Popularity Of Football

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There is no denying that Football is one of the most popular sports that exist. Ever since 1885, it has been one of America’s favorite sports. It became “football” by a combination of soccer and rugby. It first became popular in England back in the nineteenth century. Historians have done research to see how the sport has spread throughout the country. During this time, the popularity of football grew to college campuses such as Yale, Harvard, Rutgers, Brown, and Princeton. It was not until November 6th, 1869, that the first college football game was officially played at Princeton and Rutgers, and that is where the famous game of Football emerged. Football has quickly become one of the most popular, intriguing, and influencing …show more content…
The length of field goals was extended by ten yards, making any type of field goal very successful. The NFL also widened the goal posts to twenty three inches instead of eighteen. Football had a decline of popularity once the world entered World War II. The play and draft was decreased and merchandise suffered. This was not a great moment for Football, but it recovered quickly after the war ended. (Luzer, Richard) The American Football League or AAFC, came along in 1946. The AAFC became a serious threat to the NFL. They gained creditability and competition increased between them and the NFL. The competition between these two leagues made players get a higher salary. With both of these leagues growing, it drove in more fans and the increased popularity of football just got more intense. So intense, that people began to gamble and bet on Football teams. Now that the NFL had a rival team, it could have faced consequences between viewers, fans, and players. (Oriard, …show more content…
Millions of people tune in to watch the Super Bowl, making it the biggest television night in sport history. Although football is extremely popular in America, it has yet to catch on to other countries. Football brings in millions of dollars every year when it comes to the games, and the coaches are paid top dollar. (Danzig, Allison.)It is crazy to believe that just in 1991; a ticket to a football game was about twenty five dollars. The cheapest now would probably be seventy five—if that. That just proves how much football has evolved since the

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