Super Bowl History
The National Football League (NFL) started in 1920. Over the years it fended off several rival leagues. In 1960 the American Football league seriously challenged the NFL. What followed was an intense competitive war for players and fans, leading to serious merger talks between the two leagues in 1966, and culminating in a merger announcement on June 8, 1966. The Super Bowl was created as part of this merger agreement .
The first Super Bowl game was played on January 15, 1967, as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. In this game the NFL championship team played against the champion of the AFL for the "World Championship of Professional Football".
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