Talk:AFL–NFL merger

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Despite Rozelle's pledge to the 89th United States Congress, many teams have moved since the merger.

Established teams that moved to a different city within the same metropolitan area: Arizona Cardinals: from eastern Phoenix suburb Tempe to western suburb Glendale in 2006 Buffalo Bills: from Buffalo to Orchard Park, NY in 1973 Dallas Cowboys from Dallas to Irving, TX in 1971 Detroit Lions: from Detroit to Pontiac in 1975 and back to Detroit in 2002 Los Angeles Rams: from Los Angeles to Anaheim in 1980 Miami Dolphins: from Miami to unincorporated northern Dade County (now the city of Miami Gardens) in 1987 Minnesota Vikings: from suburban Bloomington to downtown Minneapolis in 1982 Boston/New England Patriots: from Boston to Foxboro, MA in 1971 New York Giants: Queens to East Rutherford, NJ in 1976; relocated temporarily from The Bronx to New Haven, Connecticut in October 1973, and then to Queens in 1975 New York Jets: from Queens to East Rutherford, NJ in 1984 Washington Redskins: from Washington, D.C. to Landover, MD in 1997

a team moving from the city to the suburbs does NOT count as a relocation. Smith03 00:06, 9 July 2006 (UTC)

Does every one believe that the statement about teams moving was meant to be forever and also remember it took a court ruling to allow oakland to move in 1981 . and also during the last merger only 3 of the 7 all america football confrence teams joined the nfl . Ranul 07:47, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

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BetacommandBot (talk) 22:54, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

stats since merger[edit]

In the line about the Superbowls since the merger, it states that "one game was won by a team created after 1970" - shouldn't this be two. the Baltimore Ravens won in 2000 - and they are considered to be a new team that started in 1996 (rather than a continuation of the old Browns). Note that the numbers also only add up to 43 (12 AFL+30 NFL+ the one added since) and not 44 [or is that because it should be two added since?] (talk) 18:36, 24 June 2010 (UTC)


Enterpreneurs interested in other sports in North America would follow the AFL's example in competing with the established "major" leagues. In 1959, the Continental League was a proposed by William Shea as a third major league for baseball scheduled to begin play in the 1961 season. Unlike predecessor competitors such as the Players League and the Federal League, it sought membership within organized baseball's existing organization and acceptance within Major League Baseball. The league disbanded in August 1960 without playing a single game, as the other two leagues didn't want the extra competition. However, in order to stop the new league, each league allowed that they would be adding two new teams each, three of which ended up in the prospective CL cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Houston, and New York City. All proposed CL cities, except Buffalo, would later be granted MLB teams. In 1967, the American Basketball Association was formed with the explicit intent of merging teams with the National Basketball Association. In 1976, four of the six remaining teams of the ABA—the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs—were merged into the NBA. All the teams, except for the Nets who have been relocated between New Jersey and New York with a future move to Brooklyn pending, have remained in their present locations since entering the NBA. Yet, due to relocations and name changes, only the Indian Pacers have remained unchanged. In 1975 and 1976, the ABA proposed a champion game between the leagues at the end of the season much like the NFL-AFL championship, but the NBA turned each offer down. Today, except for Virginia, Kentucky, and any temporary locations ABA teams played in (including teams that were regional teams), all former ABA cities now have NBA teams. In 1972, the World Hockey Association formed to compete with the National Hockey League. The two entities merged in 1979, with four of the six remaining teams—the Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and the Winnipeg Jets—joining the NHL. However, only one of these teams, the Oilers, is still in its original market at the present. The other three are now the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes, respectively.-- (talk) 23:50, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Requested Move[edit]

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The result of the proposal was moved. --BDD (talk) 17:01, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

There was never any discussion for remaning the page to begin with. Plus, similar pages such as NHL–WHA merger and the ABA–NBA merger still use the abbreviations as opposed to the full league names. I request to move and rename back to the old name. Jgera5 (talk) 18:28, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

  • Support common name. Hot Stop talk-contribs 21:37, 17 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Support as the name in everyday use. If any proof is needed, look no further than the numerous books that have been written referring to it as the AFL-NFL merger. Not sure why it was moved before without discussion. --Batard0 (talk) 16:53, 19 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Support per points made above. -- The Writer 2.0 Talk 02:35, 20 July 2013 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.