Sports Team History
Sports Team History takes a look at the history and the logo history of each and every professional sport team to have ever existed. What path did each team travel to get to the city they currently reside? What events transpired to shape a professional sport team into the entity they currently are? What is the evolution of each team’s logo. What changes has their primary and alternate logos been through? How did any given team earn its nickname, how did it end up in a particular stadium or how did they come about their name and mascot? The answer to all of these questions and many more can be found in the databases of Sports Team History. The timeline of every professional sports team to have ever existed is presented from the creation of the team to its current status and everything that happened in between. Sports Team History specifically covers the history and the sports logo of the teams that make up and have made up the Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League or National Hockey League.
Major League Baseball, MLB is a professional baseball league consisting of teams that play in the American League and National League. Dating to 1901 and 1876 respectively the two leagues merged in 2000 into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball, after 100 years as separate legal entities.
MLB constitutes one of the major professional sports leagues of the United States and Canada. It is composed of 30 teams, 29 in the United States and one in Canada. All teams in MLB play 162 games each season over six months from April through September. Five teams in each league advance to a four-round postseason tournament that culminates in the World Series, a best-of-seven-games championship series between the two league champions that dates to 1903.
The National Basketball Association, NBA is the pre-eminent men’s professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world. It has thirty franchised member clubs 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada, and is an active member of USA Basketball, USAB, which is recognized by FIBA also known as the International Basketball Federation as the national governing body for basketball in the United States.
The league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America, BAA. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after absorbing the rival National Basketball League, NBL.
The National Football League is a professional American football league composed of 32 teams divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference. The highest level of professional football in the world, the NFL runs a 17 week regular season from the week after Labor Day to the week after Christmas, with each team playing sixteen games and having one bye week. Out of the league’s 32 teams, six, four division winners and two wild-card teams from each conference compete in the NFL playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, played between the champions of the NFC and AFC. The champions of the Super Bowl are awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Most games are played on Sunday afternoons; some games are also played on Mondays and Thursdays during the regular season. There are games on Saturdays during the last few weeks of the regular season and the first two playoff weekends.
The National Hockey League is an unincorporated not-for-profit association which operates a major professional ice hockey league of 30 franchised member clubs, of which seven are currently located in Canada and 23 in the United States. Headquartered in New York City, the NHL is widely considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.
The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a women’s professional basketball league in the United States. It is currently composed of twelve teams. The league was founded on April 24, 1996 as the women’s counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from May to September with the All Star game being played midway through the season in July and the WNBA Finals at the end of September until the beginning of October.
The Alliance of American Football (AAF) is a proposed professional American football league founded by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian. It is set to commence play in February 2019, one week following the National Football League’s Super Bowl LIII championship game. The AAF consists of eight centrally owned and operated teams, all but one are located in cities on or south of the 35th parallel and all but one in metropolitan areas that have at least one major professional sports franchise.
The original American Basketball Association (ABA) was a men’s professional basketball league, from 1967 to 1976. The ABA ceased to exist with the American Basketball Association–National Basketball Association merger in 1976, leading several teams to join the National Basketball Association and the introduction of the 3-point shot in the NBA.
The United States Football League (USFL) was an American football league that played for three seasons, 1983 through 1985. The league played a spring/summer schedule in each of its active seasons. The 1986 season was scheduled to be played in the autumn/winter, directly competing against the long-established National Football League(NFL). However, the USFL ceased operations before its fourth season (and first fall season) was scheduled to begin.