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How the modern NFL was built
« on: September 03, 2018, 02:49:14 PM »

Team                                          Founded         History
Chicago/St.Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals    09/17/1898      1898-1920 (IND), 1921-1959/1960-1987/1988-1993/1994-present
Green Bay Packers                             08/11/1919      1919-1920 (IND), 1921-present
Decatur Staleys/Chicago Staleys/Chicago Bears 09/07/1919      1919 (IND), 1920/1921/1922-present
APFL/NFL                                      09/20/1920      1920-1921/1922-present
New York Giants                               08/01/1925      1925-present
Portsmouth Spartans/Detroit Lions             07/12/1930      1930-1933/1934-present
Boston Braves/Redskins/Washington Redskins    07/09/1932      1932/1933-1936/1937-present
Philadelphia Eagles                           07/08/1933      1933-present
Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers                   07/08/1933      1933-1939/1940-present
Cleveland/Los Angeles/St. Louis/LA Rams       02/12/1937      1937-1942, 1944-1945/1946-1994/1995-2016/2017-preset
AAFC                                          06/04/1944      1946-1949
Cleveland Browns                              06/04/1944      1946-1949 (AAFC), 1950-1995, 1999-present (NFL)
San Francisco 49ers                           06/04/1944      1946-1949 (AAFC), 1950-present (NFL)
Baltimore Colts/Indianapolis Colts            12/28/1946      1947-1949 (AAFC), 1950-1983, 1984-present (NFL)
AFL                                           08/14/1959      1959-1969
Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs              08/14/1959      1960-1962/1963-69 (AFL), 1970-present (NFL)
Denver Broncos                                08/14/1959      1960-1969 (AFL), 1970-present (NFL)
Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans     08/14/1959      1960-1969 (AFL), 1970-1996 (NFL)/1997-1998/1999-present
Los Angeles/San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers    08/14/1959      1960/1961-1969 (AFL), 1970-2017/2018-present (NFL)
New York Titans/Jets                          08/14/1959      1960-62/1963-1969 (AFL), 1970-present (NFL)
Buffalo Bills                                 10/28/1959      1960-6199 (AFL), 1970-present (NFL)
Boston/New England Patriots                   11/22/1959      1960-1969 (AFL), 1970-present (NFL)
Dallas Cowboys                                01/28/1960      1960-present
Minnesota Vikings                             01/28/1960      1961-present
Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders           01/30/1960      1960-1969 (AFL), 1970-1981/1982-1994/1995-Present (NFL)
Atlanta Falcons                               06/30/1965      1966-present
Miami Dolphins                                08/16/1965      1966-1969 (AFL), 1970-present (NFL)
AFL-NFL Merge, Superbowls                     06/08/1966      1966-1969
New Orleans Saints                            11/01/1966      1967-present
Cincinnati Bengals                            05/23/1967      1968-69 (AFL), 1970-present (NFL)
NFL now AFC-NFC                               03/01/1970      1970-present
Tampa Bay Buccaneers                          04/24/1974      1976-present
Seattle Seahawks                              06/04/1974      1976-present
Carolina Panthers                             10/26/1993      1995-present
Jacksonville Jaguars                          11/30/1993      1995-present
Baltimore Ravens                              02/09/1996      1996-present
Cleveland Browns NFL record 3 undefeated seasons - '96, '97, '98.
Houston Texans                                10/06/1999      2002-present

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Re: How the modern NFL was built
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2018, 07:23:01 PM »
AFL - NFL didn't merge until 1970.  They were two different leagues until the merger.  Different rules, different commissioners.   
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Re: How the modern NFL was built
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2018, 08:53:03 PM »
The merger was negotiated in '65, started in '66, and was complete in '70. In the intervening period they had a joint draft and the superbowls. You know that 'cause our first two superbowls were during that period.

The merger was negotiated in secret between the cowboys and the chiefs, then presented to the two leagues for a vote.

They also agreed to let in two new franchises, one each - that's where the bengals and saints came from.

And of course in '70 the colts, steelers and browns switched sides to even things out.

Note that since '66 new franchises come in pairs.
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Re: How the modern NFL was built
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2018, 08:39:59 AM »
The merger was negotiated in '65, started in '66, and was complete in '70. In the intervening period they had a joint draft and the superbowls. You know that 'cause our first two superbowls were during that period.

The merger was negotiated in secret between the cowboys and the chiefs, then presented to the two leagues for a vote.

They also agreed to let in two new franchises, one each - that's where the bengals and saints came from.

And of course in '70 the colts, steelers and browns switched sides to even things out.

Note that since '66 new franchises come in pairs.
Yes they did things together. But officially not one league.  Like I said, they had different rules, commissioners and filed taxes separately. That is different leagues working together, not one merged league.   No matter how much the NFL pushes it, you can't rewrite history.  The first four super bowls should have been separated out from those played after 1970.   AFL had the two point conversion for example. That didn't come to the NFL until years later.   
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