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Atlantic Coast Conference
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States of America in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University. – http://www.theacc.com/.
The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 63 tournaments in 30 countries, the ATP Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the ATP Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. – www.atptour.com.
English Premier League
The English Premier League (EPL), founded in 1992, is the top level of the English football league system. The EPL works proactively and constructively with Member Clubs and the other football authorities to improve the quality of football, both in England and across the world. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League. – www.premierleague.com.
Ladies Professional Golf Association
The Ladies Professional Golf Association is one of the longest-running women’s professional sports associations in the world. Founded in 1950, the organization has grown from its roots as a playing tour into a non-profit organization involved in every facet of golf. The LPGA Tour and the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals (T&CP) comprise the backbone of what has become the premier women’s professional sports organization in the world today. The LPGA maintains a strong focus on charity through: its tournaments; its grassroots junior and women’s programs; and the formation of The LPGA Foundation. The LPGA is under the guidance of Commissioner Michael Whan and is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla – www.lpga.com.
Major League Baseball
MLB teams play in the American League (AL) and National League (NL), which operated as separate legal entities from 1901 and 1876 respectively. In 2000, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball. The organization oversees minor league baseball leagues, which operate about 240 teams affiliated with the major-league clubs. With the International Baseball Federation, the league also manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament – www.mlb.com.
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. The MLS was founded in 1996, after the country hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Today the league comprises 23 teams—20 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada. The regular season runs from March to October, with each team playing 34 games. – www.mlssoccer.com.
National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing
Born in 1947, NASCAR has grown to become the premier motorsports organization. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Known for its passionate fan base, one-of-a-kind playoff format (Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup), development of the modern sports sponsorship and commitment to enhancing auto racing through technology, NASCAR produces many of the most highly attended sporting events in the world. NASCAR did not gain the success or popularity it has today overnight. The sport has evolved to entertain its fans and continuously prosper. – www.nascar.com.
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is 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) -www.nba.com.
National Football League
The NFL was formed on August 20, 1920, as the American Professional Football Conference; the league changed its name to the American Professional Football Association (APFA) on September 17, 1920, and changed its name to the National Football League on June 24, 1922, after spending the 1920 and 1921 seasons as the APFA. In 1966, the NFL agreed to merge with the rival American Football League (AFL). Today, the NFL has the highest average attendance (67,591) of any professional sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the United States. The Super Bowl is among the biggest club sporting events in the world and individual Super Bowl games account for many of the most-watched television programs in American history – www.nfl.com
National Rugby League
The Australian Rugby League Commission is the single controlling body and administrator of the Game. The formation of the ARL Commission in February 2012 was an historic opportunity to streamline Rugby League’s governance structures and to provide a single point for all strategic direction.
The 104-years of the Kangaroos, the unrivalled excitement of State of Origin, the professionalism of the sixteen Telstra Premiership teams, the grassroots enthusiasm of more than 480,000 regular competition participants and the unbridled fun and opportunity that comes to the one million more each year who find Rugby League through school clinics, Backyard League and One Community activities are, for the first time, coordinated through the one independent body – www.nrl.com
United States Olympic Committee
The United States Olympic Committee was reorganized by the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, originally enacted in 1978. It is a federally chartered nonprofit corporation and does not receive federal financial support (other than for select Paralympic military programs). Pursuant to the Act, the USOC has the exclusive right to use and authorize the use of Olympic-related marks, images and terminology in the United States. The USOC licenses that right to sponsors as a means of generating revenue in support of its mission. Unlike most other nations, the United States does not have a sports ministry.
The USOC has two primary responsibilities in its oversight of Olympic and Paralympic sport in the United States. The first is to generate resources in support of it mission, which is to help American athletes achieve sustained competitive excellence. The second is to ensure organizational resources are wisely and effectively used to that end. – www. teamusa.org
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