Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium before the start of the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game
|Atlanta Falcons vs Denver Broncos|
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is an annual National Football League (NFL) exhibition game that is held the weekend of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's induction ceremonies. The game is played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which is located adjacent to the Hall of Fame building in Canton, Ohio. It is traditionally the first game played in the NFL preseason for any given year, marking the end of the NFL's six-month off-season.
The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.
An exhibition game is a sporting event whose prize money and impact on the player's or the team's rankings is either zero or otherwise greatly reduced. In team sports, matches of this type are often used to help coaches and managers select and condition players for the competitive matches of a league season or tournament. If the players usually play in different teams in other leagues, exhibition games offer an opportunity for the players to learn to work with each other. The games can be held between separate teams or between parts of the same team.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame for professional American football, located in Canton, Ohio. Opened in 1963, the Hall of Fame enshrines exceptional figures in the sport of professional football, including players, coaches, franchise owners, and front-office personnel, almost all of whom made their primary contributions to the game in the National Football League (NFL); the Hall inducts between four and eight new enshrinees each year. The Hall of Fame's Mission is to "Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE."
The two teams that play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game are typically selected by the league in advance of the remainder of the preseason schedule. The participants are usually announced around the time that the new Hall of Fame members are announced, which coincides with Super Bowl week. Often, if a particularly notable player will be entering the Hall of Fame that year, a team they were strongly associated with may be selected to play in the game to help maximize attendance and publicity of the game itself. From 1971 to 2010, the opponents for each game usually included one AFC team and one NFC team. In 2009, as recognition of the 50th anniversary of the American Football League, the game paired two AFC teams who were part of the "original eight" franchises of the AFL, the Tennessee Titans (dressed as their previous incarnation, the Houston Oilers) and the Buffalo Bills, whose owner, Ralph Wilson, was inducted into the Hall that year. An all-NFC matchup was scheduled for 2011,but it was canceled due to the 2011 NFL lockout; the following year, another intra-conference matchup of two NFC teams took its place. From 2011 onward, each team selected to play in the game has had at least one prominent alumnus being inducted into the Hall that year.
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) where the champion of the National Football Conference (NFC) competes against the champion of the American Football Conference (AFC). The game is the culmination of a regular season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. Normally, Roman numerals are used to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held. For example, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season. The sole exception to this naming convention tradition occurred with Super Bowl 50, which was played on February 7, 2016, following the 2015 regular season, and the following year, the nomenclature returned to Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI, following the 2016 regular season. The upcoming Super Bowl is Super Bowl LIV, scheduled for February 2, 2020, following the 2019 regular season.
The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL), the highest professional level of American football in the United States. This conference and its counterpart the National Football Conference (NFC), currently contain 16 teams organized into 4 divisions. Both conferences were created as part of the 1970 merger with the rival American Football League (AFL), with all ten of the former AFL teams and three NFL teams forming the AFC, and the remaining thirteen NFL clubs forming the NFC. A series of league expansions and division realignments have occurred since the merger, thus making the current total of 16 clubs in each conference. The current AFC champions are the New England Patriots, who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2018 AFC Championship Game for their 11th conference championship.
The National Football Conference (NFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL), the highest professional level of American football in the United States. This conference and its counterpart the American Football Conference (AFC), currently contain 16 teams organized into 4 divisions. Both conferences were created as part of the 1970 merger with the rival American Football League (AFL), with all ten of the former AFL teams and three NFL teams forming the AFC while the remaining thirteen NFL clubs formed the NFC. A series of league expansions and division realignments have occurred since the merger, thus making the current total of 16 clubs in each conference. The current NFC champions are the Los Angeles Rams, who defeated the New Orleans Saints in the 2018 NFC Championship Game for their fourth conference championship.
Because this game and the Hall of Fame's induction ceremonies are scheduled on the weekend before the league's regular four-week exhibition season begins, both teams end up playing five exhibition games instead of the normal four, and unlike the Canadian Football League (which plays its two-game exhibition season over three weeks), the league does not remove one.
The Canadian Football League is a professional sports league in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football. The league consists of nine teams, each located in a city in Canada. They are divided into two divisions: four teams in the East Division and five teams in the West Division.
The last four expansion teams to have been added to the league each played in the Hall of Fame Game as their first game. In 1995, expansion clubs Jacksonville and Carolina played each another, and in 2002, Houston was one of the participants. When the Cleveland Browns returned to the league with a rebooted roster in 1999, they too played in the Hall of Fame Game. The Baltimore Ravens, while officially considered as being established in 1996, did not play in the Hall of Fame Game until 2018. With the Ravens' participation in the 2018 game, all 32 current NFL teams have now played in the Hall of Fame game at least once.
An expansion team is a new team in a sports league, usually from a city that has not hosted a team in that league before, formed with the intention of satisfying the demand for a local team from a population in a new area. Sporting leagues also hope that the expansion of their competition will grow the popularity of the sport generally. The term is most commonly used in reference to the North American major professional sports leagues but is applied to sports leagues in other countries with a closed franchise system of league membership. The term comes from the expansion of the sport into new areas. That sometimes results in the payment of an expansion fee to the league by the new team and an expansion draft to populate the new roster.
The 1995 NFL season was the 76th regular season of the National Football League. The league expanded to 30 teams with the addition of the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The two expansion teams were slotted into the two remaining divisions that previously had only four teams : the AFC Central (Jaguars) and the NFC West (Panthers).
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a professional football franchise based in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. The team plays its home games at TIAA Bank Field.
Prior to the AFL–NFL merger, the Hall of Fame Game was played in August or September, in some cases at the end of the preseason. In 1970, it was moved to the beginning of the preseason. Prior to 2002, it was not uncommon for the game to be played in July. Since 2002, when the league permanently moved the start of the season to the weekend after Labor Day, the game has always been played in early August.
The AFL–NFL merger was the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States at the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). It paved the way for the combined league, which retained the "National Football League" name and logo, to become one of the most popular sports leagues in the United States. The merger was announced on the evening of June 8, 1966. Under the merger agreement, the leagues maintained separate regular-season schedules for the next four seasons—from 1966 through 1969—and then officially merged before the 1970 season to form one league with two conferences.
Labor Day in the United States of America is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday.
The 2011 game was originally scheduled between the St. Louis Rams and the Chicago Bears, but the game was canceled due to an ongoing labor dispute that had disrupted nearly all league activity during the 2011 offseason. The two clubs had set a deadline of July 22 to ratify a resolution in enough time to prepare for the game. The league and players did not ratify the agreement until July 25, forcing cancellation of the game.
The 2011 NFL season was the 92nd regular season of the National Football League. It began on Thursday, September 8, 2011, with the Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers defeating the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints 42–34 at Lambeau Field and ended with Super Bowl XLVI, the league's championship game, on February 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis where the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21–17.
The professional American football franchise now known as the Los Angeles Rams played in St. Louis, Missouri, as the St. Louis Rams from the 1995 through the 2015 seasons. The Rams franchise relocated from Los Angeles to St. Louis in 1995, which had been without a National Football League (NFL) team since the Cardinals moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1988. The team's primary stadium was The Dome at America's Center, which was known as the Trans World Dome and the Edward Jones Dome while utilized by the Rams.
The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division. The Bears have won nine NFL Championships, including one Super Bowl, and hold the NFL record for the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the most retired jersey numbers. The Bears have also recorded more victories than any other NFL franchise.
The 2016 edition, which was scheduled to be played between the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts, was canceled due to unsafe playing conditions. Mike Silver of NFL.com reported that on the morning of game day, it was discovered the logos at midfield and the end zones had been painted using paint which was not intended for use on the newly installed FieldTurf. Subsequently, the paint had not fully dried, and officials heated the field to speed up the drying process, causing the turf's rubber to melt; the affected areas were described as being slick and "like cement," making it impossible to get decent footing. Stadium officials attempted to address this by applying paint thinner to the turf, but a Packers employee noticed a label warning that this substance could result in burns when exposed to skin, and alerted them to the discovery.
In deciding to cancel the game, the league and the Players Association cited safety concerns.Both teams were told at 6:40 p.m., an hour and 20 minutes before kickoff, that the game was going to be canceled. However, fans in the stadium only learned of the pending cancellation via social media, and no official announcement was made until just before the scheduled 8 p.m. kickoff, which was greeted by boos and jeering.
On December 28, 2016, the NFL announced that the 2017 edition of the game would be played on a Thursday (August 3). This scheduling change made the Hall of Fame Game the first event of the Hall of Fame Weekend. The 2018 game was also played on a Thursday (August 2).Come 2019, the game will be played on Thursday, (August 1).
Unlike the majority of NFL preseason games, which air on local TV stations, the Hall of Fame Game airs nationwide. From 1999 to 2005, the game was held on Monday night, televised as part of ABC's Monday Night Football package. It had previously been held typically on Saturday afternoons, except from 1963 to 1965 on Sunday afternoons, televised as part of ABC's Wide World of Sports package (still using the MNF crew). In 1998, the game was put in the MNF package, and played on a Saturday night, which served as a test run for the move to Monday night. Starting in 2006, it was moved to Sunday night, coinciding with the new NBC Sunday Night Footballtelevision package.
The 2007 game was telecast on NFL Network, as NBC was intending to televise the China Bowl game in Beijing, China (a game which was postponed to 2009 and later canceled). Since then, the Hall of Fame Game aired on NBC every year except 2011 (canceled due to the 2011 NFL lockout), 2012 (on NFL Network) and 2016 (scheduled to air on ESPN, but canceled because of field concerns), due to NBC's coverage of the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, respectively. The Hall of fame Game was on NBC in 2006 and 2008 Also in 2009 and 2010. And From 2013-2015. After a one year absence in 2016 The Game Returned to NBC in 2017 and will remain on the network until 2019. Likewise, the 2020 Hall of Fame Game will air on either NFL Network or ESPN due to NBC's coverage of the 2020 Summer Olympics. The Hall of Fame Game is expected to return to NBC in 2021.
Westwood One owns national radio rights; it is the only preseason game to air on a nationwide network. Each team's radio network is also allowed to broadcast the games (albeit usually with fewer affiliates since exhibition games are traditionally much lower priority to non-sports and non-flagship stations).
In 2007 and 2008, the game was broadcast live in both Ireland and the United Kingdom by Sky Sports. It was not shown in 2009 because of a dispute between Sky Sports and the NFL over TV rights. ESPN America (formerly North American Sports Network) broadcasts the game in the rest of Europe.
From 1998 to 2005, the Global Television Network aired the game in Canada, simulcasting ABC; upon the move to Sunday night in 2006, the CTV Television Network aired the game until 2010. With CTV airing the 2012 Summer Olympics, TSN broadcast the Hall of Fame Game in 2012. Azteca 7 aired Spanish-language coverage of the Hall of Fame Game in Mexico from 1998 to 2005; the Game moved to Canal 5 in 2006 and aired on that station until 2010. Due to the cancellation of the 2011 Hall of Fame Game and Televisa's Summer Olympics coverage, the Hall of Fame Game moved to Televisa Deportes in 2012 and then to Galavision in 2013.
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is part of the Cleveland market, and is also within 75 miles of numerous other television markets in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania. As such, the NBC affiliates (and before them, the ABC affiliates) were within league requirements to blackout the game in the rare event the game does not sell out, during the time the league had a blackout policy.[ when? ] Because the stadium only holds 22,375 fans (less than half the capacity of any other NFL stadium except the Dignity Health Sports Park, the temporary home of the Los Angeles Chargers) and the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies bring large numbers of outside fans to Canton, the game has, to date, always sold out.[ citation needed ]
|Day||Date||Away team||Away score||Home team||Home score||Recap|
|Saturday||August 11, 1962||New York Giants||21||St. Louis Cardinals||21||Recap|
|Sunday||September 8, 1963||Cleveland Browns||7||Pittsburgh Steelers||16||Recap|
|Sunday||September 6, 1964||Baltimore Colts||48||Pittsburgh Steelers||17||Recap|
|Sunday||September 12, 1965||Detroit Lions||3||Washington Redskins||20||Recap|
|Saturday||August 5, 1967||Cleveland Browns||13||Philadelphia Eagles||28||Recap|
|Saturday||August 3, 1968||Dallas Cowboys||24||Chicago Bears||30||Recap|
|Saturday||September 13, 1969||Green Bay Packers||38||Atlanta Falcons||24||Recap|
|Saturday||August 8, 1970||New Orleans Saints||14||Minnesota Vikings||13||Recap|
|Saturday||July 31, 1971||Houston Oilers||6||Los Angeles Rams||17||Recap|
|Saturday||July 29, 1972||Kansas City Chiefs||23||New York Giants||17||Recap|
|Saturday||July 28, 1973||San Francisco 49ers||20||New England Patriots||7||Recap|
|Saturday||July 27, 1974||Buffalo Bills||13||St. Louis Cardinals||21||Recap|
|Saturday||August 2, 1975||Washington Redskins||17||Cincinnati Bengals||9||Recap|
|Saturday||July 24, 1976||Denver Broncos||10||Detroit Lions||7||Recap|
|Saturday||July 30, 1977||Chicago Bears||20||New York Jets||6||Recap|
|Saturday||July 29, 1978||Miami Dolphins||3||Philadelphia Eagles||17||Recap|
|Saturday||July 28, 1979||Dallas Cowboys||13||Oakland Raiders||20||Recap|
|Saturday||August 2, 1980||San Diego Chargers||0||Green Bay Packers||0||Recap|
|Saturday||August 1, 1981||Atlanta Falcons||10||Cleveland Browns||24||Recap|
|Saturday||August 7, 1982||Baltimore Colts||14||Minnesota Vikings||30||Recap|
|Saturday||July 30, 1983||New Orleans Saints||14||Pittsburgh Steelers||27||Recap|
|Saturday||July 28, 1984||Seattle Seahawks||38||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||Recap|
|Saturday||August 3, 1985||New York Giants||21||Houston Oilers||20||Recap|
|Saturday||August 2, 1986||New England Patriots||21||St. Louis Cardinals||16||Recap|
|Saturday||August 8, 1987||San Francisco 49ers||20||Kansas City Chiefs||7||Recap|
|Saturday||July 30, 1988||Cincinnati Bengals||14||Los Angeles Rams||7||Recap|
|Saturday||August 5, 1989||Washington Redskins||31||Buffalo Bills||6||Recap|
|Saturday||August 4, 1990||Cleveland Browns||0||Chicago Bears||13||Recap|
|Saturday||July 27, 1991||Detroit Lions||14||Denver Broncos||3||Recap|
|Saturday||August 1, 1992||New York Jets||41||Philadelphia Eagles||14||Recap|
|Saturday||July 31, 1993||Green Bay Packers||3||Los Angeles Raiders||19||Recap|
|Saturday||July 30, 1994||San Diego Chargers||17||Atlanta Falcons||21||Recap|
|Saturday||July 29, 1995||Carolina Panthers||20||Jacksonville Jaguars||14||Recap|
|Saturday||July 27, 1996||Indianapolis Colts||10||New Orleans Saints||3||Recap|
|Saturday||July 26, 1997||Minnesota Vikings||28||Seattle Seahawks||26||Recap|
|Saturday||August 1, 1998||Pittsburgh Steelers||6||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||30||Recap|
|Monday||August 9, 1999||Dallas Cowboys||17||Cleveland Browns||20||Recap|
|Monday||July 31, 2000||New England Patriots||20||San Francisco 49ers||0||Recap|
|Monday||August 6, 2001||St. Louis Rams||17||Miami Dolphins||10||Recap|
|Monday||August 5, 2002||Houston Texans||17||New York Giants||34||Recap|
|Monday||August 4, 2003||Green Bay Packers||0||Kansas City Chiefs||9||Recap|
|Monday||August 9, 2004||Denver Broncos||17||Washington Redskins||20||Recap|
|Monday||August 8, 2005||Chicago Bears||27||Miami Dolphins||24||Recap|
|Sunday||August 6, 2006||Oakland Raiders||16||Philadelphia Eagles||10||Recap|
|Sunday||August 5, 2007||New Orleans Saints||7||Pittsburgh Steelers||20||Recap|
|Sunday||August 3, 2008||Indianapolis Colts||16||Washington Redskins||30||Recap|
|Sunday||August 9, 2009||Buffalo Bills||18||Tennessee Titans||21||Recap|
|Sunday||August 8, 2010||Dallas Cowboys||16||Cincinnati Bengals||7||Recap|
|Sunday||August 7, 2011||Canceled due to 2011 NFL lockout||Ref.|
|Sunday||August 5, 2012||Arizona Cardinals||10||New Orleans Saints||17||Recap|
|Sunday||August 4, 2013||Miami Dolphins||20||Dallas Cowboys||24||Recap|
|Sunday||August 3, 2014||New York Giants||17||Buffalo Bills||13||Recap|
|Sunday||August 9, 2015||Pittsburgh Steelers||3||Minnesota Vikings||14||Recap|
|Sunday||August 7, 2016||Canceled due to poor field conditions||Ref.|
|Thursday||August 3, 2017||Arizona Cardinals||18||Dallas Cowboys||20||Recap|
|Thursday||August 2, 2018||Chicago Bears||16||Baltimore Ravens||17||Recap|
|Thursday||August 1, 2019||Denver Broncos||Atlanta Falcons|
|New York Giants||5||3||1||1||.700||2014|
|New Orleans Saints||5||2||3||0||.400||2012|
|Arizona/St. Louis Cardinals||5||1||3||1||.300||2017|
|Green Bay Packers||4||1||2||1||.375||2003|
|Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders||3||3||0||0||1.000||2006|
|New England Patriots||3||2||1||0||.667||2000|
|San Francisco 49ers||3||2||1||0||.667||2000|
|Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams||3||2||1||0||.667||2001|
|Kansas City Chiefs||3||2||1||0||.667||2003|
|Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers||3||1||2||0||.333||2009|
|New York Jets||2||1||1||0||.500||1992|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||1||1||0||.500||1998|
|Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers||2||0||1||1||.250||1994|
The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football franchise based in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Cardinals compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The Cardinals were founded as the Morgan Athletic Club in 1898, and are the oldest continuously run professional football team in the United States. The Cardinals play their home games at State Farm Stadium, which opened in 2006 and is located in the northwestern suburb of Glendale.
The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division. It is the third-oldest franchise in the NFL, dating back to 1919, and is the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team based in the United States. Home games have been played at Lambeau Field since 1957.
The Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). From the merger with the rival American Football League (AFL) in 1970 up through 2013 and since 2017, it is officially called the AFC–NFC Pro Bowl, matching the top players in the American Football Conference (AFC) against those in the National Football Conference (NFC). From 2014 through 2016, the NFL experimented with an unconferenced format, where the teams were selected by two honorary team captains, instead of selecting players from each conference. The players were picked in a televised "schoolyard pick" prior to the game.
The television rights to broadcast National Football League (NFL) games are the most lucrative and expensive rights of any American sport. Television brought professional football into prominence in the modern era after World War II. Since then, National Football League broadcasts have become among the most-watched programs on American television, and the financial fortunes of entire networks have rested on owning NFL broadcasting rights. This has raised questions about the impartiality of the networks' coverage of games and whether they can criticize the NFL without fear of losing the rights and their income.
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The following is a list of games that have been canceled by the National Football League since 1933. While canceling games was extremely common prior to this date, since that year, the NFL has only twice canceled regular season games, in both cases for labor disputes between the league and the National Football League Players Association. Seven weeks of regular season games were canceled in 1982 and one week of regular season games was canceled in 1987.
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