Untitled timeline

Early Days

Beginning of NFL: Rutgers v. Princeton, variation of rugby

1869 - 1870

Regional Leagues

1870 - 1921

National Football League Formation

1920 - 1923

Weak Teams Eliminated

1927 - 1928

NFL game airs on TV (NBC), starts its rise over MLB

1939 - 1940

NFL Grows Up

Team Branding Begins

1948 - 1960

NFL Properties Created

1953 - 1954

Lucrative TV Contracts Born: $35m from NBC / $28.2 from CBS

1964 - 1965

NBC offers the AFL $36 million for five years, while CBS gives the NFL $28.2 million for two years

Football Beats Baseball as Favorite Sport

1965 - 1966

First Super Bowl

1967 - 1968

AFL/NFC Merger

1970 - 1971

First Half-Time Concert

1982 - 1983

Super Bowl Advertising Takes Off With Apple's 1984 Ad

1984 - 1985

International Expansion

World League of American Football (WLAF) Launched to Serve as a Spring League

1991 - 1993

NFL Europe Games Limited Broadcast In U.S. Saturdays and Sundays

1991 - 2008

WLAF Goes On Hiatus

1993 - 1995

Name Shortened to World League

1995 - 1998

Renamed NFL Europe

1998 - 2006

Renamed NFL Europa to Reflect Name Used in most European Languages

2006 - 2007

NFL Europa Disbanded, Losing $30m/year

2007 - 2008