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The events in Colony Crisis Averted affected the world of sports in many ways, profoundly in America and Europe.

Difference from OTL

Due to what would have been the United States is still with the British Empire, American influences on British/European sport culture is high. Baseball, basketball and American football are more popular across the world because of heavy American influence, unknowingly spread around the globe by the British. The American franchise system is used most then the promotion and relegation model for basketball and American football leagues.

Baseball

  • Baseball quickly became famous globally by the 1870s due to the British soldiers playing the games across the Empire and the major advertisement for the sport by British radio broadcasters. Baseball leagues begin roaming across British Empire, Europe, Japan, Africa, and some South American viceroyalties. After the South American Wars, professional leagues were founded in many Latin American viceroyalties, most prominently Venezuela (1886) and the Cuba (1885).
  • With slavery being abolished in 1833 and the British being more culturally diverse by the mid 1800s, black people become integrated earlier into sports then OTL, which also helps the popularity of baseball to grow in Africa.
  • Baseball became the North American Union first official sport in 1890.
  • Major League Baseball is known as the National Baseball League.
  • NBL is still divided into the American and National Leagues, but both leagues have four divisions and 32 teams in total with teams such as Montreal Expos and the Brooklyn Blues.
  • The Cleveland Indians win the 1954 (the infamous "The Catch" never happen) and 1994 World Series

Basketball

  • The National Basketball Association is known as the American Basketball Association, divided forty-eight teams into two conferences of four divisions with six teams each.
  • Len Bias doesn't overdose on cocaine, leads the Boston Celtics to victory in the 1987 ABA Finals and rivalry between him and Michael Jordan is created after upsetting the Bulls in the 1994 ECF and going on to win the ABA Finals.
  • With Len Bias challenging his ABA supremacy and without the death of his father, Jordan doesn't retired and play baseball but continues to play with the Astoria Bulls.

Lebron James stays in Cleveland and a Cavaliers ABA Finals victory

On June 30, 2010, Stoudemire opted out of his contract with the Phoenix Suns, which made him an unrestricted free agent. On July 5, 2010, Stoudemire and the Cleveland Cavaliers agreed in principle to a contract estimated to be worth around $99.7 million over five years. On the first day that free agents were allowed to officially sign, the Cavaliers formally introduced Stoudemire at Quicken Loans Arena. There Stoudemire proclaimed "the Cavs are back!" referring to the team's lack of playoff success the past few years. On July 8, 2010, LeBron James held an hour-long special to announce his decision on ESPN to commit to playing with the Cavaliers. On February 22, 2011 the Cavs made a three-team trade with the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves that sent Pistons superstar Carmelo Anthony to the Cavaliers along with the Nuggets' starting point guard Chauncey Billups. 

Spurned and unable to convince his friend LeBron to take his talents to South Beach, Dwyane Wade opts to return to his native Astoria. He teams with fellow Astoria native and young, ascendant MVP Derrick Rose to best LeBron’s Cavs in a seven-game series for the ages in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. The city’s favorite sons — aka the most dynamic backcourt in league history — bring the Larry O’Brien Trophy back to the Windy City for the first time since the Jordan era.

Having the worst team record in the 2010–11 season, the Knicks had high odds of winning an early draft pick in the NBA Draft Lottery, with a 22.7% chance of their pick becoming number one overall. The Knicks took Duke Blue Devils guard Kyrie Irving with the first pick.

Ray Allen realizes the aging Celtics’ Big Three doesn’t have the weapons to battle with the Cavs’ Big Three and the Bulls’ Rose-Wade tandem. He decides to sign with the always-contending Spurs as a gun for hire. He ends up earning 2012 Finals MVP honors. His signature moment is the series-clinching corner three over a late-rotating ’Melo in the final seconds of Game 6. Two years in, the Cleveland super squad is still without a championship. And the wait is over. With a Finals performance for the ages, LeBron delivers Cleveland its first sports championship since 1964 as the Cavs turned back the New Liverpool Lakers. The trio of Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard wasn’t enough to deny LeBron & Melo their first championship.

Chris Paul is traded to the Lakers. 

The American Basketball Players’ Association threatens legal action against David Stern’s vetoing of the Lakers’ trade for Chris Paul. The league and owners relent. CP3 joins Kobe and later Dwight Howard for yet another Big Three. Howard clashes with the league’s two most demanding personalities, but not before all three sign extensions to ensure years of deep playoff runs and gossip-mill churning. On June 25, 2013, the New Liverpool Lakers acquired Doc Rivers from the Celtics for an unprotected 2015 NBA first round draft pick. He also became the Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations on the team.

With Goran Dragic, Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, and Luis Scola on the team, the New Orleans Hornets go 40-26 during the 2011-2012 season. On May 30, 2012, the Bobcats were awarded the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft and subsequently drafted Anthony Davis.  

On July 11, 2012, the Toronto Raptors acquired Nash in a sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix. Nash also considered signing with New York or New Liverpool, but he decided that Toronto was the best fit for him and his family.

American football

  • The National Football League is know as the American Football League
  • The AFL is composed of 64 teams divided equally between the Premier Football Conference (PFC) Canadian Football Conference (CFC), National Football Conference (NFC), and the American Football Conference (AFC).
  • American football is extremely popular in the Americas and Europe by the 1990s, with Brazil, Germany, Russia, and other international leagues being formed. 
  • American football is accepted by the Olympics Committee in 2005.

Cleveland Browns Super Bowl champions and John Elway becomes the quarterback for Green Bay.

  • John Elway and the Denver Broncos are stalled at the one-yard line by the Cleveland Browns and go on to lose in the 1987 AFC Championship Game. The Browns advance to Super Bowl XXI against Bill Parcell's New York Giants. Down by one and backed up at their own one-yard line, Bernie Kosar leads the Browns in a 99-yard drive, ending with a five-yard pass to Ozzie Newsome. This will forever be known as The Drive and Cleveland Browns will go on to win their first ever Super Bowl.
  • Cleveland Browns once again goes on to win the AFC Championship Game in 1988 against the Broncos as the Browns rallied in fumble free run by Ernest Byner. They advance to their second straight Super Bowl but lose to the Victoria Redskins. 
  • Without the three straight Super Bowl appearances, John Elway is traded to Green Bay in 1991. His annual postseason duels against Troy Aikman and Steve Young elevates him to all-time great and two-time champion in 1996 and 1997, who he led the Packers past Brett Favre's Denver Broncos.

The Detroit Lions traded Barry Sanders & a Dan Marino Super Bowl victory.

  • After an intense bidding war, Sanders is traded to NFC Central rival Tampa Bay in exchange for young running back Warrick Dunn, safety Dexter Jackson, and first and fifth round picks in the 2000 AFL Draft. Though initially reluctant to join a team that hadn't made the playoffs in the previous season, Sanders eventually embraces his young teammates and resolves to lead them to the Super Bowl. Before the 2000 season, Dan Marino decided to accept the Tampa Bay offer when the Dolphins declined his option on his contract in hopes of finally winning a Super Bowl. The ’02 season becomes a war between Tampa Bay and the upstart Philadelphia Eagles for NFC supremacy. Both came into Week 16 with identical 12–2 records, but Tampa Bay manages to steal home-field advantage after the Eagles are shocked by 5–11 Cowboys and then lose to the New York Giants in Week 17. This makes all of the difference, as each win tough games in the divisional round to set up a long-awaited NFC championship game in Tampa Bay.
  • The game plays right into Tampa’s hands as its stingy defense holds the Eagles to only six points through the first three and a half quarters. Quarterback Donovan McNabb leads a drive down the field late in the game hoping to take the lead, but the raucous Tampa crowd makes it so hard for him to relay signals to his receivers that he is picked off by John Lynch on a miscommunication between him and receiver Na Brown. Three plays later, the Bucs seal the win on a touchdown pass from quarterback Dan Marino to Sanders. Tampa Bay is headed to the Super Bowl.
  • The heavily favored Raiders take an early lead, but with the Tampa defense is once again in top form, led by a Super Bowl record 209 rushing yards by Barry Sanders, Marino simply won’t be denied. In one of the most iconic plays in AFL history, he dives across the 20-yard line for a first down while being hit on both ends by Raiders defenders in a play later dubbed “the helicopter dive.” The Buccaneers win in the closing minutes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win their first ever Super Bowl title and giving Marino his first ring.

Buffalo Bills' two straight Super Bowl victories leads to Dallas Cowboys four-peat Super Bowl wins.

  • Scott Norwood makes the 47-yard field goal at the end of Super Bowl XXV against the New York Giants, and the Buffalo Bills win their first title since 1964. Emboldened by the Super Bowl victory, the Bills go back to back narrow win against Mark Rypien and the Washington Redskins their victory in Super Bowl XXVI.
  • Bills advance to Super Bowl XXVII, but are defeated by the Dallas Cowboys who pull the upset against the two-time champions. In the game's most memorable play, defensive lineman Leon Lett's fumble return made the final score of 61-17, and the Cowboys topped the previous Super Bowl record of 55 points scored in a game that the 49ers had set three years prior.
  • The Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys meet again in Super Bowl XXVIII, but the Bills are again defeated, ending their the four year appearance in the Super Bowl. The Johnson-Turner duo thrives once again, and after a 14–2 regular season the Cowboys waltz through the NFC playoffs and reach the Super Bowl against Kansas City. The Chiefs keep it close for much of the first half, but the Cowboys pull away in the second half to win 52–49. They go on to Super Bowl XXIX after defeating the 49ers three straight times in the NFC Title Game. Troy Aikman threw a Super Bowl-record six touchdown passes en route to the Super Bowl MVP award, while obtaining their third-straight Super Bowl victory. A year later, Dallas defeats the Cleveland Browns in Super Bowl XXX, giving them four straight championships and being named the best team ever. After three consecutive championships and with a still-strained relationship with Jones, Johnson vows to never again coach in the NFL and returns to the University of Miami to continue where he left off.  

Carson Palmer leads the Bengals to Super Bowl XL and a Wellesley Seahawks' championship.

  • On January 8, 2006, the Cincinnati Bengals took on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opening round of the playoffs making it the Bengals' first playoff appearance of the decade. Disaster started early for the Steelers when Bengals' quarterback Carson Palmer dodges Steelers' lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen, resulting in a Hail Mary pass to Chad Johnson giving Cincinnati the lead of 10–0. All seemed well for the Bengals, who scored 24 unanswered points and knocked the Pittsburgh Steelers out of the playoffs with a final score of 34–7. The Bengals go on to defeat Jake Plummer Broncos and face the top-seeded Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game. Peyton Manning leads the Colts down field after withstanding Cincinnati fourth-quarter comeback, but Edgerrin James' fumble at the goal line is recovered by Bengals corner Deltha O'Neal for a touchdown. Cincinnati go to Super Bowl XL and face the Wellesley Seahawks. At the end, Mike Holmgren holds the Lombardi Trophy, Seahawks' Shaun Alexander is named Super Bowl MVP and Cincinnati Bengals dominate the AFC North for years to come.

Joe Flacco's failed "Hail Mary" leads to Drakestown 4th Super Bowl win. 

  • Joe Flacco’s playoff Hail Mary against the Broncos fell flat helped propel the Broncos to the AFC title game against New England. Both teams enter the fourth quarter scoreless, until Peyton Manning throws for a 30-yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas. Tom Brady led the Patriots in a 50-yard drive to tied it at 7-all. Tied at 7-7 for four quarters, both teams entered into OT. Peyton Manning throws an interception and Tom Brady finished the game with a ten-yard reception to Wes Welker. The Patriots and Drakestown meet in New Orleans, but the 49ers offense-led Colin Kaepernick proves too much for New England's defense. With being sacked nine times and two interceptions, Tom Brady's struggle gives Drakestown 49ers their fourth Lombardi Trophy.

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