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From the 1953 to 1959 seasons, the same six teams played in the Eastern Conference (EC) and another six in the Western Conference (WC) of the National Football League (NFL). Because of financial problems and lack of competitive balance among them in each conference, the league did not expand in size during this period or otherwise approve the entry of new teams in such sports markets, for example, as Houston, Texas or Miami, Florida. Although some ambitious, prominent, and wealthy individuals and business organizations sought to bid for, purchase, and locate new professional football franchises at sites in various cities of metropolitan areas within the United States (US) and finance their operations, NFL officials rejected all applications.
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References for this chapter’s contents include such books as (Jozsa and Guthrie 1999; Jozsa 2010; Peterson 1997; King 1994). For recent financial data of NFL franchises, see Badenhausen et al. 2013. The league’s history is in the Official 2013 NFL Record & Fact Book (New York, NY: National Football League, 2013), and “History of NFL Franchises, 1920–Present” at http://www.profootballhof.com cited 19 November 2013.
For other sources about the AFL and its teams, see Gruver 1997; Miller 2004; “History: The AFL” at http://www.profootballhof.com cited 10 January 2014; Cross 2014.
For the prospects of another former AFL team, the San Diego Chargers failed to finish above 0.500 for the third straight year in 2012 and their front office felt the impact. Attendance to home games fell during each of the last five years and the team did not raise its ticket prices in 6 years. In 2012, the average ticket to Chargers home games was $ 80 and slightly above the league average, but the team cut prices again for the 2013 NFL season. While other clubs increased their prices in recent years, the Chargers slashed them. When Anschutz Entertainment Group collaborated with the city of Los Angeles to build a $ 1 billion stadium, many Chargers fans expected their team would flee 120 miles north and eventually play in the new stadium. Chargers Chief Executive Officer Dean Spanos said the team wants to stay in place, but the Chargers have been fighting for a new stadium in San Diego for 11 years to no avail. Thus, the team is a candidate for relocating from San Diego to Los Angeles within one or more years. See the San Diego Chargers’ profile in the article “NFL Team Values: The Business of Football” at http://www.forbes.com cited 2 December 2013.
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Frank P. Jozsa Jr.
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