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10 Facts About Sports in New York City

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Sports in New York City have a long and distinguished history.

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New York City is home to the headquarters of the National Football League, the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, Minor league baseball, women's national soccer league, and Major League Soccer.

The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league currently comprising 30 teams – 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada – with a 31st team in Las Vegas scheduled to begin play in the 2017–18 season.

The National Basketball Association 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.

The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.

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The New York metropolitan area is one of only two cities in the United States with more than one team in each of the four major professional sports leagues, with nine such franchises.

The New York metropolitan area, also referred to as the Tri-State Area, includes the most populous city in the United States ; Long Island and the Mid- and Lower Hudson Valley in the state of New York; the five largest cities in New Jersey and their vicinities; six of the seven largest cities in Connecticut and their vicinities; and five counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Counting these along with its two teams in Major League Soccer, New York has a total of eleven sports teams in the five most important professional sports leagues in the United States.

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In addition, Queens is host of tennis' US Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

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The New York City Marathon is the world's largest, and the 2004–2006 runnings hold the top three places in the marathons with the largest number of finishers, including 37,866 finishers in 2006.

The New York City Marathon is an annual marathon that courses through the five boroughs of New York City.

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The Millrose Games is an annual track and field meet whose featured event is the Wanamaker Mile.

The Wanamaker Mile is an indoor mile race held annually at the Millrose Games in New York City.

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Boxing is also a very prominent part of the city's sporting scene, with events like the Amateur Boxing Golden Gloves being held at Madison Square Garden each year.

Madison Square is a public square formed by the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

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New York City was also the host of parts of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, and the 1998 Goodwill Games.

The Goodwill Games was an international sports competition created by Ted Turner in reaction to the political troubles surrounding the Olympic Games of the 1980s.

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The city also hosted the 1984 Summer Paralympics.

The 1984 International Games for the Disabled, canonically the 1984 Summer Paralympics were the seventh Paralympic Games to be held.

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