List of professional sports leagues

List of professional sports leagues

A sports league is a professional body that governs the competition of its teams. They make the rules for competition and behavior and disciplines its members as necessary. This is done through a structure that varies by league. Some are made up of a board of governors that have a Commissioner or President, while others are single entity organizations where the league owns the franchises and therefore does not have a board of governors.

A list of professional sports leagues:

This list attempts to show those sports leagues for which all players and teams are paid to play. In other words, these players can be considered to play their chosen sport as their profession. Some leagues don't pay well enough to allow players to use them as their primary or only source of income, but because the players are paid, it's still considered professional, or semi-professional. As such, some leagues listed here may not be fully professional.

Contents

  • Auto racing 1
  • Badminton 2
  • Bandy 3
  • Baseball 4
    • Americas 4.1
    • Asia 4.2
    • Australia 4.3
    • Europe 4.4
  • Basketball 5
  • Boxing 6
  • Bowling 7
  • Cricket 8
    • Africa 8.1
    • Americas 8.2
    • Asia 8.3
    • Europe 8.4
    • Oceania 8.5
  • Cycling 9
  • Gridiron football: American football 10
  • Football: Association Football 11
  • Football: Australian rules football 12
  • Football: Futsal 13
  • Fencing 14
  • Golf 15
    • Men's 15.1
      • Top-level tours 15.1.1
      • Senior tours 15.1.2
      • Developmental tours 15.1.3
    • Women's 15.2
      • Top-level tours 15.2.1
      • Senior tours 15.2.2
      • Developmental tours 15.2.3
  • Ice hockey 16
  • Inline hockey 17
  • Lacrosse 18
    • Box / Indoor lacrosse 18.1
    • Field lacrosse 18.2
  • Mixed martial arts 19
  • Motorcycle racing 20
  • Speedway 21
  • Rugby league 22
  • Rugby union 23
  • Softball 24
  • Team Handball 25
  • Tennis 26
  • Track and field 27
  • Ultimate 28
  • Video Gaming/Electronic sports 29
    • Asia 29.1
  • Volleyball 30
  • Water polo 31
  • Wrestling 32
  • See also 33
  • References 34
  • External links 35

Auto racing

Badminton

 United States

 India

Bandy

 Finland

 Russia

 Sweden

Baseball

Americas

 United States and  Canada

 Colombia

 Dominican Republic

 Mexico

 Nicaragua

 Panama

 Puerto Rico

 Venezuela

Asia

Australia

 Australia

Europe

 Italy

 Netherlands

Basketball

Boxing

Major Promotions:

Major Sanctioning Bodies:

  • World Boxing Organization (WBO)

Bowling

Cricket

Africa

Americas

West Indies

Asia

Europe

Oceania

Cycling

 United States

International

Gridiron football: American football

 United States

 Canada

 Japan

 Germany

Football: Association Football

Football: Australian rules football

Football: Futsal

 Argentina

 Brazil

 Indonesia

 Iran

 Italy

 Kyrgyzstan

 Japan

 South Korea

 Portugal

 Spain

 Russia

 Turkey

 Uzbekistan

Fencing

American Fencing League Official Website

Golf

See main article: Professional golf tours.

Men's

Top-level tours

Senior tours

Developmental tours

Women's

Top-level tours

Senior tours

Developmental tours

  • Symetra Tour (second-tier US tour, operated by the LPGA)
  • Ladies European Tour Access Series, LETAS, the official feeder tour to the Ladies European Tour, has been formed to give players not part of a major tour an opportunity to compete and progress on to the Ladies European Tour.
  • Step Up Tour (second-tier Japanese tour, operated by the LPGA of Japan)
  • SAS Masters Tour (women's version is a second-tier tour in Sweden, feeding to the Ladies European Tour)

Ice hockey

Americas

 Canada and  United States

 United States only

Asia

 Japan,  South Korea, and  China

 Kazakhstan

Eurasia

 Russia,  Belarus,  Croatia,  Finland,  Kazakhstan,  Latvia,  Slovakia and  Ukraine

 Russia only

 Turkey

Europe

 Austria,  Slovenia,  Hungary,  Czech Republic and  Italy

 Belarus

 Czech Republic

 Denmark

 France

 Finland

 Germany

 Hungary and  Romania

 Italy

 Latvia

 Lithuania

 Netherlands and  Belgium

 Norway

 Poland

 Slovakia

  Switzerland

 Sweden

 Ukraine

 United Kingdom ( England,  Scotland,  Wales and  Northern Ireland)

Oceania

 Australia

Inline hockey

Lacrosse

Box / Indoor lacrosse

 United States and  Canada

Field lacrosse

Mixed martial arts

Motorcycle racing

Speedway

Rugby league

 Australia

 France

 England

 Lebanon

 New Zealand

 Papua New Guinea

 Russia

 United States

 Netherlands Antilles

  • Antilles National Rugby League

Rugby union

 Argentina

 Australia

 England

 France

 Italy

Ireland

 Japan

 New Zealand

  • Super Rugby
  • ITM Cup (split into two divisions in 2011, but both remain fully professional)

 Russia

 Scotland

 South Africa

 Spain

 United States

 Wales

Softball

 United States

 United Kingdom:

Team Handball

Tennis

Track and field

IAAF Diamond League Official Website

Ultimate

 United States

Video Gaming/Electronic sports

 United States

Asia

 South Korea

Volleyball

Water polo

Wrestling

See also

References

  1. ^ Brown, Wendy (17 July 2012). "Soldiers share football skills with German semi-pro team".  
  2. ^ mll.com

External links

  • North American Pro Sports Teams - Lists every league that has operated in Canada and the United States. Grouped by city.