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I BEGAN A WEBSITE FOR WHAT i STILL BELIEVE TO HAVE BEEN THE THIRD LEAGUE OF AMERICAN MAJOR PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL OF THE 1960'S,, of the 1965-1969 Continental Football League. It had as its first commissioner, Albert "Happy" Chandler, who was the commissioner of baseball when Jackie Robinson broke the color line in the National League in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Lary Doby with the Cleveland Indians the same year in the American League. For those who have forgotten, or never knew, Happy Chandler had also been in the Jim Crow South, a Senator and Governor of the State of Kentucky. Happy was an honest man, who was also fair, and saw the inhumanity around him toward those that were not white. As the first commissioner of the new Continental Football League, he guided the league through its first season, and had secured a contract with ABC ( without a major professional football contract since 1963 ) for MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, which would begin televising games of the league in 1966. The owners, who thought that they knew everything, disagreed with Happy on the direction of the league, and he resigned. Not long after that resignation took place, the NFL stole the Monday Night contract out from behind their backs and left the new league without major television exposure for two years in a row. In 1966. If Chandler had remained commissioner of the new league, the NFL would not have tried to steal the contract, with Chandler's ties to politicians in Washington, D.C. The league secured a new contract with the new United Network/Overmyer Network which was a new national broadcasting television corporation.It was set to televise the Continental Football League in 1967, however, NBC bought the entire network to prevent once again the Continental Football League from getting national exposure, and again much needed revenue. What is most apparent in the composition of the new league, is that for its five years of existence, it had more minority players on its rosters from 1965-1969, than the combined American, Canadian, and National Football Leagues.This may have been why the combined NFL worked so hard to keep the Continental Football League from succeeding! Just look at the team photos of the NFL from 1950 on, and also the AFL and the Canadian Football League, and note how few players of color were on their rosters. Look at the free website,;, Password:-boggie and look at the team photos, and note the difference.For years, it was accepted in the NFL and the AFL and the Canadian Football league, that minority players, blacks especially were not capable of being a quarterback, or a center, or a middle linebacker. In 1965, John Henry Jackson led the Toronto Rifles to the league's first Eastern Conference Championship in 1965. In 1969 Johnny Walton led the Indianapolis Capitols to the last World Championship of the league in 1969, against the San Antonio Toros. The NFL/AFL also kept the young league from securing major league stadiums. The Philadelphia Bulldogs were forced to play in antiquated Temple University Stadium, away from easy transportation access, when the team could have shared historic Franklin Field. For years the Dallas Rockets tried to secure a lease with the Cotton Bowl, and they never got a chance to play there. The El Paso Jets were all set to play in the Sun Bowl, and they were prevented from doing so. The Tulsa Thunderbirds who had played for three seasons in Skelley Field in Tulsa, as soon as they joined the Continental Football League, that stadium was no longer available. The Brooklyn Dodgers were supposed to be able to play at Shea Stadium, and were forced to go to Downing Stadium, well known as the graveyard for professional football teams in New York City. The five year league had blacks, hispanics, asians, native americans, and even a professional football player out of Tokyo University that played early on with the 1967 Victoria Steelers. There were also assistant minority coaches, and assistant minority player-coaches of color, and in fact, one was not only a player assistant coach, but, mid season took over as head coach. The NFL worked very hard to prevent the young Continental Football League from becoming a permanent part of major professional football, since it in itself was truly an equal opportunity place for all football players to participate together
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