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The combined efforts of the American, Canadian, and National Football Leagues to prevent the 1965-1969 Continental Football League was what destroyed the new league. The three worked together to prevent the new league from obtaining a national television package, it prevented national exposure and much needed revenue the new league needed to survive and flourish. The three worked behind the scenes also to prevent accessible and major league stadiums from being rented to the new league. The vast amount of minority players was a direct threat that proved the three leagues had intentionally prevented minority players from becoming coaches, quarterbacks, centers, and middle linebackers.

There had been racial discrimination for decades in the NFL, just as in the early fifties as in the early years of the NBA, there were never an odd number of minority players on any of their teams. It was done to prevent a white player from having to room with a minority player on the road. Had the AAFC not merged into the NFL in 1950, it would have been many more years before the NFL would become integrated.

The mere idea that minority players were not capable of being a coach, or a quarterback, or a center, or a middle linebacker was simply absurd. There were often minority players in college football, major college football that operated in these positions, and succeeded extremely successfully. They, if given the opportunity to move up to the next level in these positions, would have proved successful.

Through the obvious efforts to support racial descrimination, it not only cheapened the sport, but, also cheated the fans of being able to follow the best calibre of the sport!

The Continental Football League World Champions from 1965-1969, challenged the champions of the Canadian Football League for a postseason exhibition game. The Canadian Football League refused each and every year, knowing full well whatever rules were utilized in the game, they would have been literally blown off the field by each Continental Football League Champion.

We will also never know how well the Charleston Rockets, Philadelphia Bulldogs, Orlando Panthers, and Indianapolis Capitols would have fared against the Superbowl Champions of 1965-1969. The 1965 Charleston Rockets would have been a very tough foe for both the Buffalo Bills and the Green Bay Packers. After Super Bowl I, Wayne Hardin challenged Vince Lombardi to play an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Bulldogs, and Vince simply said, I can not take a chance in getting beat by the Bulldogs!
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