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The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual singing competition held in Europe first held in 1956. It is open to any country that is a member of the European Broadcasting Union and each country submits one song to be performed on live television. These countries also vote for a winner and each country awards points (1-8, 10 and 12) for their favorite act (excluding their own act). Currently, the final votes are determined by a 50-50 combination of public votes via the telephone or SMS and a panel of music experts. These votes are delivered by presenters on live television and once this is completed the act with the most votes is officially crowned the Eurovision Song Contest winner.
The FIFA World Cup is the premiere international football (soccer) tournament in the world. Over 200 teams (countries) attempt to qualify for the 32 spots in the finals. It has been held every 4 years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, apart from 1942 and 1946 due to WWII. Let’s take a look at who won the very first tournament.
The Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, are the premiere awards for professionals in the film industry. The Academy Awards is the oldest award ceremony in the media and many other awards ceremonies have been modeled on them. They are usually held in March or February and present awards for films released in the previous year. The Oscars are televised to over 200 countries and constantly draw high ratings. Although much of the attention goes on the nest picture, best actor and best actress awards, Oscars are awarded in many categories. The Academy Award for Best Director is the most sort after award for any director.
The World Series is the championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB). The world series is contested by the champions from the two MLB circuits (American and National Leagues). It consists of a best-of-seven playoff, which decides the World Series Champions. Despite the name, the World Series is not open to teams from around the world. The modern World Series began in 1903 and has been held every year since this time, apart from 1904 and 1994.
Wimbledon, also called The Championships, is the oldest tennis tournament in the history of the sport. It is held in the London suburb of Wimbledon (where it gets its name) at the All England Club. It started in 1877 and has been played every year since apart from during both World Wars. It opened to professional tennis players in 1968. It is still considered to be one of, if not, the most important tournaments in the world and is one of four Grand Slam (major) tennis tournaments. It is the last Grand Slam tournament played on the traditional tennis surface of grass. If you have ever wondered who has won the most Wimbledon finals, read on to find out.
The National Basketball Association (NBA), is a professional basketball league made up of 30 teams based in the United States (29 teams) and Canada (1 team). It is made up of 2 conferences, each having 3 divisions with 5 teams each. The NBA Playoffs consist of 8 teams from each division (the 3 division champions from each conference along with the team with the next best record). The best 2 teams reach the NBA Finals, where the NBA Championship is decided. The NBA began in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and changed its name in 1949 after merging with the National Basketball League. This means that there is some debate over which team was actually the first NBA Champions.
The World Series is an annual baseball competition that is held in America. It is the championship series of Major League Baseball and is held at the end of the postseason in October. It is played between the winners of the two Major League Baseball circuits, the National League and the American League. This championship has been played every year since its beginning in 1903 with the exception of two years due to a boycott and a player strike. The World Series consists of 7 play-off games and the team who wins the most games is awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy. The New York Yankees have won the most world series of any of the Major League Baseball clubs.
The Olympics are an international sporting event that allows the top athletes in the world a chance to compete against one another on the world stage. There is both the summer and winter Olympics which cater for different sports. They are currently held every two years alternating between the summer and winter games. The last Summer Olympics were held in Beijing, China in 2008. The last winter Olympics were held in Vancouver, Canada in 2010. The Olympics offers the host country a chance to showcase itself to the world. Countries work hard to try and gain the title of the best Olympic Games ever. The athletes compete against each other in the hopes of winning an Olympic gold medal and bringing honor to their home country. Winning a gold medal at the Olympics demonstrates that they are the best in the world at a particular sport.
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the NFL when the best teams from the AFC and NFC compete for the ultimate prize. The first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967 after the merger between the NFL and AFL. But who has won the most Super Bowls? This post will tell you which team holds the record for most Super Bowl wins!
The Women’s National Basketball Association (or WNBA) is the premier women’s basketball competition in the world. At one time, the NBA owned all the teams that competed in the WNBA. Now, teams are becoming independently owned. The league had its first season in 1997. But who won the first WNBA Championship? This post will answer that question!