National Football League
Now consisting of 32 teams from various American cities, the National Football League (NFL) has risen to national and international prestige after more than 80 years of existence. Founded in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, the organization changed its name to NFL in 1922, and since then went on to be rise and be considered as the premier American football league in the world. NFL’s biggest break came about in the 1960s-1970s when intense competition with then rival American Football League (AFL) set in. In the 1970 season, however, a merger with the AFL set in, greatly influencing NFL’s current makeup and geographic expanse, style of play, media coverage, playoffs and championship games. The Super Bowl, the sport’s premier championship game, is perhaps one of AFL’s greatest influence in NFL.
Aside from the Super Bowl, NFL currently administers the American Football Conference, the National Football Conference, and the all-star Pro Bowl held in Hawaii.