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Length of NFL Season

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What was the original length of the NFL season?

Trivia Question Answer

At its founding as the American Professional Football Association in 1920, the NFL did not have a set schedule. The season length varied from 11 to 15 games depending on the number of teams in the league. It was not until 1947 that the league adopted a set schedule. Since then, the set schedule for the NFL has been as follows:

  • 1947-1960: 12 Games
  • 1961-1977: 14 Games
  • 1978-present: 16 games *

* Because of strikes, the 1982 season was 9 games, and the 1987 season was 15 games.