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The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, split evenly between the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). The NFL is one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada and the highest level of professional American football in the world.[5] Each NFL season begins in August with a three-week preseason. is followed by an 18-week regular season that runs from early September to early January, with each team playing 17 games and one bye week. After the end of the regular season, seven teams from each conference (four division winners and three wild-card teams) advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament that culminates in the Super Bowl, which is contested in February. and is played between. AFC and NFC Conference Champions. The league is headquartered in New York City.
American Professional Football Conference (1920)
American Professional Football Association
the game
American football
17 September 1920; 102 years ago
Canton, Ohio, US.[1][2]
The inaugural season
Roger Goodell
Number of teams
United States[A]
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The most recent
The champion
Los Angeles Rams
(fourth title)
Most titles
Green Bay Packers
(13 titles)
TV partner
United States[4]
NFL Network
Telemundo Deportes
See the list
Official website
The NFL was formed in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) before being renamed the National Football League for the 1922 season. After initially determining champions by season-ending standings, a playoff system was implemented in 1933 that culminated in the NFL Championship Game in 1966. Following the NFL’s merger agreement with the rival American Football League (AFL), the Super Bowl was first held in 1967 to determine the champion between the two leagues’ best teams, and since the merger was completed in 1970 as the last game of each NFL season. The NFL has the highest average attendance (67,591) of any professional sports league in the world[7] and is the most popular sports league in the United States.[8] The Super Bowl is also the largest club in the world. is one of the most-watched sports events, [9] with individual games accounting for many of the most-watched television programs in American history and all of them in Nielsen’s top 5 most-watched television programs in American history.


I am included. As of 2015, the NFL is the richest professional sports league in terms of television broadcast[10] revenue[11] and the sports league with the most valuable teams.[12]

The Green Bay Packers hold the most combined NFL championships with thirteen, winning nine titles before the Super Bowl era and four Super Bowls since. Since the creation of the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for the most Super Bowl victories with six. The Los Angeles Rams are the current league champions, as they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23–20 in Super Bowl LVI on February 13, 2022, ending the 2021 season.


Foundation and History
On August 20, 1920, representatives of the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, and Dayton Triangles met at the Jordan and Hip Mobile Auto Showroom in Canton, Ohio.[13] The meeting resulted in the formation of the American Professional Football Conference ( (APFC) was formed, a group which, according to the Canton Evening Repository, was “concerned with raising the standard of professional football by all means possible, eliminating player bidding between rival clubs and setting the schedule.” Securing cooperation[14]

Another meeting was held on September 17, 1920, with representatives from teams from four states: Akron, Canton, Cleveland, and Dayton from Ohio; Hammond Pro and Muncie Flyers from Indiana; Rochester Jefferson from New York; and the Rock Island Independents, Decatur Steelers, and Racine (Chicago) Cardinals of Illinois.[15][16] The league was renamed the American Professional Football Association (APFA).[14] The league named Jim Thorpe. elected its first president, and consisted of 14 teams (the Buffalo All-Americans, Chicago Tigers, Columbus Panhandles and Detroit Heralds joined the league during the year). The Massillon Tigers of Massillon, Ohio were also at the September 17 meeting, but did not field a team in 1920. Only two of those teams, the Decatur Steelers (now the Chicago Bears) and the Chicago Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals), remained in the NFL. Although the league did not maintain official standings for its inaugural 1920 season and the teams played schedules that included non-league opponents, the APFA awarded the championship to the Akron Pros because of their 8-0.-3 record. [18] The first occurred on September 26, 1920, when the Rock Island Independents defeated the nonleague St.


Paul Idols 48–0 at Douglas Park.[13][19] October 3, 1920 marked the first full week of league play. .[20][21] The following season resulted in the Chicago Stallies controversially winning the title over the Buffalo All-Americans. On June 24, 1922, the APFA changed its name to the National Football League (NFL).[23][24]

In 1932, the season ended with the Chicago Bears (6–1–6) and the Portsmouth Spartans (6–1–4) who finished first in the league standings.[25] At the time, teams were ranked on the same table and the team with the highest winning percentage at the end of the season (including ties, which was not counted in the standings) was declared champion. The only tiebreaker was that in the event of a tie if two teams played twice in a season, the result of the second game would determine the title (the source of the 1921 controversy). This method had been used since the league’s inception in 1920, but there had never been a situation where two teams were tied for first. The league quickly decided that a playoff game between Chicago and Portsmouth was needed to decide the league champion. The teams were originally scheduled to play a playoff game, officially a regular season game that counted in the regular season standings, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, but a combination of heavy snow and extreme cold forced the game to be moved inside Chicago. What did The stadium, which did not have a regulation size football field. Playing with changed rules to accommodate the smaller playing field, the Bears won the game 9–0 and thus won the championship. Fan interest in a de facto championship game led the NFL to split into two divisions beginning in 1933 with a championship game between the division champions.[26] The 1934 season marked the first of twelve seasons. was also in which African Americans were absent from the league. The de facto ban was lifted in 1946 after public pressure and the lifting of a similar ban in Major League Baseball.[27]

The NFL has always been the largest professional football league in the United States. Despite this, it faced a number of rival professional leagues in the 1930s and 1940s. Competing leagues include at least three separate American Football Leagues and the All-American Football Conference (AAFC), topped by various regional leagues of varying caliber. Three NFL teams trace their histories from these rival leagues. The Los Angeles Rams who came from the 1936 iteration of the American Football League, and the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers, both from the AAFC. By the 1950s, the NFL had an effective monopoly on professional football in the United States. Its only competition in North America was the professional Canadian football circuit, which formally became the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1958. With Canadian football being a different football code than the American game, the CFL established and still maintains a niche market in Canada. As an independent league. A new professional league, the Fourth American Football League (AFL), began play in 1960. The early AFL began to challenge the established NFL in popularity, securing lucrative television contracts and engaging in bidding wars with the NFL. For free agents and draft picks. The two leagues announced a merger on June 8, 1966, which would take full effect in 1970. The game, the Super Bowl, was held four times prior to merger, with the NFL winning Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II, and the AFL winning Super Bowl III and Super Bowl IV.[28] After the league merged, it was divided into two conferences. Reorganized: The National Football Conference (NFC), which includes most of the pre-merger NFL teams, and the American Football Conference (AFC), which includes all of the AFL teams. Three pre-merger NFL teams.


Today, the NFL is the most popular sports league in North America[30] – much of the league’s growth and popularity is attributed to former commissioner Pete Rozelle, who led the league from 1960 to 1989. Total annual attendance exceeded 3 million. 17 million by the end of his tenure, and 400 million worldwide viewers watched the 1989 Super Bowl XXIII.[31] The NFL established NFL properties in 1963. NFL Properties, the league’s licensing wing, generates billions of dollars annually for the league. Rozelle’s tenure also saw the creation of NFL Charities and a national partnership with the United Way. [31] Paul Tagliabue was elected to replace Rozelle as commissioner; His 17-year tenure, which ended in 2006, saw major increases in television contracts and the addition of four expansion teams, [32] as well as introducing league initiatives to increase the number of minorities in league and team management roles. Done.

[33] The league’s current commissioner, Roger Goodell, has focused on reducing the number of illegal hits and making the game safer, primarily by fining or suspending players who violate the rules.[34] ] These are among the many steps taken by the NFL to reduce concussions and improve player safety. Prior to 2021, the NFL used a race-based adjustment for dementia claims in a $1 billion settlement of concussion claims, which critics called “race norming” before the NFL decided to end it. ” was called.

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