Sports

Most popular Mexican sports are soccer, baseball, basketball, bullfighting, boxing and wrestling. Other sports like auto racing, American football, tennis, golf, polo and many others are also appreciated. Sports within Mexico range from the common to others that most people have never heard of. The diversity of sports within Mexico is as vast as the culture. Rodeos, bullfights, wrestling and boxing make up some of the sports that dominate many people's lives within this historic country.

Liga MX

Liga MX stands in english Mexican League, also its the Liga BBVA Bancomer and each season the league holds two tournaments; the Apertura starts in the summer seaosn, and the Clausura starts in the winter season. As in 2012 there were 18 soccer clubswith one being relegated every year (two tournaments) based upone their performance in the league over the previous three years.The Liga MX is the top level of the Mexican football league system. It is currently sponsored by BBVA through its Mexican subsidiary BBVA Bancomer, and thus officially known as Liga BBVA Bancomer.

Mexican Baseball

The Mexican League was founded in 1925 with 5 teams and slowly grew. By the late 30s and 40s, the league was drawing the top players from the Negro Leagues, including Satchel PaigeCool Papa BellMartin DihigoRay Dandridge and Willie Wells. Native Mexican talent was almost run out of the league in 1940, when many Cuban and Negro League stars took central stage - only a handful of Mexican players like Angel Castro and Jesus Valenzuela were competitive with the foreign imports. Four Negro Leaguers (Bell, Wild Bill WrightRené González and Alonzo Perry) won Triple Crowns - since then only three other players have won Triple Crowns in the Mexican League (Castro, Ty Gainey and Kit Pellow). In 1946, millionaire owner Jorge Pasquel began luring big-leaguers like Sal Maglie and Max Lanier to Mexico and offered blank contracts to Joe DiMaggioStan Musial, and Ted Williams. While the white Americans who did jump borders added prestige and famous names to the league, they generally were of lesser talent than and could not compete with the league's population of Cuban and Negro League greats. Also, by this time Mexican players were much more prevalent and productive than they had been in the '40-'41 seasons, when Negro Leaguers almost forced them out of the league. Legal action by the American major leagues and salary cuts by the Mexican clubs led to most of the Americans leaving by 1948. With integration the black stars mostly returned north as well, though some stayed south due to the racially tolerant environment.

By 1955, the Mexican League was fading. New owners helped make the league part of Organized Baseball as a AA circuit. Later, it became a AAA league - while the talent was AA on average, the attendance and size of the cities represented were comparable to other AAA circuits.

Boxing

Mexico has a very rich boxing history and it produced many boxing champions such as Antonio Margarito, Edgar Sosa, Raul Garcia, Salvador Sanchez, Julio Cezar Chavez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Eric Morales, Oscar Larios and many others.