The National Football League is an American football league made up of 32 teams. The 32 teams are divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC). Each year the winners from each conference compete in the NFL championship game, known as the Super Bowl.
We’ve now reached the king of professional sports. According to Forbes.com, the combined operating income of the league’s 32 squads was $984.5 million in 2005. You should also consider that the average NFL team is worth $898 million, which is 212% higher than it was in 1998.
Mr. Goodell has been instrumental in many league accomplishments including expansion, realignment, stadium development, ad international development, launch of the NFL Network, negotiations for the NFL’s television agreements and the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association.
Roger Goodell was named commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) in 2006. His career with the NFL began in 1982 as an administrative intern. During his tenure he worked in public relations and administration, as Assistant to the President of the American Football Conference, in various business operations roles and as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer prior to becoming Commissioner.
For 32 years, the NFL operated under a six-division format. But in 2002, when expansion pushed the league to 32 teams, a shift was made to today's eight-division format.
Today, the NFL is currently divided into two conferences with 16 teams in each. The AFC (American Football Conference) consists mainly of teams that were originally in the AFL (American Football League), while the NFC (National Football Conference) is made up of mostly pre-merger NFL franchises.
The first two Super Bowls proved the NFC (the former NFL) to be the better league, with Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers handling their AFC challenger easily. In Super Bowl III, however, Joe Namath and the New York Jets upset the favored Baltimore Colts and ushered in a new era of greater parity between the two leagues.
On this day in 1966, the rival National Football League (NFL) and American Football League (AFL) announce that they will merge. The first "Super Bowl" between the two leagues took place at the end of the 1966 season, though it took until the 1970 season for the leagues to unite their operations and integrate their regular season schedules.
National Football league formed with 10 teams:
New York Giants
Green Bay Packers
Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans
Professional football came into being in the roaring 20's. A hand full of teams would barnstorm around the country via train to play each other, or maybe, a team that was made up of the local populace. The organization that was made up of teams like the Canton Bulldogs, Pottsville Maroons, Frankford Yellowjackets, and the Deluth Eskimos was loosely run at best, but people did come to watch them play, and the ink in the press was fairly positive.
Professional football is today the most popular sport in America and the National Football League is the most valuable and profitable sports business in the world. The league sold more than 17 million game tickets in 2008 and an estimated three-quarters of the American population watched at least one NFL game on television.