvažiavime… …   Sporto terminų žodynas

  • Lithuanian Sports League — Lietuvos sporto lyga statusas T sritis Kūno kultūra ir sportas apibrėžtis Aukščiausia kūno kultūros ir sporto institucija Lietuvoje. Lietuvos sporto lyga atstovavo Lietuvai, tvarkė kūno kultūros ir sporto reikalus tarptautinėse organizacijose. Ją …   Sporto terminų žodynas

  • Sports law — is an umbrella term used to describe the legal issues at work in the world of both amateur and professional sports. Sports law overlaps substantially with labor law, contract law, antitrust law, and tort law. Issues like defamation and privacy… …   Wikipedia

  • Sports betting — is the activity of predicting sports results and placing a wager on the outcome. Contents 1 Types of bets 1.1 United States of America 2 Bookmaking 3 Odds …   Wikipedia

  • League — (l[=e]g), n. [F. ligue, LL. liga, fr. L. ligare to bind; cf. Sp. liga. Cf. {Ally} a confederate, {Ligature}.] 1. An alliance or combination of two or more nations, parties, organizations, or persons, for the accomplishment of a purpose which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • League — may refer to: League (unit), obsolete unit of length of an hour s walk, usually equal to three miles Roman league, one of the ancient Roman units of measurement, approximately 1.5 miles Rugby league a full contact football code National Rugby… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.