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Collectively Owned Leagues

Learn about the differences between single-entity leagues and collectively-owned leagues in professional sports.


Professional sports leagues may be either a single-entity league or a collectively owned league. The structure of the league determines how parties may own teams in the leagues and whether players sign contracts with individual teams or leagues.

I. Single-Entity League

In a single-entity league, the league retains all the essential attributes of ownership for each team in the league. Major League Soccer is an example of a single-entity league, which means that MLS owns all the member clubs in...