Pro Football Hall of Fame Game

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is an annual National Football League (NFL) exhibition game that is held the weekend of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's induction ceremonies. The game is played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which is located adjacent to the Hall of Fame building in Canton, Ohio. It is traditionally the first game played in the NFL preseason for any given year, marking the end of the NFL's six-month off-season.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Game
Tom Benson HOF Stadium-July2017
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium before the start of the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game

Recent and upcoming games
2019 season
Atlanta Falcons vs Denver Broncos

Team selection

The two teams that play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game are typically selected by the league in advance of the remainder of the preseason schedule. The participants are usually announced around the time that the new Hall of Fame members are announced, which coincides with Super Bowl week. Often, if a particularly notable player will be entering the Hall of Fame that year, a team they were strongly associated with may be selected to play in the game to help maximize attendance and publicity of the game itself. From 1971 to 2010, the opponents for each game usually included one AFC team and one NFC team. In 2009, as recognition of the 50th anniversary of the American Football League, the game paired two AFC teams who were part of the "original eight" franchises of the AFL, the Tennessee Titans (dressed as their previous incarnation, the Houston Oilers) and the Buffalo Bills, whose owner, Ralph Wilson, was inducted into the Hall that year. An all-NFC matchup was scheduled for 2011,[1] but it was canceled due to the 2011 NFL lockout; the following year, another intra-conference matchup of two NFC teams took its place. From 2011 onward, each team selected to play in the game has had at least one prominent alumnus being inducted into the Hall that year.

Because this game and the Hall of Fame's induction ceremonies are scheduled on the weekend before the league's regular four-week exhibition season begins, both teams end up playing five exhibition games instead of the normal four, and unlike the Canadian Football League (which plays its two-game exhibition season over three weeks), the league does not remove one.

The last four expansion teams to have been added to the league each played in the Hall of Fame Game as their first game. In 1995, expansion clubs Jacksonville and Carolina played each another, and in 2002, Houston was one of the participants. When the Cleveland Browns returned to the league with a rebooted roster in 1999, they too played in the Hall of Fame Game. The Baltimore Ravens, while officially considered as being established in 1996, did not play in the Hall of Fame Game until 2018. With the Ravens' participation in the 2018 game, all 32 current NFL teams have now played in the Hall of Fame game at least once.

Scheduling

Prior to the AFL–NFL merger, the Hall of Fame Game was played in August or September, in some cases at the end of the preseason. In 1970, it was moved to the beginning of the preseason. Prior to 2002, it was not uncommon for the game to be played in July. Since 2002, when the league permanently moved the start of the season to the weekend after Labor Day, the game has always been played in early August.

The 2011 game was originally scheduled between the St. Louis Rams and the Chicago Bears, but the game was canceled due to an ongoing labor dispute that had disrupted nearly all league activity during the 2011 offseason. The two clubs had set a deadline of July 22 to ratify a resolution in enough time to prepare for the game. The league and players did not ratify the agreement until July 25, forcing cancellation of the game.

The 2016 edition, which was scheduled to be played between the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts, was canceled due to unsafe playing conditions. Mike Silver of NFL.com reported that on the morning of game day, it was discovered the logos at midfield and the end zones had been painted using paint which was not intended for use on the newly installed FieldTurf. Subsequently, the paint had not fully dried, and officials heated the field to speed up the drying process, causing the turf's rubber to melt; the affected areas were described as being slick and "like cement," making it impossible to get decent footing. Stadium officials attempted to address this by applying paint thinner to the turf, but a Packers employee noticed a label warning that this substance could result in burns when exposed to skin, and alerted them to the discovery.

In deciding to cancel the game, the league and the Players Association cited safety concerns.[2][3][4] Both teams were told at 6:40 p.m., an hour and 20 minutes before kickoff, that the game was going to be canceled. However, fans in the stadium only learned of the pending cancellation via social media, and no official announcement was made until just before the scheduled 8 p.m. kickoff, which was greeted by boos and jeering.[5]

On December 28, 2016, the NFL announced that the 2017 edition of the game would be played on a Thursday (August 3). This scheduling change made the Hall of Fame Game the first event of the Hall of Fame Weekend. The 2018 game was also played on a Thursday (August 2).[6] Come 2019, the game will be played on Thursday, (August 1).

Television and radio

Unlike the majority of NFL preseason games, which air on local TV stations, the Hall of Fame Game airs nationwide. From 1999 to 2005, the game was held on Monday night, televised as part of ABC's Monday Night Football package. It had previously been held typically on Saturday afternoons, except from 1963 to 1965 on Sunday afternoons, televised as part of ABC's Wide World of Sports package (still using the MNF crew). In 1998, the game was put in the MNF package, and played on a Saturday night, which served as a test run for the move to Monday night. Starting in 2006, it was moved to Sunday night, coinciding with the new NBC Sunday Night Football[7] television package.

The 2007 game was telecast on NFL Network, as NBC was intending to televise the China Bowl game in Beijing, China (a game which was postponed to 2009 and later canceled). Since then, the Hall of Fame Game aired on NBC every year except 2011 (canceled due to the 2011 NFL lockout), 2012 (on NFL Network) and 2016 (scheduled to air on ESPN, but canceled because of field concerns), due to NBC's coverage of the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, respectively. The Hall of fame Game was on NBC in 2006 and 2008 Also in 2009 and 2010. And From 2013-2015. After a one year absence in 2016 The Game Returned to NBC in 2017 and will remain on the network until 2019. Likewise, the 2020 Hall of Fame Game will air on either NFL Network or ESPN due to NBC's coverage of the 2020 Summer Olympics. The Hall of Fame Game is expected to return to NBC in 2021.

Westwood One owns national radio rights; it is the only preseason game to air on a nationwide network. Each team's radio network is also allowed to broadcast the games (albeit usually with fewer affiliates since exhibition games are traditionally much lower priority to non-sports and non-flagship stations).

In 2007 and 2008, the game was broadcast live in both Ireland and the United Kingdom by Sky Sports. It was not shown in 2009 because of a dispute between Sky Sports and the NFL over TV rights. ESPN America (formerly North American Sports Network) broadcasts the game in the rest of Europe.

From 1998 to 2005, the Global Television Network aired the game in Canada, simulcasting ABC; upon the move to Sunday night in 2006, the CTV Television Network aired the game until 2010. With CTV airing the 2012 Summer Olympics, TSN broadcast the Hall of Fame Game in 2012. Azteca 7 aired Spanish-language coverage of the Hall of Fame Game in Mexico from 1998 to 2005; the Game moved to Canal 5 in 2006 and aired on that station until 2010. Due to the cancellation of the 2011 Hall of Fame Game and Televisa's Summer Olympics coverage, the Hall of Fame Game moved to Televisa Deportes in 2012 and then to Galavision in 2013.

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is part of the Cleveland market, and is also within 75 miles of numerous other television markets in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania. As such, the NBC affiliates (and before them, the ABC affiliates) were within league requirements to blackout the game in the rare event the game does not sell out, during the time the league had a blackout policy. Because the stadium only holds 22,375 fans (less than half the capacity of any other NFL stadium except the Dignity Health Sports Park, the temporary home of the Los Angeles Chargers) and the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies bring large numbers of outside fans to Canton, the game has, to date, always sold out.

Game history

Day Date Away team Away score Home team Home score Recap
Saturday August 11, 1962 New York Giants 21 St. Louis Cardinals 21 Recap
Sunday September 8, 1963 Cleveland Browns 7 Pittsburgh Steelers 16 Recap
Sunday September 6, 1964 Baltimore Colts 48 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 Recap
Sunday September 12, 1965 Detroit Lions 3 Washington Redskins 20 Recap
Saturday August 5, 1967 Cleveland Browns 13 Philadelphia Eagles 28 Recap
Saturday August 3, 1968 Dallas Cowboys 24 Chicago Bears 30 Recap
Saturday September 13, 1969 Green Bay Packers 38 Atlanta Falcons 24 Recap
Saturday August 8, 1970 New Orleans Saints 14 Minnesota Vikings 13 Recap
Saturday July 31, 1971 Houston Oilers 6 Los Angeles Rams 17 Recap
Saturday July 29, 1972 Kansas City Chiefs 23 New York Giants 17 Recap
Saturday July 28, 1973 San Francisco 49ers 20 New England Patriots 7 Recap
Saturday July 27, 1974 Buffalo Bills 13 St. Louis Cardinals 21 Recap
Saturday August 2, 1975 Washington Redskins 17 Cincinnati Bengals 9 Recap
Saturday July 24, 1976 Denver Broncos 10 Detroit Lions 7 Recap
Saturday July 30, 1977 Chicago Bears 20 New York Jets 6 Recap
Saturday July 29, 1978 Miami Dolphins 3 Philadelphia Eagles 17 Recap
Saturday July 28, 1979 Dallas Cowboys 13 Oakland Raiders 20 Recap
Saturday August 2, 1980 San Diego Chargers 0 Green Bay Packers 0 Recap[n 1]
Saturday August 1, 1981 Atlanta Falcons 10 Cleveland Browns 24 Recap
Saturday August 7, 1982 Baltimore Colts 14 Minnesota Vikings 30 Recap
Saturday July 30, 1983 New Orleans Saints 14 Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Recap
Saturday July 28, 1984 Seattle Seahawks 38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 Recap
Saturday August 3, 1985 New York Giants 21 Houston Oilers 20 Recap
Saturday August 2, 1986 New England Patriots 21 St. Louis Cardinals 16 Recap
Saturday August 8, 1987 San Francisco 49ers 20 Kansas City Chiefs 7 Recap
Saturday July 30, 1988 Cincinnati Bengals 14 Los Angeles Rams 7 Recap
Saturday August 5, 1989 Washington Redskins 31 Buffalo Bills 6 Recap
Saturday August 4, 1990 Cleveland Browns 0 Chicago Bears 13 Recap
Saturday July 27, 1991 Detroit Lions 14 Denver Broncos 3 Recap
Saturday August 1, 1992 New York Jets 41 Philadelphia Eagles 14 Recap
Saturday July 31, 1993 Green Bay Packers 3 Los Angeles Raiders 19 Recap
Saturday July 30, 1994 San Diego Chargers 17 Atlanta Falcons 21 Recap
Saturday July 29, 1995 Carolina Panthers 20 Jacksonville Jaguars 14 Recap
Saturday July 27, 1996 Indianapolis Colts 10 New Orleans Saints 3 Recap
Saturday July 26, 1997 Minnesota Vikings 28 Seattle Seahawks 26 Recap
Saturday August 1, 1998 Pittsburgh Steelers 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30 Recap
Monday August 9, 1999 Dallas Cowboys 17 Cleveland Browns 20 Recap
Monday July 31, 2000 New England Patriots 20 San Francisco 49ers 0 Recap
Monday August 6, 2001 St. Louis Rams 17 Miami Dolphins 10 Recap
Monday August 5, 2002 Houston Texans 17 New York Giants 34 Recap
Monday August 4, 2003 Green Bay Packers 0 Kansas City Chiefs 9 Recap[n 2]
Monday August 9, 2004 Denver Broncos 17 Washington Redskins 20 Recap
Monday August 8, 2005 Chicago Bears 27 Miami Dolphins 24 Recap
Sunday August 6, 2006 Oakland Raiders 16 Philadelphia Eagles 10 Recap
Sunday August 5, 2007 New Orleans Saints 7 Pittsburgh Steelers 20 Recap
Sunday August 3, 2008 Indianapolis Colts 16 Washington Redskins 30 Recap
Sunday August 9, 2009 Buffalo Bills 18 Tennessee Titans 21 Recap
Sunday August 8, 2010 Dallas Cowboys 16 Cincinnati Bengals 7 Recap
Sunday August 7, 2011 Canceled due to 2011 NFL lockout Ref.[n 3]
Sunday August 5, 2012 Arizona Cardinals 10 New Orleans Saints 17 Recap
Sunday August 4, 2013 Miami Dolphins 20 Dallas Cowboys 24 Recap
Sunday August 3, 2014 New York Giants 17 Buffalo Bills 13 Recap
Sunday August 9, 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers 3 Minnesota Vikings 14 Recap
Sunday August 7, 2016 Canceled due to poor field conditions Ref.[n 4]
Thursday August 3, 2017 Arizona Cardinals 18 Dallas Cowboys 20 Recap
Thursday August 2, 2018 Chicago Bears 16 Baltimore Ravens 17 Recap
Thursday August 1, 2019 Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Notes
  1. ^ The 1980 game ended with 5:29 remaining in the fourth quarter in a 0-0 tie due to severe lightning.
  2. ^ The 2003 game ended with 5:49 remaining in the third quarter due to severe lightning with the Chiefs leading 9-0.
  3. ^ The 2011 game was scheduled to be St. Louis Rams vs. Chicago Bears, but was canceled due to the lockout.
  4. ^ The 2016 game was scheduled to be Green Bay Packers vs Indianapolis Colts, but was canceled due to poor field conditions.

Appearances

Team Games W L T PCT Last appearance
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 3 3 0 .500 2015
Dallas Cowboys 6 3 3 0 .500 2017
Washington Redskins 5 5 0 0 1.000 2008
Chicago Bears 5 4 1 0 .800 2018
New York Giants 5 3 1 1 .700 2014
Cleveland Browns 5 2 3 0 .400 1999
New Orleans Saints 5 2 3 0 .400 2012
Arizona/St. Louis Cardinals 5 1 3 1 .300 2017
Minnesota Vikings 4 3 1 0 .750 2015
Philadelphia Eagles 4 2 2 0 .500 2006
Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts 4 2 2 0 .500 2008
Green Bay Packers 4 1 2 1 .375 2003
Miami Dolphins 4 0 4 0 .000 2013
Buffalo Bills 4 0 4 0 .000 2014
Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders 3 3 0 0 1.000 2006
New England Patriots 3 2 1 0 .667 2000
San Francisco 49ers 3 2 1 0 .667 2000
Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams 3 2 1 0 .667 2001
Kansas City Chiefs 3 2 1 0 .667 2003
Detroit Lions 3 1 2 0 .333 1991
Atlanta Falcons 3 1 2 0 .333 1994
Denver Broncos 3 1 2 0 .333 2004
Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers 3 1 2 0 .333 2009
Cincinnati Bengals 3 1 2 0 .333 2010
New York Jets 2 1 1 0 .500 1992
Seattle Seahawks 2 1 1 0 .500 1997
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 1 1 0 .500 1998
Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers 2 0 1 1 .250 1994
Carolina Panthers 1 1 0 0 1.000 1995
Baltimore Ravens 1 1 0 0 1.000 2018
Jacksonville Jaguars 1 0 1 0 .000 1995
Houston Texans 1 0 1 0 .000 2002
  • Most appearances – 6: Pittsburgh Steelers (1963, 1964, 1983, 1998, 2007, and 2015) and Dallas Cowboys (1968, 1979, 1999, 2010, 2013, and 2017); if the 2011 game was not canceled due to the lockout, the Chicago Bears would be scheduled for their 6th appearance in 2018 (1968, 1977, 1990, 2005, 2011, and 2018)
  • Most wins – 5: Washington Redskins (1965, 1975, 1989, 2004, and 2008)
  • Longest active drought without Hall of Fame Game appearance – 27 seasons: Detroit Lions (last appearance – 1991); 26 seasons: New York Jets (last appearance – 1992); 24 seasons: Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Chargers (last appearance – 1994); 23 seasons: Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars (last and only appearance – 1995)

References

  1. ^ "Individual Tickets & Festival Fan Packages". Profootballhof.com. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  2. ^ Silver, Mike (2016-08-04). "Hall of Fame Game cancellation: NFL made the right decision". NFL.com.
  3. ^ Demovsky, Rob (August 7, 2016). "Poor field conditions force cancellation of Hall of Fame game". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame Game fiasco: How the wrong paint, melted rubber, and caustic paint thinner nixed Packers-Colts". Acme Packing Company (SBNation). Vox Media. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  5. ^ Doyel, Gregg (2016-08-07). "Doyel: NFL fans deserve better". The Indianapolis Star.
  6. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame Experiences". hofexperiences.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  7. ^ ""Sunday Night Football" Debuts". NBC Sports History Page.

External links

2009 IFAF Junior World Cup

The IFAF Junior World Cup took place in 2009 at Canton, Ohio. JWC games between the world’s eight best high school-aged (19 and under) national teams from five continents were played at Canton’s historic Fawcett Stadium, home of the NFL’s annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, adjacent to the Hall. The action began on Saturday, June 27 and continued on Wednesday, July 1 and Saturday, July 4, before the Championship Game on Sunday, July 5.

2009 NFL season

The 2009 NFL season was the 90th season in the history of the National Football League (NFL).

The preseason started with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on August 9, 2009, and the regular season began September 10. The season ended with Super Bowl XLIV, the league's championship game, on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium with the New Orleans Saints defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31–17. in Miami Gardens, Florida.The Colts and Saints began the season 14–0 and 13–0 respectively. This was the first time in NFL history two teams won their first thirteen games.

2019 Atlanta Falcons season

The 2019 Atlanta Falcons season will be the franchise's 54th season in the National Football League, their third playing their home games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and their fifth under head coach Dan Quinn.

2019 Denver Broncos season

The 2019 Denver Broncos season will be the franchise's upcoming 50th season in the National Football League, the 60th overall and the first under new head coach Vic Fangio.

Adam Schefter

Adam Schefter, (born December 21, 1966) is an American sports writer and television analyst. After graduating from University of Michigan and Northwestern University with degrees in journalism, Schefter wrote for several newspapers, including The Denver Post, before working at NFL Network. He then became an NFL insider for ESPN in 2009.

CFL All-Star Game

The Canadian Football League played an all-star game regularly during the 1950s and 1970s and twice in the 1980s.

The first game in 1955 actually precedes the establishment of the Canadian Football Council and the CFL, and was known as the Shrine Game. It was held each year from 1955 to 1958 the week after the Grey Cup, as the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union All-Stars took on the Western Interprovincial Football Union.

After the 1956 contest, five players that played in the game (four from the Saskatchewan Roughriders and one from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers) were killed when Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810 crashed in what was then the worst air disaster in Canadian history. After poor attendances in the next two Shrine Games (the fact that they were outdoor football games played in Canada in December didn't help), the idea of an All-Star game was dropped.

The CFL All-Star Game returned in 1970, now played as a pre-season contest in late June and early July, with the league all-stars playing the previous season's Grey Cup champion. After no game was held in 1975, the contest returned for three more years (1976–78), with East again meeting West. These games were played before the pre-season (similar to the NFL's Pro Football Hall of Fame Game), in late May and early June; again, poor attendance led to the game's cancellation.

Two more CFL All-Star Games were played, in the 1980s: a post-season contest in December 1983 (held indoors in Vancouver), pitting East and West; and a June 1988 game between the CFL All-Stars and the hometown Edmonton Eskimos. Even though the 1988 contest drew a CFL All Star-record 27,573 fans, no game has been held since then.

Canceled NFL games

The following is a list of games that have been canceled by the National Football League since 1933. While canceling games was extremely common prior to this date, since that year, the NFL has only twice canceled regular season games, in both cases for labor disputes between the league and the National Football League Players Association. Seven weeks of regular season games were canceled in 1982 and one week of regular season games was canceled in 1987.

Preseason contests have seen comparatively more cancellations, since the games do not count in the standings. Two of these games, the 1974 Chicago College All-Star Game and the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, were canceled because of offseason labor stoppages that were resolved prior to the start of the rest of the preseason. Three games were canceled as the result of unsafe playing fields: a 1995 NFL preseason game between the San Diego Chargers and the Houston Oilers, a 2001 preseason game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Philadelphia Eagles, and the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. An additional preseason game, the 2017 Texas Governor's Cup, was canceled for weather. At least one other announced game was discarded before it was officially placed on the schedule. The proposed China Bowl exhibition was to have been played in August 2007 but was postponed indefinitely before the 2007 schedule was released, with all plans for the game formally canceled before December 2008.

The league has run into other instances in which a game cannot realistically be played on its scheduled date, including weather-related rainouts and conflicts with college football or Major League Baseball over the use of shared stadiums. Unlike baseball, the NFL generally plays through even the coldest and most precipitous of weather unless such weather makes the stadium unusable or it becomes unsafe for spectators to attend the match. In such cases where a game cannot be played on its scheduled date, especially in the regular season, the league has the options of rescheduling the contest to any available day and, if the stadium cannot be used, relocating the contest to the opponent’s stadium or a neutral site (usually another nearby NFL stadium or a suitably sized modern college football venue). To date, such measures have not been necessary for any individual game in the playoffs.

Foolish Club

The Foolish Club were the owners of the eight original franchises of the American Football League (AFL). When Texas oil magnates Lamar Hunt and Bud Adams, Jr. were refused entry to the established NFL in 1959, they contacted other businessmen to form an eight-team professional football league, and called it the American Football League. Though Max Winter had originally committed to fielding a Minneapolis team, he reneged when lured away by the NFL; Winter's group instead joined the NFL as the Minnesota Vikings in 1961 (the Minneapolis AFL franchise only went as far as participating in the 1960 American Football League Draft and never actually fielded a team). Hunt owned the Dallas Texans (now the Kansas City Chiefs), while the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans) were Adams' franchise. The other six members of the "Original Eight" were Harry Wismer (New York Titans, now the New York Jets), Bob Howsam (Denver Broncos), Barron Hilton (Los Angeles Chargers), Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. (Buffalo Bills), Billy Sullivan (Boston Patriots, now the New England Patriots), and a group of eight investors led primarily by F. Wayne Valley and, briefly, Chet Soda (Oakland Raiders, who replaced the Vikings). They called themselves the "Foolish Club" because of their seemingly foolhardy venture in taking on the established NFL.

The league quickly became a viable competitor to the established league, in its first year signing half of the NFL's first-round draft choices, and introducing the first professional football gate and TV revenue-sharing plans, which made it financially stable. It went on to develop its own stars, and after forcing a merger with the NFL in 1966, the now 10-team league entered the NFL intact in 1970. It became the only league ever to merge with another without losing any franchises. It was the raison d'être for the first Professional Football World Championship Games (later called the Super Bowl), and after losing the first two games of that series to the Green Bay Packers of the elder league, closed out its ten-year existence with victories over the NFL's best teams after the 1968 (with the Jets upsetting the then-Baltimore Colts) and 1969 (the Chiefs defeating the Vikings) seasons.

In the first exhibition game of the 2009 NFL season, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on August 9, both the Bills and Titans faced off, with both teams wearing their 1960s throwback uniforms as the Titans wearing the colors of the Houston Oilers. This contest kicked off what would have been the AFL's 50th season, featuring "AFL Legacy Weekends", in which teams of the "Original Eight" played one another wearing AFL period uniforms, game officials wore AFL "Chinese Red" striped uniforms and fields were designed in the innovative style used during the 1960s. The first regular season games served as the Monday Night Football season opener on September 14 as the Bills visited the now-New England Patriots and the current San Diego Chargers visited the Oakland Raiders.

Of the original club, only Barron Hilton is still alive; he sold the Chargers in 1966 to appease the board of directors of Hilton Hotels. Son Clark Hunt inherited the Chiefs in 2006 after father Lamar's death, and daughter Amy Strunk inherited the Titans in 2013 after father Bud Adams' death. Both clubs remain in families that their fathers founded. Ralph Wilson died in 2014 as Bills owner, but the estate instead auctioned off the Bills to the highest bidder when he died (his two surviving daughters were not directly involved in the team's operations during his lifetime). Howsam, Sullivan, the Valley group, and Wismer all sold their franchises in their lifetimes and are now deceased.

Hall of Fame Game

Hall of Fame Game may refer to one of the following games:

Baseball Hall of Fame Game

Major League Soccer Hall of Fame Game

Pro Football Hall of Fame Game

Javon Wims

Javon Wims (born September 11, 1994) is an American football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia.

List of current National Football League stadiums

This article is a list of current National Football League stadiums, sorted by capacity, their locations, their first year of usage and home teams. Though there are 32 teams in the National Football League (NFL), there are only 31 full-time NFL stadiums because the New York Giants and New York Jets share MetLife Stadium. This number is scheduled to decrease to 30 when the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers will begin to share the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in 2020.

The newest NFL stadium is Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Falcons, which opened for the 2017 season. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, home of the Los Angeles Rams, is the oldest, having opened in 1923.

The NFL uses several other stadiums on a regular basis in addition to the teams' designated regular home sites. In England, Wembley Stadium in London is contracted to host at least two games per season, as part of the NFL International Series which runs through 2020, and Twickenham Stadium, also in London, is scheduled to host at least one game. Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico, will also host a NFL International Series game in 2018. In addition, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, is the location of the annual exhibition Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. Since 2016, Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida has hosted the Pro Bowl.

The majority of current NFL stadiums have sold naming rights to corporations. As of the 2018 season, Arrowhead Stadium, Lambeau Field, Paul Brown Stadium, and Soldier Field have never sold naming rights, while Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum and Broncos Stadium at Mile High have previously sold naming rights. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – a temporary NFL venue – has sold their naming rights in a deal that will officially change the stadium's name in August 2019.

Matt Johnson (safety)

Matt Johnson (born July 22, 1989) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Eastern Washington University.

NBC Sunday Night Football results

The following is a detailed list of results and scores from National Football League games aired on NBC under the game package NBC Sunday Night Football. The list includes both regular season and post-season game results, both produced by NBC Sports, from the 2006 NFL season to the present.

The NFL instated a new "flex-scheduling" policy in which the NFL could choose a game to be aired in primetime on NBC based on the team's current performance and record. Previously, Sunday night NFL games were televised by ESPN, from 1987–2005, and TNT, from 1990–1997.

Starting with the 2006 NFL season, NBC was awarded the rights to air Sunday night primetime American football games, as well as the rights to air two games of the NFL playoffs. In February 2009, NBC concluded their third season of the game package by broadcasting Super Bowl XLIII and the 2009 Pro Bowl from Honolulu, Hawai'i. The game package also includes broadcast rights to the NFL Kickoff Game, the late-night Thanksgiving game, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.

NFL lockout

The NFL lockout may refer to any of the lockouts or strikes in the history of the National Football League:

The 1968 NFL strike/lockout, which lasted 12 days before the start of the 1968 season.

The 1970 NFL strike/lockout, which lasted a few days in July 1970.

The 1974 NFL strike, which lasted for two months before the start of the 1974 season.

The 1982 NFL strike, which lasted for three months and eight weeks, forced the 1982 season to be shortened to 9 games per team.

The 1987 NFL strike, which lasted for 24 days and forced the 1987 season to be shortened to 15 games per team.

The 2001 NFL referee lockout, which lasted until September 19 and an agreement was reached to end the 2 week lockout.

The 2011 NFL lockout, which lasted for over five months, resulted in cancellation of Pro Football Hall of Fame Game between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams, but preserved the 2011 regular season.

The 2012 NFL referee lockout, which impacted the first few weeks of the 2012 NFL season.

NFL on NBC

The NFL on NBC is the branding used for broadcasts of National Football League (NFL) games that are produced by NBC Sports, and televised on the NBC television network in the United States.

NBC had sporadically carried NFL games as early as 1939, including the championship and Pro Bowl through the 1950s and early 1960s. Beginning in 1965, NBC signed an agreement to carry the American Football League's telecasts, which carried over with the American Football Conference (AFC) when the AFL merged with the NFL. NBC would continuously carry the AFL/AFC's Sunday afternoon games from 1965 through the 1997 season, after which NBC lost the AFC contract to CBS.

NFL coverage returned to NBC on August 6, 2006, under the title NBC Sunday Night Football, beginning with its coverage of the preseason Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. From 2016 to 2017, NBC added a five-game Thursday Night Football package to its offerings supplementing two Thursday games that were already part of the Sunday Night Football package. Game coverage is usually preceded by the pregame show Football Night in America.

NFL on Westwood One Sports

The NFL on Westwood One Sports is the branding for Cumulus Broadcasting subsidiary Westwood One's radio coverage of the National Football League. The broadcasts were previously branded with the CBS Radio and (for one season) Dial Global marques; CBS Radio was the original Westwood One's parent company and Dial Global purchased the company in 2011. Dial Global has since reverted its name to Westwood One after merging with Cumulus Media Networks.

Westwood One's package includes the Sunday Night Football game, the Monday Night Football game, the Thanksgiving Day games, Thursday Night Football (beginning in 2006), any late-season Friday and Saturday night games, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, mid-season NFL International Series games (since 2009), the season-opening NFL Kickoff Game, all playoff games, the Super Bowl, and the Pro Bowl. These games are distributed throughout the United States and (through TSN Radio) Canada.

NFL preseason

The National Football League preseason is the period each year during which NFL teams play several not-for-the-record exhibition games before the actual "regular" season starts. Beginning with the featured Pro Football Hall of Fame game in early August, five weekends of exhibition games are currently played in the NFL. The start of the preseason is intrinsically tied to the last week of training camp.

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders

The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders are the cheerleading squad of the Philadelphia Eagles, who plays in the NFL. The squad features 38 women. The squad debuted in 1948 as the Eaglettes, and became the Liberty Belles in the 1970s, and became the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders in the 1980s. In April, the squad holds annual auditions at the Kimmel Center, with the final auditions being aired on PhiladelphiaEagles.com. The squad, unlike other NFL squads, also releases a swimsuit calendar, but the Eagles Cheerleaders have also released it on Android, as well as iOS for $1.99. The squad's director, Barbara Zaun, was a titleholder for Miss USA and Miss America, and also coordinated the Eagles Cheerleaders for Super Bowl XXXIX, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, as well as various photo shoots. The squad also makes off-field appearances. The squad has also made an appearance at the 2012 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (formerly Fawcett Stadium) is a football stadium and entertainment complex in Canton, Ohio. It is located adjacent to the grounds of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is a major component of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village. The venue hosts the annual Hall of Fame Game, along with various high school and college football games. Dedicated in 1938, the stadium's original name honored the memory of John A. Fawcett, a former Canton board of education member, who died several years before the stadium was completed.

On November 24, 2014, it was announced that Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, would be donating $11 million to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, $10 million of which was to go into renovating Fawcett Stadium. In response to Benson's donation, the Hall of Fame announced that Fawcett Stadium would be renamed Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which was dedicated on August 3, 2017. Benson died less than a year later, on March 15, 2018.

Fawcett Stadium served as the home for Canton McKinley High School, Malone University, and Walsh University, in addition to several other high schools.

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