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If you’re looking to go pro in any sport in Massachusetts, your chances are pretty low. If you break down each sport individually, you’ll see when it comes to the NBA, your chances are ZERO. This would come to quite a shock to local basketball phenoms like the one and only AJ Dybantsa from Brockton. He will most definitely be playing in the NBA so he for sure is defying the odds. The website www.gambling.com has released its list of the sports in Massachusetts and their odds of going pro. If you play or have a child that plays any of these sports in Massachusetts, it may be good to at least check to see what the odds are that a career can be made out of it.

Clearly, the more sort of impossible sports to make it professionally in are basketball and boxing with your odds being ZERO. Do you think this is deterring any local athletes from following their dreams? Definitely NOT. There are several athletes who have gone pro from Massachusetts, defying the odds. Some of the more memorable ones: Rocky Marciano from Brockton, Patrick Ewing from Cambridge, Tom Glavine from Billerica, Rebecca Lobo from Southwick, Doug Flutie from Natick and so many more.

On the flip side of this, Rhode Island actually produces the most sports stars for four of America’s favorite sports. The sports that Rhode Island is the top state for is, Soccer, Golf, Boxing and Tennis. Also, New Hampshire is one of the top states for producing the most Olympians.

As far as Massachusetts goes, let’s take a look at the actual odds of going pro in 9 professional sports. Gambling.com looks at soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, boxing, olympians, golf, NHL and NFL. We will rank them from worst odds to best. Good luck!

  • #9 Basketball

    Your chances of going pro in basketball if you’re from MA are pretty low. How about ZERO. It’s actually tied with boxing/MMA for ZERO percent. However, ask Patrick Ewing and Dana Barros who are from MA how they did it. It’s definitely possible.

    The Best NBA Players from Massachusetts

    Who are the best NBA players from Massachusetts? Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in Massachusetts includes Bill Laimbeer, Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, and Vinny Del Negro. Who is the best NBA player from...

  • #8 Boxing/MMA

    Becoming a professional boxer or MMA fighter is equally as hard as becoming an NBA player. Odds are ZERO. I mean, John Cena is a very successful WWE wrestler. Can we throw him in there? What about Rocky Marciano or Marvin Hagler?

    5 Boxers from Massachusetts

    Massachusetts is home to several distinguished boxers who have made their mark in the sport. Each athlete has achieved success through hard work and dedication to boxing. This article will provide an overview of each boxer's career achievements and accomplishments. So, the next time you look for Boxing some Massachusetts boxing inspiration, read on!

  • #7 Tennis

    Going pro in tennis if you’re from MA is pretty low. 1 in 8642 athletes from MA will go pro in tennis. If you look, there really aren’t too many and none that many would recognize.

    The Greatest Tennis Players of All Time From Massachusetts - World Tennis Magazine

    Massachusetts has given birth to some fantastic athletes over the years, like boxer Rocky Marciano who held the world heavyweight title between 1952 and 1956, or Patrick Ewing who has gone down as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, averaging 21 points a game and earning 11 all star appearances across his [...]

  • #6 Golf

    Chances of going pro in golf if you’re from MA are 1 in 2033.  This is even though MA is the 13th ranked state in the country for the most pro golfers.

    Massachusetts Produces the 13th Most Pro Golfers

    The past few years have been transformational for golf's reach and popularity. A desire for socially-distanced recreational activities during the COVID-19 pandemic brought millions more golfers onto courses around the

  • #5 Olympians

    The odds of becoming an Olympian in MA is 1 in 1333.  Just tell that to these famous olympians from MA: Aly Raisman, Alex Shibutani and Ryan Donato.

    Olympic Athletes Born in Massachusetts

    List of Olympic athletes born in Massachusetts, listed alphabetically with photos when available. These famous Olympians from Massachusetts have achieved some of the highest honors in sports history just by qualifying for the Olympics, as most athletes will never be chosen to represent their...

  • #4 NFL

    NFL is tied with the NHL for odds of going pro which are 1 in 1080. Athletes who defied those odds: Howie Long, Doug Flutie, Matt Hasselbeck and Fred Smerlas.

    Famous Football Players From Massachusetts - How Many Do You Know?

    Massachusetts has produced a number of Football Players who have made it big. Check out this section to know more about them.

  • #3 NHL

    NHL is tied with the NFL for odds of going pro which are 1 in 1080.

  • #2 Soccer

  • #1 Baseball

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