U.S. sports system
Sport has been an important part of U.S. culture since the 19th century. In turn, the United States has strongly influenced world sport in various aspects: its achievements in international tournaments, the attractiveness of its national tournaments, the technological and scientific development of sport, the commercialization and dissemination of professional sport, and its role in the creation and management of various disciplines.
In terms of individual sports, the most watched and broadcast professional championships in the U.S. media are the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour (golf), the NASCAR Cup and IndyCar Series (motorsports) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (mixed martial arts).
The Hartford Blues played in the National Football League in 1926. Meanwhile, the New York Giants played home games at the Yale Bowl in New Haven in the 1973 and 1974 seasons, during the construction of Giants Stadium.
The Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association played some home games at the Hartford Civic Center between 1975 and 1995. The Connecticut Sun have played WNBA basketball since 2003 in the town of Uncasville.
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Magness Arena looking north/northeastThe arena is named for cable television pioneer Bob Magness , who donated $10 million toward construction costs. It features individual padded seating, two members-only club seating areas, a four-sided video scoreboard and a concourse with glassed-in views of the adjacent Hamilton Gymnasium and El Pomar Natatorium. The arena can be identified around the city by the attached 215-foot-tall (66 m), gold-spired Williams Tower, which contains a 65-bell carillon .
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The history of Texas A&M University-Commerce began in 1889 with its establishment as East Texas Normal College (ETNC) at Cooper by William L. Mayo, a native Kentuckian, as a private college for teachers based on normal principles. ETNC moved to Commerce after its original campus was destroyed in a fire in July 1894. One of Commerce’s major advantages was that it was well connected by rail, with regular service on the Southwest Texas Railroad from St. Louis («Cotton Belt») to Dallas, Sherman and Texarkanay on the Texas Midland Railroad to Paris , Ennis and Houston .
The institution was renamed East Texas State College in 1957, after the Texas Legislature recognized its expanding scope beyond teacher education. Following the opening of the institution’s first doctoral program in 1962, its name was changed to East Texas State University (ETSU) in 1965. It was integrated in 1964 when directed by the board of regents. ETSU obtained a separate board of regents in 1969, and approval to open a branch campus in Texarkana in 1971.
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As a curiosity, we can say that the movie Full Monty was filmed here and musical groups like Moloko, Pulp, The Human League, Bring Me The Horizon, Heaven 17, Arctic Monkeys, Def Leppardy Reverend and the Makers come from this city.
Sheffield is located at geographical coordinates 53°23′ N and 1°28′ W. To the north it borders the metropolitan borough of Barnsley, the southern and western border is shared with Derbyshire – in the first half of the 20th century Sheffield extended its boundaries south into Derbyshire, thus annexing some villages, including Totley, Dore and Mosborough. To the west of the town is the Peak District National Park and the Pennine Ranges.
The current city boundaries were set in 1974 (with a slight modification in 1994) when the former county borough of Sheffield merged with the Stocksbridge Urban District and two parishes of the rural Wortley District. This area includes a significant part of the surrounding countryside of the main urban region. Approximately one third of Sheffield lies within the Peak District National Park (no other English city includes parts of a national park within its boundaries). Sheffield often boasts that it is the greenest city in Europe, a claim that was reinforced when it won the Entente Florale competition in 2005. Sheffield is also the greenest city in the UK.