American Football League (1936-50)
The American Football League (1936-50) was a professional American football league based in New York City. Founded in 1936 as the American Association (AA), it was as a minor league circuit with teams in New York and New Jersey. The AA extended its reach to Providence, Rhode Island prior to the onset of World War II. After a four-year wartime hiatus, the league returned as the American Football League as it expanded to include teams in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The American Association was the first minor football league with a working arrangement with the National Football League as a system of farm clubs, beginning with the purchase of the Stapleton Buffaloes (which played one game as the New York Tigers) by New York Giants owner Tim Mara in 1937.
In the late 1930s and 1940s, the league enjoyed popularity comparable to that of the more established NFL of 1920/1922 despite being in direct competition. In 1949 and 1950, the league was adversely affected by the instability of membership. After starting its last season with six teams, only two league members survived to the end of the year. This iteration of the AFL folded in 1950.
|Long Island Indians||Valley Stream, New York||Firemen's Memorial Field||1940-41, 1946-47|
|Paterson Panthers||Paterson, New Jersey||Hinchcliffe Stadium||1936-41, 1946-50|
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|Baseball||College baseball • Major League Baseball • Minor League Baseball|
|Basketball||American Basketball Association • College basketball • National Basketball Association|
|Football||All-America Football Conference • American Football League (1936-50) • American Football League • Atlantic Coast Football League • Canadian Football League • College football • Continental Football League • National Football League • NFL Europe • United States Football League • World Football League|
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|Tennis||Australian Open • US Open|