In an organized sports league, a typical season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session: for example, in Major League Baseball the season lasts approximately from the last week of March to the last week of September. In other team sports, like association football or basketball, it is generally from August or September to May although in some countries - such as Northern Europe or East Asia - the season starts in the spring and finishes in autumn, mainly due to weather conditions encountered during the winter.More
The 1940 National Football League Draft was held on December 9, 1939, at the Schroeder Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.More
Major rule changes
The penalty for a forward pass not from scrimmage is 5 yards.
Penalties for fouls that occur prior to a pass or kick from behind the line of scrimmage are enforced from the previous spot. However, penalties for fouls during a free ball or when the offensive team fouls behind their line are enforced from the spot of the foul.
Fouls enforced in the field of play cannot penalize the ball more than half the distance to the offender's goal line.
If the offensive team commits pass interference in their opponent's end zone, the defense has the choice of 15 yards from the previous spot and a loss of down, or a touchback.
The Eastern and Western Divisions of the National Football League, renamed the American and National Conferences in 1950 and then the Eastern and Western Conferences in 1953, were organized as a result of the disputed NFL championship of 1932. NFL owners agreed that henceforth there would be an annual championship game, to be played between the teams with the best records from two divisions, Eastern and Western. The two-division/conference structure remained essentially stable for over 35 years, including the absorption of former All-America Football Conference teams in 1950, and the early expansion teams added in the 1960s in response to the American Football League. With the 1970 AFL–NFL merger the new, larger league was reorganized.More
The 1940 season was the Chicago Bears' 21st in the National Football League. The team matched on their 8–3 record from 1939 under head coach George Halas. Behind NFL great Sid Luckman, the club gained a berth in the NFL Championship. There the club stormed the Washington Redskins under the brand new formation known as the T formation to claim their fourth league title.More
4 1940 Green Bay Packers season
The 1940 Green Bay Packers season was their 22nd season overall and their 20th season in the National Football League. The team finished with a 6–4–1 record under coach Curly Lambeau, earning them a second-place finish in the Western Conference.More
5 1940 Detroit Lions season
The 1940 Detroit Lions season was their 11th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous season's output of 6–5, winning only five games. They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.More
6 1940 Cleveland Rams season
The 1940 Cleveland Rams season was the team's fourth year with the National Football League and the fifth season in Cleveland.More
7 1940 Chicago Cardinals season
The 1940 Chicago Cardinals season was their 21st in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 1–10, winning two games. They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the 15th consecutive season.More