been around for long. They first appeared in competitive football in the 1980s as a way to protect the injured eyes of active football players. But the use of these protective visors have exploded since then, and many players choose to wear them out of personal preference.
NFL Conferences and DivisionsIn 1970, the NFL reorganized by merging with the American Football League, and formed two conferences; the two now field four divisions, each containing four teams: North, South, East and West. As of 2015, the NFL’s 32 teams play 16 games against each other on a rotating schedule each year. A complex system has the teams playing other teams within their division; a few other teams in their conference; and teams in the other conference based on the prior year’s standings..
Contract Extensions and Endorsement DealsThe six figure player bonuses seem minuscule in comparison with the millions of dollars generated by the Super Bowl through ticket sales, television rights and advertising. Although the bulk of that money goes to the NFL and not to the players, Super Bowl winners gain other opportunities to capitalize on the victory. As Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman told Forbes, “A lot of people have contacted me; it’s been a whirlwind.” Sherman not only inked endorsement contracts with Campbell Soup Company, Nike and others, he signed a four year, $57.4 million contract extension that made him the highest paid cornerback in the NFL.