Professional sports are all about winning. Athletes play for the thrill of athletic competition, and the highest athletic competition occurs in the championship rounds of a sport. There is no higher honour for a professional athlete than winning a title. The entire franchise benefits when a team wins a championship. In all major sports, championship trophies have names and traditions.
The winner of Major League Baseball's World Series is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy, which is named such because it is awarded to the owner of the winning team by the commissioner of the league. The trophy was first awarded in 1967 and weighs 13.6 Kilogram. A new trophy is made every year.
Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded to the winning team of the National Football League's Super Bowl. The trophy is named after former Green Bay Packers' coach Vince Lombardi, who won the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968. The trophy was renamed for Lombardi after his death in 1970. Prior to that, it was called the World Championship Game Trophy.
The Stanley Cup is awarded to the champion of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Finals. It is the oldest championship trophy in North America. The Stanley Cup was initially bought by Lord Stanley of Preston to be presented to the amateur hockey champion of Canada. It was first presented in 1893. The National Hockey Association purchased the trophy in 1910, but with the subsequent folding of various leagues, only NHL teams have competed for it since 1926. The NHL reached a formal agreement with Cup trustees in 1947 and his had exclusive control of it ever since.
Larry O'Brien Champiobnship Trophy
The Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy is awarded to the winning team of the National Basketball Association's Finals. The trophy was created in 1978 and was renamed after former NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien in 1984. The trophy is made by Tiffany's and is remade every year.
Other Major Sports Trophies
The FIFA World Cup Trophy is awarded to the winning national soccer team of the FIFA World Cup tournament. The Claret Jug is awarded to the British Open champion in golf. The Borg-Warner Trophy is given to the champion of the Indianapolis 500. College sports in the USA win National Championship trophies.