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The NFL

Jan 25, 2023
03:47:35

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  • The NFL's success is attributed to a league-first mindset prioritizing competitive balance and revenue sharing.
  • The NFL recognized the revenue potential of television and struck deals to broadcast games, establishing television as a significant revenue stream.

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The Birth of Professional Football

The NFL and the AFC were both formed in the early 1900s, with the NFL being the dominant league. The NFL owners embraced a league-first mindset, prioritizing competitive balance and revenue sharing. They implemented strategies like scheduling and the draft to maintain competitiveness. Meanwhile, the AFC struggled due to the dominance of the Cleveland Browns, leading to their eventual merger with the NFL. The NFL began to recognize the potential of television as a revenue stream and made deals to broadcast games, especially away games. The popularity of television broadcasts increased over time, leading to the growth of the NFL and the rise of national televised football games.

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