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In 1932, the National Football League (NFL) consisted of eight franchises. Three of them played their home games at sites in the New York City metropolitan area while two others were in Chicago, Illinois and one each in Boston, Massachusetts, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Portsmouth, Ohio. After the regular season ended, the Cincinnati Celts and Pittsburgh Steelers joined the league as expansion teams in 1933 while the Philadelphia Eagles replaced the defunct Frankford Yellow Jackets franchise and the Staten Island Stapletons ceased their operations.
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References for this chapter’s contents include such books as (Jozsa and Guthrie 1999; Jozsa 2010; Peterson 1997; King 1994; Quirk and Fort 1992). For recent financial data of NFL franchises, see Badenhausen et al. 2013, http://www.forbes.com. 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.
Besides ranking 28th among NFL teams in their estimated market value during 2013, the Detroit Lions ranked 27th with $ 248 million in revenue and the only team with an operating loss. In addition, the club’s 31 % debt/value ratio was fourth highest in the league. See Badenhausen et al. 2013.
From 2000 to 2013, the Redskins were in three playoffs and won the ED in 2012. After suffering a knee injury during a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Robert Griffin III did not play during the last few games of the 2013 season. While fans are losing confidence in the team to return to its glory days of the 1980s and early 1990s, owner Daniel Snyder fends off suggestions from such people as President Barack Obama to change its nickname. For the Redskins’ problems, see Gay 2013.
The Boston Yanks are the only defunct NFL team to have the first overall draft pick twice. In both years, they selected a quarterback from the University of Notre Dame. These athletes were Angelo Bertelli in 1944 and then Frank Dancewicz in 1946. After the Yanks moved to New York in 1949, professional football returned to Boston in 1960 with formation of the AFL’s Boston Patriots.
See Appendix A’s Table A5 for the metropolitan area populations of five NFL teams before and after they moved in years during 1934–1960. Except for the Redskins in 1937 and Cardinals in 1960, the three other teams relocated from less-to-more populated areas.
- During League Reorganization
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