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Encyclopedia > Minor league

Minor leagues in the sense intended in this article are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports. Minor league teams tend to play in smaller, less elaborate venues, often competing in smaller cities. This term is used in North America with regard to several organizations competing in various sports. They're also considered to be less popular, and have smaller budgets. They sometimes merge with the premier leagues. World map showing location of North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is the third largest continent in area and in population after Eurasia and Africa. ... Merge, merging, or merger can have several different meanings: In business and economics, a merger is the combination of two companies into one larger company In computer science, either: the merge algorithm which combines two or more sorted lists into a single sorted one the merge sort, a sort algorithm...

The most famous minor league organization is in baseball. Minor league baseball is almost as old as the professional game itself, and at first consisted of attempts to play baseball in smaller cities and towns independent of the National League, the first true major baseball league. Soon, scouts for the National League were travelling to watch minor league teams play and attempting to sign the more talented ones away. Some sports historians cite the connection between the other major league, the American League and its minor league forebear, the Western Association. Soon Major League Baseball began formal developmental agreements with some minor league teams, while others remained independent. The most prominent independent minor baseball league today is probably the Northern League. A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium in Saint Louis, Missouri. ... Part of the History of baseball series. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... Professional sports scouts are trained talent evaluators who travel extensively for the purposes of watching athletes play their chosen sports and determining whether their set of skills and talents represent what is needed by the scouts organization. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ... The Northern League is an Independent minor league baseball league which operates in the Midwestern United States and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Alberta. ...

Baseball is not the only sport with minor leagues. In fact all of the prominent team sports have them. The sport with the next most extensive system of minor leagues other than baseball is ice hockey. The American Hockey League is the most prominent of these, with most NHL teams having a "farm" team in the AHL where they develop young players and occasionally rehabilitate older players who are injured or whose quality of play has slumped. These teams in turn have lower-level minor leagues to draw players from and pass players down to. Junior and Senior hockey leagues are similar, but not exactly equivalent, to minor leagues due to their age and experience restrictions. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The American Hockey League (AHL) became the major affiliation league for the National Hockey League upon its amalgamation with the International Hockey League in 2001. ... This article is part of the Evolution of the NHL series. ... The American Hockey League (AHL) became the major affiliation league for the National Hockey League upon its amalgamation with the International Hockey League in 2001. ... Junior is: A student in the third year and above of high school or college, see high school junior A child A low-level position The younger of two people in the same family with the exact same name (e. ... Senior is: An advanced adult A high-level position The older of two people of the same family with the exact same name, often a parent (for example, Ken Griffey, Sr. ...

The National Basketball Association has an affiliated minor league, the National Basketball Development League. Additionally, the Continental Basketball Association has served some of the purposes of a minor league for the NBA for many years. However, there are no direct developmental agreements between CBA and NBA teams the way that there are between Major League Baseball and National Hockey League teams and their minor league affiliates. NBA logo The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The National Basketball Development League is the NBAs officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... The Continental Basketball Association is a professional mens basketball league in the United States. ...

While there are various semi-professional football leagues, none have any affiliation with the National Football League. Its only "official" developmental minor league is NFL Europe. Many consider the Arena Football League to be a minor league, but this is not exactly the case. While the NFL now allows its owners also to own Arena teams, the games are considerably different, and the AFL has aspirations to be a major league in its right, and has its own minor league, af2. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most popular professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities. ... NFL Europe was originally founded in the spring of 1991 as the World League of American Football. ... The Arena Football League was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... AF2 is the name of the Arena Football Leagues minor league, which started play in 2000. ...

Other sports organizations considered to be minor leagues are the golf Nationwide Tour, affiliated with the PGA Tour, NASCAR's Busch Series and various other affilated satellite tours of other individual sports. The Nationwide Tour is the developmental tour for the PGA TOUR, and features professional golfers who have either failed to score well enough at that levels Qualifying School (the main tours qualifying tournament, popularly referred to as Q-School) or who have done so but then failed to... The PGA Tour is an organization which is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. It operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... Drivers practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division, and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel Cup. ...

See also: List of developmental and minor sports leagues North America Basketball American Basketball Association (2000-) Continental Basketball Association (1946- United States Basketball League (1985- National Basketball Development League National Alliance of Basketball Leagues Baseball minor league baseball American football NFL Europe(1991- Arena Football League AF2 National Indoor Football League Ice Hockey American Hockey League Canadian Hockey League...

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Minor league baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3399 words)
Minor league baseball also goes by the nickname the "farm system," "farm club," or "farm team(s)," because of a joke passed around by major league players in the 1930s when St.
Minor league players not on the 40 Man Roster are under contract to their parent major league baseball club, but have no union.
Leagues in the NA would not be truly called "minor" until Branch Rickey developed the first modern "farm system" in the 1930s.
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