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A sports team is a group of individuals who play sports, usually team sports, on the same team. Historically, sports teams and the people who play sports have been amateurs. However, by the 20th century, some sports teams and their associated leagues became extremely valuable with net worth in the millions. The Dallas Cowboys are rated by Forbes as the world's most valuable sports team at US$4.2 billion. Some individual sports have modified rules that allow them to be played by teams.
Team identities can be formed from a number of sources, most often a type of geographic location, e.g., the Dallas Cowboys are named after Dallas, Texas, US. Some teams can also be named after an institution, such as the Alabama Crimson Tide, which are supported by and named after the University of Alabama, or the Yomiuri Giants, who are named after the Yomiuri Group, a Japanese media conglomerate.
Playoffs in North American sports
Playoffs in North American sports vary depending on the structure of the league.
MLB: 10 teams make the playoffs, five from the American League, and five from the National League. The two wild cards play in a one-game playoff with the winner making it to the divisional round. The next round is a best of five series. The winners of the divisional series move on to the league championship series and the winners of those advance to the world series. The league championship and world series are best of seven.
NHL/NBA: Both the NBA and NHL are similar in how the playoffs are organized. Both have 16 teams make the playoffs, the eight best teams from each conference the Eastern Conference and Western Conference in the NBA, and the Eastern Conference and Western Conference in the NHL. In the NBA, the eight best teams in each conference make the playoffs seeded 1 to 8. Home-field advantage is determined by regular season record. In the NHL the two divisions have three winners with two additional wild cards in each conference to make up eight total teams in each conference. Every single series is a best of seven, with the two best winners from each conference playing each other in the championship
NFL: NFL Playoffs consist of 14 teams, seven from each conference the American Football Conference and National Football Conference, seeded 1 to 7 based on regular season record. There are 6 wild cards, three in each conference and a winner for each of the four divisions in each conference. The three wild cards seeded five - seven play the two, three and four seeds in a wild card round. Meanwhile the one seed get first round bye. The one seed, and winners of the wild card matchup then go on to play the in the divisional round. The winners of these games go on to play each other in the conference championship and the winner of these games then go on to play in the Super bowl. Unlike the other sports, Football is a single elimination playoff format.
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