Posted by xin xiu24 on 17. Aug 2016
Another exciting year of professional football is just ahead and the NFL has
made some changes to make it a better one for fans. This is the 87th NFL
football season which will culminate with SuperBowl XLI at Dolphins Stadium in
Attendance at NFL games has been at an all-time high and
television broadcast agreements have been lucrative so these changes aren't
solely for monetary gain for the league. The changes seem to appeal to all NFL
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with a game featuring two perennial winning teams, the Miami Dolphins and last
year's SuperBowl champs, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A new scheduling system
is being used this year. During the last 7 weeks of league play, the NFL is
using a flexible scheduling method. This was in response to a problem that's
plagued the league for years. Often late in the season, games between teams not
in contention for post season play would be televised during prime time
timeslots. Needless to say that that didn't respond to fan interest or
viewership, so the new scheduling will allow the league to feature the hottest
teams, or most popular teams, and those that fans are interested in watching,
particularly during the key Sunday and Monday night time slots. The start times
of games will be affected and games may be moved from Sunday afternoon to Sunday
2006 is the first year of new television broadcast deals between
the NFL and CBS and Fox networks. CBS and Fox signed new 6 year agreements that
will have them televise Sunday games. ESPN however, will take over broadcasting
Monday Night football games. The league will broadcast eight specialty games
between Thanksgiving and the end of the season.
A few rule changes have
come about in response to injuries during the 2005 season. Players cannot hit a
passer's knees or below their knees unless they are blocked into him. Groups of
players cannot dance in the endzone after a touchdown, but players can spike the
ball or dunk it through the goalposts. Player's are not allowed to tackle
another player from behind using the "horse collar" tackle and defensive players
cannot line up directly over the ball snapper during field goal and extra point
The 2006 season also features new uniforms for the officials
and a new NFL game ball. On-field game officials will wear long pants during the
cold winter months. The game ball will now be known as "The Duke" in honor of
the late owner of the New York Giants, Wellington Mara. The game balls will
continue to be made by Wilson Sports who have been providing footballs for the
NFL for 65 years.
Evolution of the National Football League
first professional football game in the United States took place in Latrobe
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during its first two years as the American Professional Football Association.
During the 1920's a player named Fred Grange of the Chicago Bears provided some
exciting play and stimulated fan support for the league which until then was
considered second rate compared to college football.
During the 1936
season, the NFL instituted a player draft and many talented players signed with
NFL teams including the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and New
After the second world war, the league instituted a new
rule that allowed players to be substituted between plays. This is how teams
were allowed to send separate 11 man defensive and offensive units onto the
field. In 1946, the All American Football Conference was created to compete with
the National Football League. The new league included the San Francisco 49ers,
the Baltimore Colts and the Los Angeles Dons. In 1950, the two leagues merged
creating two divisions: the NFC and the AFC. This began a prosperous era for the
NFL including television broadcast deals in the mid 1950's which brought the
game to a national level. New stars such as Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns,
and Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts became household names. This is the era
where NFL merchandise began to appear.
In 1966, the era of the SuperBowl
began. The playoff format was changed from a single championship game to a four
team tournament. During the 1970 season, the league was composed of 6 divisions
which created 6 first place teams. To create an 8-team championship tournament,
two wild card spots were created. In 1978 asics
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with the addition of the Houston Texans, the NFL created and 8 division league.
The playoffs were a 12 team tournament that began with a wild card round. The
top two division winners receive a bye to the division championships.
Through the years, a number of teams have enjoyed particular success in
winning the SuperBowl championship. The Green Bay Packers lead with 12
championships but only one SuperBowl win. The Chicago Bears similarly have 9
championships since 1920 and only one SuperBowl win. In the modern era since the
introduction of the SuperBowl Championship game, the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh
Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and Washington Redskins have
dominated league championships. The New England Patriots have become a dominant
team since 2000 with three championships.
Overall attendance at NFL games
has grown from 4.6 million in 1965 to more than 17 million during the 2005
season. Attendance has grown every year to where an average 68,000 fans attend
games, which is near 90 per cent of seating capacity. That is an amazing
achievement for any sporting league.
So get involved in the coming 2006
season by showing your support for your local or favorite team. Plenty of NFL
merchandise for your and your kids is available from a number of NFL shop
retailers. Online NFL merchandise sellers can
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