Shortly after the NFL and AFL merged, the tradition that became Monday Night Football was born. Then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was looking to take advantage of the emerging popularity of football and shopped a prime-time Monday night package to the networks. ABC initially didn’t show much interest, but after Rozelle shopped his idea around to other networks, ABC agreed to televise a game every Monday night for the 1970 season.

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Oakland Raiders Primary Logo
Oakland Raiders Primary Logo

The Oakland Raiders began play in 1960 in the newly formed AFL and the Raiders won three division titles and a championship during their time in the AFL. The Raiders joined the National Football League in 1970 as a part of the NFL-AFL merger. The Raiders won three Super Bowls and twelve division titles as well as appearing in two additional Super Bowls. The Oakland Raiders have had thirteen enshrines in the Football Hall of Fame. Great success by the Raiders over their Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland years, but now things are changing.

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