The Birth of the New NFL

The Birth of the New NFL

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by Larry Felser
     
 

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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

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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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“A riveting insight into the men and egos who created the uniquely American spectacle we call pro football.”—Tim Russert
Library Journal

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 1960s. 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.


—John Maxymuk

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599211510
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/16/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Larry Felser is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America. In 1983 he was elected to the writers’ wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He reported on the Buffalo Bills from their inception through 1962 for the Buffalo Courier-Express and from 1963 through 1976 for the Buffalo News.

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The Birth of the New NFL 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All thtey have is the interdoction
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven't read but love his other football book