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Continental Football League (1965-1969)


Continental Football LeagueFormed: February 1965
Disbanded: 1970 (No date of formal announcement)

First Game:
Last Game: December 13, 1969

Seasons: 5
States & Provinces: 


Continental Football League Franchise List

Franchise Years Active Continental Football League Champions
Akron Vulcans 1967 None
Alabama Hawks 1968-1969 None
Arkansas Diamonds 1968-1969 None
Brooklyn Dodgers 1966 None
Charleston Rockets 1965-1968 1965
Chicago Owls 1968-1969 None
Dallas Rockets 1969 None
Eugene Bombers 1967 None
Fort Wayne Warriors 1965 None
Fort Worth Braves 1969 None
Hartford Charter Oaks 1965-1967 None
Indianapolis Capitols 1968-1969 1969
Jersey Jays 1969 None
Las Vegas Cowboys 1968-1969 None
Long Beach Admirals 1967 None
Mexico Golden Aztecs 1969 None
Michigan Arrows 1968 None
Montreal Beavers 1966-1967 None
Newark Bears 1965 None
Norfolk Neptunes 1965-1969 None
Ohio Valley Ironmen 1968-1969 None
Oklahoma Thunderbirds 1969 None
Oklahoma City Plainsmen 1968 None
Omaha Mustangs 1968-1969 None
Orange County Ramblers 1967-1968 None
Orlando Panthers 1966-1969 1967-1968
Philadelphia Bulldogs 1965-1966 1966
Portland Loggers 1969 None
Quad Cities Raiders 1968 None
Rhode Island Indians 1965 None
Richmond Rebels 1965-1966 None
Sacramento Buccaneers 1967 None
Sacramento Capitols 1968-1969 None
San Antonio Toros 1969 None
San Jose Apaches 1967 None
Seattle Rangers 1967-1969 None
Spokane Shockers 1968-1969 None
Texarkana Titans 1969 None
Toronto Rifles 1965-1967 None
Tri-City Apollos 1969 None
Victoria Steelers 1967 None
West Texas Rufnecks 1969 None
Wheeling Ironmen 1965-1967 None



1969 Texas Football League Standard Player Contract*

*The Texas Football League played as a division of the Continental League in 1969.


Written by AC

May 2nd, 2012 at 10:23 pm

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  1. […] out the Caps — actually the Indianapolis Capitols — were a member of the short-lived Continental Football League. The CFL began play in 1965, five seasons after the American Football League, and folded after the […]

  2. I used to read about the Phila Bulldogs but never had to opportunity to see them play. Wished I could’ve. Seemed like they were a good team

    Nick Cataldi

    26 Mar 15 at 1:30 am

    I have a free website about the third league of majorprofessional football of the 1960’s, the 1965-1969Continental FootballLeague, ( also my personal email address );PASSWORD:- boggie.
    Monday Night Football was originally supposed to be by contract between ABC and the Continental Football Leagueafter the 1965 season. It was stolen by the NFL illegally,and Bill Walsh, spoke about it openly before his passing. The following season, the new Overmeyer/United Network was also going to begin national televising the Continental Football League beginning in 1967. NBC bought the entire network to keep the Continental Football League away from national exposure and subsidation as had the then AFL and NFL had through the NBC and CBS networks themselves. Albert “Happy” Chandler, was the Continental Football League’s first commissioner, he had been both a former Governor and Senator from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as well as, the former Commissioner of Baseball, during the time both Jackie Robinson joined the National Baseball League, and Lary Doby joined the American Baseball League. After Commissioner Chandler was forced out by naive owners of the Continental Football League, he was replaced by perhaps the most incompetitent Commissioner of any major sports league, Sol Rosen. As the contract was broken by ABC, Rosen did not bring legal suit, nor did he do so when NBC purchased the Overmeyer/United Network. During the five year span of the Continental Football League, there were more minority players in the Continental Football League, than the American, Canadian, and National Football Leagues combined. Was the reason for the suppression of the Continental Football League for economic reasons to keep the status quo, or was the suppression based on racial descrimination? Discrimination toward Afro-American football players was not the only group absent during the five year span of the Continental Football League; Hispanic/Latino players also were a rarity in the American, Canadian, and National Football Leagues, yet, they were just as valuable to the Continental Football League as they too had the opportunity to play professional football at this level in the Continental Football League. There were also more Asian-American football players in the Continental Football League, including the first Japanese football player from Tokyo University in Mustake Kusatau.

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