When the American Football League first took the field in 1960, team and league officials alike were exploring any manner possible of promoting the new league. Television was, of course, a critical component in their plan to get the new game out to the fans. This excellent video illustrates how television helped to ensure the ultimate success of the AFL, and how, in turn, broadcasting AFL games helped change how professional sports were covered.
Television and the AFL
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Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.