The Founding of the American Football League

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This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the founding of the American Football League.  Most did not take consider the AFL a serious competitor at the beginning.  NFL owners scoffed at the inferior league, and they had reason to believe the AFL would not survive.  Players often preferred the NFL, the stadiums were rundown, fans did not flock to the stands, and the owners were losing money.  However, it didn’t take long before the AFL earned respect from the NFL.  This episode covers the first few years of the American Football League history.  So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph.

 

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LINKS FROM THE SHOW

NFL.com – Creating the NFL Schedule

Sports Broadcast Hall of Fame – Val Pinchbeck

ESPN Article – Pinchbeck, 73, Struck in NYC

NY Times – Val Pinchbeck

LA Times – NFL schedule-making team

USA Today – The Science of Setting the NFL Schedule

YouTube – NFL Films – The Making of the NFL Schedule

 

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