It’s almost February, and that means that there are a lot of sports teams gearing up for their seasons. But what teams actually play in February? Here’s a quick rundown.
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The Major League Baseball season is typically composed of 162 games played over 180 days, from late March/early April to late September/early October, with a postseason of up to seven games.
Spring training begins
During February, all 30 Major League Baseball teams will be in spring training as they prepare for the upcoming season. Spring training games begin on February 23rd.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is an American professional basketball league. It is composed of 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada), and is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The NBA is the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world.
In February, the NBA hits its All-Star break. This is a period when the league’s best players come together to play in a weekend-long exhibition. The game is usually held on Sunday, and the skills challenge and three-point contest are held on Saturday.
The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. February is a big month for the NHL.
At the trade deadline, NHL teams have a chance to improve their rosters for the playoff push by adding players from other teams. Teams can also unload players they don’t think will be part of their future plans.
The trade deadline is usually in late February, and it’s always a busy time for NHL front offices. Many big names have been traded at the deadline, and it’s always one of the most exciting times of the season.
Men’s and women’s basketball tournaments
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 480,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. NCAA championships are organized into three divisions: Division I, Division II and Division III.
Basketball tournaments are held in February for both men’s (March Madness) and women’s teams (the Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament). Football bowl games are also played in December and January leading up to the final championship game, the College Football Playoff National Championship.