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Pete Rozelle Re-elected as NFL Commissioner

Jan. 8, 1962 - Pete Rozelle (pictured right), a compromise choice as commissioner of the NFL last year, was re-elected by unanimous vote today for a 5-year term at $50,000 a year. Rozelle, 35, was general manager of the Los Angeles Rams until he succeeded the late Bert Bell as commissioner. He was chosen after a prolonged battle involving 25 ballots. “It is quite possible we will have expansion in the next five years,” said Rozelle today. “However, we want to get the Dallas and Minnesota franchises off the ground first.” One of the main problems facing the league is the $10 million antitrust suit brought by the rival American Football League. The suit is scheduled to be heard Feb. 19 in Baltimore.

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