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Today Is The Sports Equinox

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Today, the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB all play games. It’s a sports equinox, the 16th in history:

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Will all four leagues play at the same time?

They sure will! Indians-Cubs is scheduled for 8:00 p.m ET. At 8:30 Eagles-Cowboys kicks off, and at least three NBA games and two NHL games will already be in progress.

Will one city have four teams play?

Alas, no. Cleveland and Chicago are the only two MLB teams left. Cleveland hasn’t had an NHL team since the 70s, and the Bulls and Bears aren’t playing on Sunday. Phoenix remains the only city to pull of the feat – the Cardinals, Suns, Coyotes and Diamondbacks all played on Nov. 4, 2001 (the Diamondbacks won the World Series, the other three lost).

Not enough sports for me. Are there more sports?

There sure are! There are four MLS Conference Semifinals games on Sunday, and all the major European club leagues have matches as well. The World Golf Championship will play its final round, the WTA Finals tennis tournament will draw to a close, and the Marine Corp Marathon will be run in Virginia/D.C. And that’s just to name a few! Check your local listings.

Reuben Fischer-Baum is a visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.

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