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Where was the NFL started?

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The NFL (National Football League) evolved from an earlier league, the APFA (American Professional Football Association) in 1922.

AnswerThe NFL was formed on August 20, 1920 in Canton, Ohio. The idea to form a professional football league was developed by a number of businessman and players from semi-pro teams. Two determined supporters were A.E. Staley, owner of the Staley Starch Company and the Decatur Staleys football team in Decatur, Illinois and Ralph Hay, owner of of a Humpmobile Auto Company and the Canton, Ohio Bulldogs football team.

George S. Halas and nine other team representatives founded the American Professional Football Association. The membership fee was $110.00 per team. In 1922, the American Professional Football Association changed its name to the National Football League.

George Halas became the father of the NFL.

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The National Football League(NFL) was founded in 1920. The American Football League(AFL) was founded in 1960. The two leagues sustained a heavy rivalry until merging in 1970.

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1922 After admitting the use of players who had college eligibility remaining during the 1921 season, Clair and the Green Bay management withdrew from the APFA, January 28. Curly Lambeau promised to obey league rules and then used $50 of his own money to buy back the franchise. Bad weather and low attendance plagued the Packers, and Lambeau went broke, but local merchants arranged a $2,500 loan for the club. A public nonprofit corporation was set up to operate the team, with Lambeau as head coach and manager. The American Professional Football Association changed its name to the National Football League, June 24. The Chicago Staleys became the Chicago Bears. The NFL fielded 18 teams, including the new Oorang Indians of Marion, Ohio, an all-Indian team featuring Thorpe, Joe Guyon, and Pete Calac, and sponsored by the Oorang dog kennels. Canton, led by player-coach Guy Chamberlin and tackles Link Lyman and Wilbur (Pete) Henry, emerged as the league's first true powerhouse, going 10-0-2.

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In 1920, the Ohio League was suffering financial difficulties. On August 20, 1920, the owners of seven of those teams first met to draft a constitution of specific rules of operation, eliminate the bidding for players (one of the major reasons for the financial difficulties), set schedules, and agree to stop signing players still in college. There were 14 teams in the new league, which called itself the American Professional Football Association (APFA). In 1922, the league changed its name to the National Football League (NFL) that we have today.

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The NFL started as the American Professional Football Conference August 20, 1920.

The name was changed to the American Professional Football Association September 17, 1920.

On June 24, 1922 the owners decided another name change was needed and renamed the organization The National Football League.

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In 1920, the American Football League(AFL) started. Then, in 1922, it adopted the name, National Football League(NFL).

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In Canton, Ohio, in 1920.

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George "Papa Bear" Halas

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1920

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