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This is a list of professional sports leagues.
A "sports league is a "professional body that governs the competition of its teams. They make the rules for competition and behavior and disciplines its members as necessary. This is done through a structure that varies by league. Some are made up of a board of governors that have a commissioner or president, while others are single entity organizations where the league owns the franchises and therefore does not have a board of governors.
This list attempts to show those sports leagues for which all players and teams are paid to play. In other words, these players can be considered to play their chosen sport as their "profession. Some leagues don't pay well enough to allow players to use them as their primary or only source of income, but because the players are paid, it's still considered "professional, or "semi-professional. As such, some leagues listed here may not be fully professional.
United States and Canada
- 1. A SKL – known for sponsorship reasons as "Liga Telemach ("Slovenia)
- "A-1 Liga (Croatia)
- ACB – "Liga ACB (Spain, men's first level)
- ABL – "ASEAN Basketball League ("ASEAN countries)
- "Basketball Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- BLB – "Basketball League Belgium
- BLK – "Basket Liga Kobiet (women's first level in "Poland)
- "BLNO (Norway)
- BSN – "Baloncesto Superior Nacional (Puerto Rico)
- CBA – "Chinese Basketball Association
- DBL – "Dutch Basketball League
- "EuroLeague – Pan-European competition for elite clubs
- "EuroCup – known as the ULEB Cup from 2002–2008. Is the second-tier transnational professional basketball competition in Europe.
- "EuroChallenge – is the top Men's Basketball competition directly run by FIBA Europe. The competition was created in 2003 following the defection of several top European basketball teams from the former European Champions' Cup which heralded the formation of the Euroleague under the umbrella of "Euroleague Basketball.
- "Greek Basket League (Greece, first level)
- "Greek A2 Basket League (Greece, second level)
- IBL – "International Basketball League
- ISL – "Iranian Basketball Super League (Iran)
- KBL – "Korean Basketball League (South Korea)
- "Korisliiga (Finland)
- KLS – "Basketball League of Serbia
- LBL – "Latvijas Basketbola līga
- LEB – "Liga Española de Baloncesto (Spain, men's second level)
- "Lega Basket Serie A (Italy, first level)
- LFB – "Liga Femenina de Baloncesto (Spain, women's first level)
- "Israeli Basketball Premier League (Israel)
- LKL – "Lietuvos krepšinio lyga (Lithuania)
- LNBP – "Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional ("Mexico)
- NBA – "National Basketball Association (United States & Canada)
- NBA D-League – "NBA Development League
- NBB – "Novo Basquete Brasil
- "Montenegrin Basketball League ("Montenegro)
- PBA – "Philippine Basketball Association (Philippines)
- PLK – "Polska Liga Koszykówki (men's first level in "Poland)
- "Russian Basketball Super League 1 (men's second level)
- SBL – "Super Basketball League (Taiwan)
- "Serie A2 Basket (Italy, second level)
- TBL – "Thailand Basketball League (Thailand)
- TBSL – "Turkish Basketball Super League
- TKBL – Türkiye 1. Kadınlar Basketbol Ligi, or "Turkish Women's Basketball League in English
- TPBL – "Texas Pro Basketball League
- "UBA Pro Basketball League (India)
- USBL – "United States Basketball League
- "VTB United League – Russia, the "Baltics, Finland, Poland, and Ukraine.
- WBA – "World Basketball Association
- WBA/WABA – "Women's American Basketball Association
- WKBL – "Women's Korean Basketball League (South Korea)
- WNBA – "Women's National Basketball Association
- WNBL – "Women's National Basketball League (Australia)
- Hong Kong Basketball League, All-Hong Kong Youth Basketball League
Major sanctioning bodies
- "Symetra Tour (second-tier US tour, operated by the LPGA)
- Ladies European Tour Access Series, LETAS, the official feeder tour to the Ladies European Tour, has been formed to give players not part of a major tour an opportunity to compete and progress on to the Ladies European Tour.
- Step Up Tour (second-tier Japanese tour, operated by the LPGA of Japan)
- "Nordea Tour (women's version is a second-tier tour in Sweden, feeding to the Ladies European Tour)
Canada and United States
United States only
Japan, "South Korea, and China
Russia, "Belarus, "China, "Croatia, "Finland, "Kazakhstan, "Latvia, and "Slovakia
"Austria, "Slovenia, "Hungary, "Czech Republic, and Italy
"Hungary and "Romania
Netherlands and Belgium
"United Kingdom ( England, "Scotland, "Wales, and "Northern Ireland)
United States and Canada
"Papua New Guinea
"Taiwan/ "Hong Kong/ "Macau
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