National Football League
Current season or competition:
2009 NFL Season

National Football League
Sport American Football
Founded August 20, 1920
Commissioner Roger Goodell
Inaugural season 1920
No. of teams 32
Country United States
Most recent champion Pittsburgh Steelers
Most championships Green Bay Packers
TV partner CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network
Official website

The National Football League is the largest professional American football league in the world. It is a non-profit 501 association controlled by its members. It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association . The league currently consists of thirty-two teams from the United States. The league is divided evenly into two conferences — the American Football Conference and National Football Conference , and each conference has four divisions that have 4 teams each.

The regular season is a seventeen-week schedule during which each team has one bye week and plays sixteen games. This schedule includes six games against a team's divisional rivals, as well as several inter-division and inter-conference games. The season currently starts on the Thursday night in the first full week of September and runs weekly to late December or early January.

At the end of each regular season, six teams from each conference play in the NFL playoffs, a twelve-team single-elimination tournament that culminates with the championship game, known as the Super Bowl. This game is held at a pre-selected site which is usually a city that hosts an NFL team. Commercials during the Super Bowl tend to be quite popular among the general public. Selected all-star players from both the AFC and NFC meet in the Pro Bowl, held in Honolulu, Hawaii; up to and including 2009, this game took place the weekend after the Super Bowl. In 2010, it will take place the week prior to the Super Bowl, in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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