It is believed that, by 1700, the only professional team sport was cricket, which itself was still in an early stage of development and relied on gambling interests for most of its revenue. It is possible that professionalism had begun in other sports which attracted gambling such as prizefighting and horse racing.
This category has the following 11 subcategories, out of 11 total.
- 17th century in chess (1 C, 4 P)
- 17th-century sportspeople (4 C)