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Snippet from The Columbus Dispatch from November 1961.
Even a champion of baseball like Branch Rickey (famous scout who signed Jackie Robinson) could sense that football was on its way toward greater prominence in the United States.
The statement reads as follows:
“Branch Rickey, regarded as baseball’s elder statesman, thinks football may someday replace Major League Baseball as the nation’s No. 1 sport. ‘How many people do you think watched pro football Sunday, both in person or on television?” asks Rickey. ‘I look for football to extend its season in the near future,’ Rickey said. ‘It’s not out of the question to see football as a year-round sport.’”
While the NFL did expand from a 14-game regular season to 16 games in 1978, the sport is not quite year long yet.