List of defunct professional sports leagues

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These are notable sports leagues which are no longer operating.

Australia[edit]

Australian football[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Soccer[edit]

Canada[edit]

Auto racing[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

Soccer[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

  • National Provincial Championship (NPC, 1976–2005; professional from 1996)
    • Replaced by Air New Zealand Cup, later ITM Cup and now Mitre 10 Cup, and Heartland Championship in 2006. Although the NPC as a single entity is defunct, its basic structure was largely revived in 2011 with the split of the then-ITM Cup into two divisions. The main difference between the current format and that of the NPC era is that no promotion from the Heartland Championship to the Mitre 10 Cup is currently possible. The NPC featured promotion and/or relegation (or at least the possibility thereof) at all three levels.

Russia[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

South Africa[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

  • Vodacom Cup (1998–2015)
    • Second tier of domestic professional rugby, behind the Currie Cup, although the competition occasionally included teams from Argentina and Namibia as well. Scrapped after the 2015 season; a one-off expanded Currie Cup was held in 2016 before a successor second-level competition, the Rugby Challenge, was launched in 2017.

United Kingdom[edit]

American football[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Association football[edit]

United States[edit]

Professional baseball[edit]

Professional basketball[edit]

Men:

Women:

Amateur basketball[edit]

Professional football[edit]

Note: Bolded leagues were competitors of major league NFL.

Professional hockey[edit]

Professional soccer (association football)[edit]

Professional lacrosse[edit]

Other[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]