Having trouble keeping track of all the sporting events taking place in New York City this summer? Don't worry; it's a common problem. Best to just rely on the alphabetized list below, which indexes every competitive spectacle you could possibly want to see in May, June, July and August.
Brooklyn Cyclones: The Mets' short-season single-A affiliate has been an early pro stop for major leaguers like Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Bobby Parnell; the team’s promotions—such as Seinfeld Night, so popular that it's back for a second year—are some of the zaniest in the minors.
Caribe League: Old pros and youngsters gather to play amateur ball in the Bronx's Crotona Park. Official information is hard to come by, but those who come across games are rarely disappointed.
New York Mets: New York City's National League team is off to a good start led by the consensus “new face” of NYC sports (staff ace Matt Harvey) and the squad's fun-loving team uncle (pitcher Bartolo Colon).
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New York Yankees: The post-Jeter era has begun better than expected. Controversial though he always is, Alex Rodriguez can still hit the ball a long way. Plus, local hero Dellin Betances is in the bullpen.
Staten Island Yankees: The Yankees' short-season single-A affiliate has nurtured future stars like Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang, but the biggest attraction at Richmond County Bank Ballpark might be the view of New York Harbor—to take full advantage, consider attending on a fireworks night.
NBA Draft: Tall future millionaires wearing resplendent suits find out their first pro teams at the home of the Brooklyn Nets on June 25. This season's draft should be especially exciting for fans of the Knicks, who are in line for a high lottery pick.
New York Liberty: Former league MVP—not to mention NCAA champion, Olympic gold medalist and Queens local—Tina Charles leads New York City's WNBA squad.
Street hoops: Talented players—including, if you're lucky, current or future NBA stars—play on New York City's asphalt throughout the warmer months.
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Under Armor Elite 24: Two dozen top high school basketball prospects take the court in Brooklyn Bridge Park on August 22, with the Manhattan skyline as their backdrop. Admission is free.
Barclays Center: Miguel Cotto fights Daniel Geale for the WBC middleweight crown on June 6. The week before (on May 29), Amir Khan faces Chris Algieri and Paulie Malignaggi takes on Danny O'Connor.
Theater at Madison Square Garden: The undefeated Nicholas Walters defends his WBO super featherweight championship against Miguel Marriaga, who also has never lost a fight, on June 13.
Grand Fondo New York: On May 17, cyclists pedal from New York City to Bear Mountain and back.
Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic: Serious cyclists race for 40 miles and kids ride a shorter course on June 21 (Father's Day) at Marcus Garvey Park.
Tour de Brooklyn: June 7 is the date for this leisurely 20-mile ride (not a race) through the borough.
Tour de Queens: Like the above, but in Queens and on July 12.
Dragon Boat Racing
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival: August 8–9, colorful vessels speed through Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The food and live entertainment are also draws. It's free!
Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest: Joey Chestnut defends his title in a July 4 tradition at Coney Island. No one should eat 69 hot dogs in one sitting, as Chestnut did last time around, but it's a sight to behold and draws huge crowds.
Brooklyn Half Marathon: This spirited race ends at the Coney Island Boardwalk. This year, it's on May 16.
Color Run: This 5K affords the opportunity to jog in and around Citi Field, and to be splattered with paint. Kids these days. The run takes place May 23.
NYC Triathlon: On July 19, athletes paddle through the Hudson, cycle on the West Side Highway and trot around Central Park.
Urban Mudder: The Tough Mudder folks bring a version of their obstacle race to Randall's Island on July 25.
FCA Manhattan Cup:
On May 15, anglers cast their lines for bluefish and striped bass in the Hudson.
Barclays Golf Tournament: Vijay Singh, Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott are among the past winners of this Edison, NJ, PGA tournament, scheduled to take place August 25–30.
United States Handball Association National One-Wall Championships: July 29 to August 2, the thwack of rubber against wall will reverberate throughout the City's amusement district, Coney Island.
New York Rangers Playoffs: As of press time, the Blueshirts remain alive in their chase for the Stanley Cup.
Belmont Stakes: As Jerry Seinfeld astutely notes, the horses probably don't know they're racing. Still, this race (held in Elmont, NY, not Belmont, Queens) is a big event—especially when, as was the case last year, a horse comes in with a chance to complete the elusive Triple Crown. It's scheduled for June 6.
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Monster Truck Racing
Monster Jam: Giant vehicles make mayhem on June 13 in East Rutherford, NJ.
Gotham Girls Roller Derby: New York City's roller derby league may be the best in the country. The season is in full swing, and bouts take place through August. Read about all the fun you could have watching them in our feature from last year.
CONCACAF Gold Cup: On July 19, MetLife Stadium hosts key matches in this international tournament (CONCACAF is the regional confederation to which the US belongs).
International Champions Cup: The New York Red Bulls take on international opponents Chelsea and FC Porto on July 22 and 26.
New York City FC: There's been a lot of excitement surrounding this new Major League Soccer side, which attracted a big crowd for its Yankee Stadium debut and has drawn an average of 27,000 fans per home match. They're hoping the roster can gel and generate a few more wins as the season progresses.
New York Cosmos: Led by all-time Real Madrid scoring leader (and Upper East Side resident) Raúl, the North American Soccer League's Cosmos play most of their games out on Long Island and look forward to the US Open Cup as a chance to play their MLS rivals.
New York Red Bulls: After an offseason that saw the team part ways with its two most famous players and its coach, the Red Bulls went undefeated in their first seven MLS fixtures (and as of press time have lost but one match). They also beat NYCFC in the first-ever derby between the new neighbors. So far, so good.
Steve Nash Foundation Showdown: On June 24, former NBA MVP Nash hosts his annual charity soccer game—featuring celebrity participants—at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
US Women's National Team vs. Korea Republic: Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach and the rest of the United States women's national soccer team tune up for the World Cup at Red Bull Arena on May 30.
US Open Tennis Championships: The only Grand Slam tennis tournament in the US needs no introduction; the sport's biggest names will be at Flushing Meadows to compete for a championship at summer's end (August 31–September 13).
Timbersports Collegiate and Professional Championships: There's free admission to this June 20 competitive power tool event in Central Park. We can smell the wood shavings already.
Track and Field
Adidas Grand Prix: There are two things you need to know about this track meet: Usain Bolt is slated to race, and the date is June 13.
USA vs. Cuba in Times Square: The United States and Cuba do less grappling politically these days, but their wrestlers still plan to do battle in Times Square on May 21. The bouts are part of a gala for Beat the Streets, an organization that supports wrestling programs in New York City schools.
WWE Monday Night Raw: There will also be some TV-style wrestling in the City this summer. Monday Night Raw takes place on August 24…
WWE SummerSlam: And SummerSlam is slated for the night before, August 23. Both tussles are at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.