Championship rings are given and paid for by the winning team, as opposed to medals, which are presented by the league or tournament controlling body (although some leagues may partially subsidize the cost). The ring is considered the highest honor that can be given to someone who has competed in a championship game.
In the early years of professional football, many players did not receive any form of compensation other than their salaries from their teams. As such, they were not afforded the opportunity to win prizes or awards for their performances on the field. That changed with the introduction of the National Football League Championship Game at the end of each season. The winner of this game was awarded the NFL title and went on to play against another major league team for the right to be called world champion.
Beginning with the 1994 season, the NFL Championship Game was played at the end of each season instead of holding it during the regular season as previously done. The change was made to even out the number of games played between the two finalists. This was necessary because both the Packers and Bears had more than one game left on their schedules before the start of December. By playing their remaining games at the end of the year, both teams were able to prepare fully for the contest without distraction.
The new system was a success and has been continued since then.
Championship rings are unique to sports in North America. Because the league only awards one championship trophy to the winning club, championship rings are given as a valuable keepsake for the real players and team officials to keep to commemorate the triumph.
In Europe, where many different trophies are awarded to each team in the league, rings are not given out to the players. The concept is not familiar enough to have caught on across the Atlantic.
Rings are usually made of gold or silver, with some platinum and black diamonds being used as well. The size of the ring depends on how long the player has been with the team; the earlier in his career he starts, the smaller the ring will be. If he has been with the team for a long time, then it can be seen as an honor to be given a championship ring.
A ring is given to the player when he wins the title. He might get it after one game, one month, one season or even the whole thing year round. But whatever the case may be, once the champion is decided, they will receive their prize at the end of the season or series.
There are two types of championship rings: individual and team. When someone wins an award as part of a team, that group receives a team championship ring.
In baseball, football and basketball, each player who makes the team receives a ring to wear on his or her finger to show fellow fans and reporters that they are part of the team. It is also a sign of respect toward the other players on the team when someone wants to show their admiration. In addition, coaches often give their players rings as a way of saying "thank you" for playing well during practice or games.
In pro wrestling, wrestlers use jewelry to identify themselves to fans and earn extra cash. Like in other sports, wrestlers wear their names on their shirts along with their colors (for example, red white and blue for American football) and numbers (for example, 8 for octagon). They may also wear jewelry designed by others but belonging to them. For example, some wrestlers wear trophies collected by other wrestlers that have been signed by them before being awarded. These items are known as gifts from wrestlers.
Names usually appear on the ring in gold paint or enamel while colors are typically painted in silver or bronze.