The NFL AFL Merger

In 1960, the American Football League (AFL) was created and its existence challenged the dominance and popularity of the already established National Football League (NFL). The two leagues competed for players, creating ill will. When Joe Namath was given a $400,000 contract with the New York Jets in 1965, salaries began escalating quickly, forcing the leagues to find a solution. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law an antitrust exemption that allowed the NFL to merge with the AFL.Dan Daily of The Washington Times says of the time prior to the merger: “It was 10 years of us vs. them”. As part of the merger, the Superbowl was created to determine an overall champion between the NFL and AFL.

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Submitted by: Ilana Faber
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