EYE ON THE INEVITABLE
Now that both sides have had a chance to present their arguments on the subject, one thing remains clear: an NFL-AFL championship game is not very far off. To prepare for it, I suggest the following plan be adopted. Starting next fall, let each NFL team play the regular 12 games within its own conference, but instead of the scheduled two interdivisional games let each team play only one game with a team in the other NFL division, one game with an AFL team. All games would count fully in the standings of each league.
The scheduling could be done very simply and would eliminate the staking of a vast amount of either league's prestige on only one game. Only seven Sundays of the 14-week season would be involved. On each of these Sundays the two NFL teams which would normally play the interconference game would each play an AFL team. One game would be played in the scheduled NFL city, and the other game would be played in an AFL city. Thus all NFL teams would still play seven home games and seven road games.
DAVID G. Fox