ⓘ Most valuable player. In sports, a most valuable player award is an honor typically bestowed upon an individual as the most performing player in an entire leagu ..

                                     

ⓘ Most valuable player

In sports, a most valuable player award is an honor typically bestowed upon an individual as the most performing player in an entire league, for a particular competition, or on a specific team. Initially used in professional sports, the term is now also commonly used in amateur sports, as well as in other completely unrelated fields such as business and music. In many sports, MVP awards are presented for a specific match - in other words, a player of the match award.

The term is most common in the United States and Canada. In other cases, "player of the year" is used for a season-spanning award and "player of the match" for individual games. In Australia, Australian rules football clubs and leagues use the term "best and fairest", while those playing rugby league use "player of the year", such as the Dally M Medal. The National Basketball League, however, uses the American-style "MVP" for its awards.

In many cases the awards are voted on by members of the media. In others the vote is by players, coaches, or umpires. In recent years, online polls from the public decide some awards.

                                     

1. Sports

Examples include:

  • NCAA Basketball Tournament; there are also various awards for the players selected as player of the year
  • Canadian Football League regular season, East Division, West Division, and Grey Cup; also "Most Valuable Canadian" awards for the regular season and Grey Cup
  • National Football League regular season and Super Bowl; also Pro Bowl
  • College footballs Heisman Trophy
  • National Basketball Association regular season and Finals; also NBA All-Star Game
  • Indian Premier League
  • Leigh Matthews Trophy, given by the AFL Players Association to the AFLs most valuable player as opposed to the Brownlow Medal, given to the fairest and best
  • Major League Baseballs American and National Leagues, AL & NL Championship Series, and World Series; also All-Star Game
  • National Basketball League regular season and Grand Final
  • Hart Memorial Trophy and Lester B. Pearson/Ted Lindsay Award National Hockey League regular season and Conn Smythe Trophy playoffs; the All-Star Game also has an MVP
  • Woman National Basketball Association regular season and Finals
  • Philippine Basketball Association regular season
  • EuroLeague MVP
  • FIVB Tournaments
  • Major League Soccer regular season and MLS Cup; also MLS All-Star Game