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Wimbledon Grand Slam Tournament - The Oldest Tennis Tournament in the World


Wimbledon Championship - The Grass Court Grand Slam of the year
The Wimbledon Tennis tournament is the one of the oldest tennis tournament. It is the most prestigious tournament is the Tennis history and has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments of the year, and the only one still played on the game's original surface, grass, which gave the game of lawn tennis its name. It is the only Grand Slam event not to have a fixed date, takes place over two weeks in late June and early July. Today, Wimbledon boasts the most talented players in the world and annual attendances of over 450,000 people. The first Wimbledon event was staged in 1877 by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, to raise money for a new roller. The competition had only 22 male participants. It wasn't until 1884 that the Ladies' Singles and Men's Doubles was introduced.


But it is not just the calibre of players which makes the Wimbledon Championships so special, but also their rich history. For a professional tennis player, winning Wimbledon is the pinnacle of any career. Wimbledon traditions include the eating of strawberries and cream, drinking Pimms spritzers, royal patronage, and a strict dress code generally white dress for players.

NFL - The most popular Football Professional League in World



NFL - The Most Popular Professional National Football League of America

The National Football League commonly known as NFL is the largest and longest long-term professional football league in the World. It is only played in the American soul. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association (the league changed the name to the National Football League in 1922). The league currently consists of 32 teams from the USA. The league is divided evenly into two conferences — the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC), and each conference has four divisions that have 4 teams each. The team that wins the the AFC championship faces the winner of the NFC championship in the Super Bowl at the end of each season.







NFL - The most popular sports in America



While baseball is known as "America's national pastime," football, in the eyes of many, is the most popular sport in the United States. According to the Harris Poll, Professional Football moved ahead of baseball as the fans' favorite in 1965, during the emergence of the NFL's challenger, the American Football League, as a major Professional Football league. Football has remained America's favorite sport ever since. In a Harris Poll conducted in 2008, the NFL was the favorite sport of as many people (30%) as the combined total of the next three professional sports--baseball (15%), auto racing (10%), and hockey (5%). Additionally, football's American TV viewership ratings now surpass those of other sports, although football season comprises far fewer games than the seasons of other sports. Furthermore, college football is actually the third-most popular sport in the US, with 12% of survey respondents listing it as their favorite. Therefore, fully 42% of Americans consider some level of football their favorite sport. The total percentage of Americans who liked or loved NFL Football exceeds 60% of the American Public.



The NFL has the highest per-game attendance of any domestic professional sports league in the world, drawing over 67,000 spectators per game for each of its two most recently completed seasons, 2006 and 2007.





NFL Season structure



Since 2002, The NFL season features the following schedule:

* a 4-game exhibition season (or preseason) running from early August to early September;

* a 16-game, 17-week regular season running from September to December or early January; and

* a 12-team playoff tournament beginning in January, culminating in the Super Bowl in early February.



Traditionally, American High school football games are played on Friday, American College football games are played on Saturday, and most NFL games are played on Sunday. Because the NFL season is longer than the college football season, the NFL schedules Saturday games and Saturday playoff games outside the college football season. The ABC Television network added Monday Night Football in 1970, and Thursday night NFL games were added in the 1980s. Now these days there is a now style of sports equipment is gaining rapid popularity called cross bow.



NFL Exhibition season

Following mini-camps in the spring and officially recognized Training Camp in July-August, NFL teams typically play four exhibition games from early August through early September. Each team hosts two games of the four. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game and American Bowl are held at neutral sites, so the four teams in those games play five exhibition games.





The games are useful for new players who are not used to playing in front of very large crowds. Management often uses the games to evaluate newly-signed players. Veteran starters will generally play only for about a quarter of each game to minimize the risk of injury.





NFL regular season



Following the preseason, each of the 32 teams embark on a 17 week, 16 game schedule, with the extra week consisting of a bye to allow teams a rest sometime in the middle of the season. The regular season currently begins the Thursday evening after Labor Day with a primetime "Kickoff Game". According to the current scheduling structure, the season begin is September 10. Each of the 32 teams' schedules are organized in the following way:



* Each team plays the other three teams in its division twice: once at home, and once on the road (six games).

* Each team plays the four teams from another division within its own conference once on a rotating three-year cycle: two at home, and two on the road (four games).

* Each team plays the four teams from a division in the other conference once on a rotating four-year cycle: two at home, and two on the road (four games).

* Each team plays once against the other teams in its conference that finished in the same place in their own divisions as themselves the previous season, not counting the division they were already scheduled to play: one at home, one on the road (two games).





The NFL playoff



The season concludes with a 12-team tournament used to determine the teams to play in the Super Bowl. The tournament brackets are made up of six teams from each of the league's two conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC), following the end of the 16-game regular season:



* The four division champions from each conference (the team in each division with the best regular season won-lost-tied record), which are seeded 1 through 4 based on their regular season won-lost-tied record (tie-breaker rules may apply).

* Two wild card qualifiers from each conference (those non-division champions with the conference's best record, i.e. the best won-lost-tied percentages, with a series of tie-breaking rules in place in the event that there are teams with the same number of wins and losses[17]), which are seeded 5 and 6.




NFL 2015 season schedule

* Aug. 13-17 -- First full Preseason weekend.

* Sept. 1 -- Roster cutdown from 80 to maximum of 75 players.

* Sept. 5 -- Roster cutdown from 75 to maximum of 53 players.

* Sept. 10-14 -- Kickoff 2009 Weekend (Week 1 of regular season)

* Oct. 25 -- International Series game. London, England

* November -- Pro Bowl balloting, flexible scheduling for Sunday Night Football and the NFL Network's night game package all begin.

* Nov. 26 -- Thanksgiving games.

* Jan. 3, 2015 -- End of regular season.

* Jan. 9, 2015 -- Playoffs begin.

* Jan. 24 -- AFC Championship Game and NFC Championship Game.

* Jan. 31 -- Pro Bowl.

* Feb. 7 -- Super Bowl.





The History of NFL

The National Football League was the idea of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe, player-coach of the Canton Bulldogs, and Leo Lyons, owner of the Rochester Jeffersons, a sandlot football team. Both the Jeffersons and the Buffalo All-Stars were barnstorming through Ohio at the time of tournament.





Born of new league

It was not until August 1920, at a Hupmobile dealership in Canton, Ohio, that the league was formalized, originally as the American Professional Football Conference, initially consisting only of the Ohio League teams (though some of the teams declined participation). One month later, the league was renamed the American Professional Football Association, adding Buffalo and Rochester from the New York league, Detroit, Hammond, and several other teams from nearby circuits. The eleven founding teams initially struck an agreement over player poaching and the declaration of an end-of-season champion. Thorpe, while still playing for the Bulldogs, was elected president. Only four of the founding teams finished the 1920 schedule and the undefeated Akron Pros claimed the first championship. Membership of the league increased to 22 teams (including more of the New York teams) in 1921, but throughout the 1920s the membership was unstable and the league was not a major national sport. On June 24, 1922, the organization changed its title a final time to the National Football League.





Early Format of League

Early championships were awarded to the team with the best won-lost record, initially rather haphazardly, as some teams played more or fewer games than others, or scheduled games against non-league, amateur or collegiate teams; this led to the title being decided on a tiebreaker in 1921, a disputed title in 1925, and the scheduling of an impromptu indoor playoff game in 1932. It was not until 1933 that an annual championship game was instituted. By 1934, all of the small-town teams, with the exception of the green bay packers, had moved to or been replaced by teams in big cities, and even Green Bay established a relationship with much larger Milwaukee for support. An annual draft of college players was first held in 1936.



NFL climbing the Top

College football was the bigger attraction, but by the end of World War II, pro football began to rival the college game for fans' attention. Rule changes and innovations such as the T formation led to a faster-paced, higher-scoring game. The league also expanded out of its eastern and midwestern cradle; in 1945, the Cleveland Rams moved to Los Angeles, becoming the first big-league sports franchise on the West Coast (not counting the various teams in ice hockey's PCHA, which was a rival to the NHL in the 1910s and 1920s. In 1950, the NFL accepted three teams from the defunct All-America Football Conference, expanding to thirteen clubs. In the 1950s, with the league broadcast on national television, pro football finally earned its place as a major sport.


2015 French Open Tennis Tournament Tickets, Schedule, Venue, Prize money, players



The French Open Tennis Tournament popular as Roland Garros is one of the oldest and popular Tennis tournaments in around the tennis world. This second Grand Slam Tennis tournament will play in the outdoor clay court in the month of May. The 2015 French Open Tennis Tournament will be the 114th edition of the tournament. It is the second Grand Slam event of the year 2015 after the Australian Open. The 2015 French Open Tennis Tournament will take place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, the capital city of France, from May 24th, 2015 to Jun 7th, 2015 onwards.