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Informative History of the NFL/AFL Merger

By C Douglas Baker On November - 27 - 2010

The Birth of the New NFL: How the 1966 NFL/AFL Merger Transformed Pro Football by Larry Felser
The Lyons Press 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59921-151-0

Despite the stodgy prose, this is a comprehensive history of the merger between the American Football League and the National Football League in 1966. 

The most informative aspect of this book is the story behind the formation and advancement of the upstart American Football League when several wealthy (and some not so wealthy) businessmen wanted into the professional football fold.  Thwarted by the NFL and desiring a team, it was Lamar Hunt, owner of the Dallas Texans (later the Kansas City Chiefs) that really brought the AFL to fruition and helped create a league that was competitive with the long established NFL.

The story behind the merger is equally as fascinating, especially the clear lack of trust AFL commissioner Al Davis had among owners, as they essentially worked for a merger behind his back while he was taking an "all out, go to war" approach in trying to ...

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