The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a professional basketball league in North America, consisting of 30 teams, 29 from the United States and one from Canada. It is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The NBA is widely considered the premier men's basketball league in the world, featuring many of the top players from around the globe. The league operates on a franchise system, with teams owning their respective markets and players being drafted or signed as free agents. The NBA season runs from October through June, culminating in the NBA Finals, a best-of-seven series to determine the league champion. The NBA is known for its fast-paced, high-scoring games and for its global reach, with fans and players from all over the world.