10 Defunct Sports Leagues That Are Cooler Than the NHL

American Football League

Years of Existence: 1960-1970

The AFL was league upstart that seamlessly merged with the NFL. The league brought revered franchises (Patriots, Jets, Raiders, and Broncos to name a few) and legendary players (Joe Namath, Jim Nance, and George Blanda). Without the AFL, the NFL doesn't have the evangelical following that it does today, with a nation exponentially more concerned with replacement refs than an NHL season.

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