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November 08, 1966
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a law that creates an exception to existing antitrust legislation and allows a merger between the National Football League and the American Football League. In the years before the merger, competition between the leagues to sign the best players had driven athlete salaries to new highs. The two leagues agree to hold a combined college draft and an end-of-year playoff, and promise that no existing teams will be moved. The merger creates the modern-day NFL, and the end-of-year playoff game becomes the Super Bowl.
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