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Other football leagues of the past

Updated: December 12, 2008, 1:47 PM ET
By ESPN Research | ESPN.com

Could the Arena Football League go the way of several other football leagues started alongside or in direct competition to the NFL? Here's a look at the notable leagues, how they fared and where they might have gone wrong.

American Football League (1926)

The Teams: Nine for the first -- and only -- season for the original AFL. The Boston Bulldogs, Brooklyn Horsemen, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Panthers, Los Angeles Wilson Wildcats, Newark Bears, New York Yankees, Philadelphia ...

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