The Birth of the New NFL: How the 1966 NFL/AFL Merger Transformed Pro Football

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The Birth of the New NFL: How the 1966 NFL/AFL Merger Transformed Pro Football

Format:  Paperback,

235 pages

Edition: Anniversary

Publisher: Globe Pequot Pr

Publish Date: Sep 2008

ISBN-13: 9781599211510

ISBN-10: 1599211513

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The year 1966 marked the birth of the National Football League as we know it, when owners in the NFL and the upstart American Football League agreed to an unprecedented merger, to take place at the start of the 1970 season. They also agreed to play, beginning at the end of the '66 season, a game between each league's champion--a game that came to be called The Super Bowl. "The Birth of the New NFL"" "tells the story of that historic season, leading to the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. It also tells the off-the-field story, the one between warring owners and cities--a story often more brutal than the one on the field. Larry Felser has interviewed the leading men of the day, from Al Davis and Jack Kemp, to Wellington Mara, Art Modell, Lamar Hunt, Gene Upshaw, Dan Rooney, and many others. He presents the struggles of top teams for the chance to represent their respective leagues in the biggest game ever, while also offering a behind-closed-doors view of the wheeling and dealing it took to reach the agreement.

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Publisher: Globe Pequot Pr
Publish Date: Sep 2008
ISBN-13: 9781599211510
ISBN-10: 1599211513
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 235
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.75
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9
Walmart No.: 9781599211510

Chapter outline

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. xi
The Preliminariesp. 1
Harry and Petep. 11
The Neighborsp. 22
The Acep. 32
Brooklyn Alp. 41
The NFL Owners in Shockp. 50
Show Them the Moneyp. 53
Texas Showdownp. 62
Cease Firep. 70
ANew Challengep. 76
The AFL Contendersp. 85
Manny Celler's Goal-Line Standp. 94
The Semifinalsp. 102
The Precursorp. 114
Vince's Crusadep. 120
Goliath Beats Davidp. 131
Unfinished Businessp. 139
Thin Revengep. 148
Triumphant Exitp. 157
Mickey Mouse Roarsp. 167
The Convincerp. 186
Aftermathp. 205
Team Relocation and League Expansionp. 214
Evolution of the National Football League (1959-2008)p. 215
Acknowledgmentsp. 224
Indexp. 227
About the Authorp. 236

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-09-01)

Some historical topics seem to be of perennial interest. The American Football League (AFL) had a major impact on the expansion of professional football in the 1960's. Although this expansion has been much covered, Felser offers a fresh perspective. Beat man for the Buffalo Bills from the start in 1960, he witnessed the struggles and triumphs of the insurgent league. While his book is ostensibly about the AFL-NFL merger, he supplies a great deal of informed background on the AFL in a delightful account that underscores how the competition between the two leagues created a better game by the end of the Sixties. For all libraries.

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The Birth of the New NFL tells the story of that historic season, leading to the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. It also tells the off-the- field story, the one between warring owners and cities-a story often more brutal than the one on the field. Larry Felser has interviewed the leading men of the day, from Al Davis and Jack Kemp to Wellington Mara, Art Modell, Lamar Hunt, Gene Upshaw, Dan Rooney, and many others. He presents the struggles of top teams for the chance to represent their respective leagues in the biggest game ever, and provides a gripping, behind-closed-doors account of the wheeling and dealing it took to reach the agreement.

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