O.J. Simpson is already one of the most popular American rugby players. Because the NFL and AFL were completely unequal at the time in terms of the number of talented players, no one expected much in their first year.
They were also not surprised. The opening match took place at the Los Angles Stadium quite different from any previous rugby match. The highest fare was only $ 12 but about a third of the stadium’s seats were left empty.
CBS and NBC both broadcast the match, where royalties were only paid 1 million dollars each. Even before Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers could overwhelm Kansas City Chiefs with the score 35-10, the fans were discouraged to leave.
But that soon changed. When Broadway Joe Namath secured victory for his New York Jets team at the Third Super Bowl, it was then that the Roman numerals used to distinguish the annual tournament no longer. The Super Bowl became a nationwide concern, and American football became a creed throughout the country.
Rozelle handles everything from marketing her stars to selling related goods. And that worked. When the federation negotiated a 5-year television contract with CBS. Great new stadiums were built all over the country to serve them.
And cities without a team were quick to scramble to buy new teams as well as those that had no expectation in their home country. New opponents like the United State Football League have sprung up, but beyond that, the NFL and their players are still growing.
The first labor dispute unrest in the NFL emerged in 1971 and 1974, when demonstrators boycotted a pre-season boycott leading to some changes. Players became indignant at the ever-increasing stream of income flowing only into the pockets of the owners.
They claim 55 percent for their share. The boss declined and the first strike in the league’s history took place. This resulted in 98 games being abandoned within eight weeks.
The settlement included a significant increase in the player’s salary. But bosses also refuse to be asked to have a fixed amount of the team’s income.