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This Is Important: Should It Be ‘World Champions’ or ‘World’s Champions’?

A reader recently asked me if “World Champions” or “World’s Champions” is more common in the sports world, and which is more grammatically correct? For this week’s Uni Watch Premium article on Substack, I decided to delve into how teams have addressed championship phrasing on their uniforms (as pioneered by the 1906 New York Giants, shown above), bling, banners, and more. It was a really fun deep dive to put together, and I think you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it.

You can read the first part of the article here. In order to read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paid subscriber to my Substack (which will also get you full access to my Substack archives). My thanks, as always, for your consideration and support.

Comments (6)

    Neither. The winner of any domestic league is literally NEVER a “world champion.”

    Look at any league anywhere else in the world, and their champions are not called a “world champion” because other countries and leagues aren’t so arrogant to believe they represent the world.

    The only way a team can call itself a “world champion” is if it is a national team competing in an international tournament.

    This is why the rest of the world views the US as an international laughingstock and embarrassment.

    This site has brought me so much enjoyment over the years. I’m glad I could make a small contribution.

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