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Thomas Hooker Professor Melograno Artifact 1 4/5/16 Evolution of American Sport (1950-1980) The years 1950 through 1980 were known as the evolution era of American sports and if you were to look back now you would know there was a good reason for it. Starting in the 1950s one of the shining stars of that time was Jim Brown. Brown was known for being one of the most athletic specimens who dominated in multiple sports throughout college including: football, basketball, and lacrosse. He excelled in all three sports, but was awarded All-American in football and lacrosse his senior year. He then went on the play professional football and that is where his accomplishments triumphed all of the awards received in college. Brown led the league in in rushing for a record of eight times, and played in every bowl game in his career, and was the record holder for the most rushing yards in a single season and career, which earned him a rightful spot in the Hall of Fame for football (Phipps, 2013). Spontaneously the National Football League was on the come up after Brown, but in the 1950’s college football was more prevalent than the professional league. While football was on the come up baseball was still the number one sport in America with the New York Yankees being the most loved team because of their outstanding winning streak with seven out of ten World Series wins. Proceeding onto the 1960's, this was seemingly the most imperative decade in the advancement of American sports. In the decade was when football really started to take off. In 1964, the American Football League signed a contract with NBC that was worth 34 million dollars (ABC Sports, 2001), which lead to a
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circumstantial increase in the viewing of the National Football League. Then the National Football League (NFL) made history when the first Super Bowl was played In January of 1967. During the same time period, the NFL started to make rule changes regarding the uniforms, home teams were to wear white jerseys and the away team were made to wear their colored jerseys. The NFL wasn’t the only sport on a rise during this decade. Boxing was another sport that was making a substantial increase in becoming more popular because of the man, the myth, the legend, Mohammad Ali. His most famous match was when the photo was taken of him knocking out the previous heavy weight champ, Sonny Liston, in round one. He then defended his championship belt five times after that (ABC Sports, 2001). The National Basketball Association was also becoming very big because there was a team led by Bill Russell. Boston Celtics was the team coached by Russell and under his leadership they went on to win nine of ten championships during this decade alone. The 70s was a good time for a man named Pete Rose who stared to make impact in Major league Baseball (MLB) as one of the best hitters ever. During the same time the MLB created a new rule know now as the designated hitter. This rule itself had increased the popularity of the sport because the total number of viewers skyrocketed after the new rule addition. The NFL was also doing great for itself they
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