Playoff Bowl

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Playoff Bowl (defunct)
Bert Bell Benefit Bowl
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StadiumOrange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
Operated19611970 (January);
NFL game for third place
 Miami is located in the United States
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The Playoff Bowl (officially known as the Bert Bell Benefit Bowl) was a post-season game for third place in the National Football League (NFL), played ten times following the 1960 through 1969 seasons, all at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.[1][2]

Bert Bell was the commissioner of the NFL from 1946 until his death in October 1959. He was a co-founder of the Philadelphia Eagles as well as a co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers during much of the 1940s. His death occurred while attending an Eagles-Steelers game in Philadelphia. Over the decade of the 1960s, the game contributed more than a million dollars to the Bert Bell players' pension fund.[3]

  1. ^ Sandomir, Richard (February 6, 2011). "Little Consolation in Third-Place Game". The New York Times. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "The NFL Used to Play a Third-Place Game, a "Losers' Bowl for Losers"". Mental Floss. 30 Jan 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  3. ^ "'Fun Week' may be over". St. Petersburg Independent. Florida. Associated Press. January 6, 1969. p. 2C.

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