Much like the film and entertainment industry, star icons are often found in sports logos. Stars are a patriotic symbol, which very much aligns with the fan base for each state’s sports teams.
The National Football League (NFL) is a good example. The NFL emblem logo features 8 stars, which literally represents the 8 divisions currently used in the NFL, but also figuratively represents the American flag.
Now consider the Dallas Stars, a professional ice hockey team. Their 3D logo is made up of the team name’s initial lay on top of a star. The star icon looks almost reminiscent of a hockey puck. Another example is the Houston Astros, a professional baseball team, who went with a logo that is designed to look like an old-fashioned baseball.