The NFL (National Football League) is a professional American football league that consists of 32 teams, which are equally divided between the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC). Moreover, it is among the highest professional level of American football in the world. Likewise, it is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America.
The NFL was found in 1920. Later, it renamed from the American Professional Football Association (APFA) to the National Football League in 1922 season. Later, it merged with the American Football League in 1966, which completed in 1970. Currently, the NFL is the highest average attendance of any professional sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the US. The executive officer is the broad authority in governing the league, and the players belong to the National Football League Players Association.
History of NFL
NFL did not have a set number of games for teams to play from 1920 to 1934. At the beginning of 1935, the league-mandated 12 regular seasons. Later trimming to 11 in 1937 and 10 in 1943. again, the NFL had 14 games in 1961, which became 16 games in 1978.
The NFL operated in a two-conference system from 1933 to 1966, meeting the champions of each conference in the NFL Championship Game. Moreover, it expanded from 15 items to 16 in 1967 and split each into four-team divisions. Also, they operated the Playoff Bowl from 1960 to 1969. However, the league discontinued because of the perception of fame for losers.
Following the addition of the AFL teams in 1970, two conferences split down into three divisions each. Also, they start adding wild cards. Going on, there were 32 teams in 2002.
Currently, using a pre-determined formula, 13 opponents each team faces over the 16 game regular sessions. The league runs for 17 weeks. Most of the games are played on Sundays, with a Monday night game held at least once a week, and Thursday night games on most weeks. NFL games rarely schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tseason’ sar season’s matchups are determined according to the scheduling team’s. A team’s home and away opponents are known by the end of the year’s regular season. However, the exact date and time cannot be determined until much later, as the league has to account for. Likewise, many other things like the Major Baseball postseason, and local events that could pose a scheduling conflict with the NFL games.
The NFL uses three different trophies to honor the champion over its existence. The first trophy, the Brunswick-Balke Collender Cup; a second trophy, the Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy; and a third and a current trophy, Vince Lombardi Trophy.