The evolvement of sports

  • Fashion Race Course

    Fashion Race Course
    The first known game in which fans paid to attend was held at Fashion Race Course in Queens, New York. It was a baseball game between two teams in the New York City area.
  • NCAA

    NCAA
    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was officially formed to govern collegiate athletics.
  • Lou Gehrig

    Lou Gehrig
    Lou Gehrig became the first athlete ever to appear on a Wheaties box.
  • The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

    The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
    The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was formed while many Major League Baseball players were serving in WWII.
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias

    Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    The first major endorsement deal for a female athlete. Wilson Sporting Goods signed golfer Babe Didrikson Zaharias to an endorsement contract worth $100,000 per year.
  • Philip H. Knight.

    Philip H. Knight.
    Blue Ribbon Sports, an athletic footwear company, was founded by Philip H. Knight. In 1972, this company becomes Nike.
  • Title IX

    Title IX
    Title IX is enacted, mandating equal access to educational opportunities for men and women. This legislation creates new opportunities for women in sports as athletes, coaches and administrators.
  • Rich Foods

    Rich Foods
    Rich Foods becomes the first company to pay for the right to have their name on a venue. Rich Foods agreed to pay $60,000/year for the naming rights to the Buffalo Bills football stadium.
  • The Summer Olympics in Moscow

    The Summer Olympics in Moscow
    The United States boycotts the Summer Olympics in Moscow.
  • Olympics became commercialized

    Olympics became commercialized
    The Olympics became commercialized, and made profitable for the first time under the leadership of Peter Ueberoth.
  • Georgia is bombed

    Georgia is bombed
    The Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia is bombed