Pesäpallo in Finland
Superpesis is the Finnish top division of the beloved national sport pesäpallo, which was born already in 1922. The roots of the national league go back to 1931, when it originally started with 7 to 8 teams. In 1934 the number of competing teams grew to 12. At first the league was only for men but the women got their own in 1955. Nevertheless, women have had their own championships since that early than 1931.
The beginning of the league was strongly political since until the years around the World War II all the sport clubs or teams were related to either left-wing or right-wing political parties that use to organize their own leagues.
Anyhow, some kind of political interest was still present in sports in Finland until the end of the 1980s. The main league of pesäpallo and the official national championship were organized by the national association from the 1950s until the 1989, when the name of top division was changed to Superpesis and the newly launched Superpesis Oy organization started to run the league with no political agenda.