Sport: It's Wonderful

In four years of hammer-&-tongs competition for players and grandstand customers, the old, established National Football League and the brash new All-America Football Conference had almost succeeded in beating each other unconscious. To outside pleas for a merger, each side replied through gritted teeth that the other's conditions were unacceptable. Last week they finally came to terms in a hands-down victory for the National League.

After a fourth season of sagging attendance and mounting deficits in both leagues, National League club owners deputized thick-set League Commissioner Bert Bell to deal secretly with Manhattan Attorney J. Arthur Friedlund, the chosen negotiator of the...

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