While game cancellations were highly common previous to this date, the NFL has only canceled regular season games twice since that year, both times due to labor conflicts between the league and the National Football League Players Association.... The first season canceled was 1920. The NFL's annual meeting had been scheduled for October 20 in Chicago, but it was postponed until November 10 because of concerns about fans not going to games as well as players not showing up due to protests against the World War I military draft.
The second season canceled was 1982. This was because there were no contracts agreed upon by the owners and players after their negotiations broke down. No games would have been played under these conditions, so they cancelled everything to avoid having nothing to sell.
There have also been seasons canceled due to wars or other disasters such as the 1994 NFL season which was canceled due to the Labor Day Hurricane, which caused extensive damage to parts of the Gulf Coast.
Another canceled season occurred in 1917 when some teams didn't show up for games because of rules regarding military service. The NFL decided not to schedule any more games that year, so we can say with certainty that the only two seasons canceled due to lack of interest from fans or players are 1920 and 1982-83.
Is it ever necessary to cancel a football game due to inclement weather? Only once since 1933 has a game been completely canceled (and never rescheduled) due to weather: the 1935 game between the Boston Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles, which was canceled due to rain and heavy snow. This is the only NFL game ever played in January or February.
It should be noted that this game was not lost by its opponent; instead, it was declared official non-competitive by league rules. The Redskins were given full credit for a win against the Eagles, and their record remains 10-1-1. However, no further games were played that season because the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers both used this same rule on multiple occasions. They would both suspend their seasons due to bad weather, even though they weren't sanctioned by the NFL to do so. This is why you will see many years with only 1-3 regular season games recorded.
In 2014, the Minnesota Vikings were scheduled to play at Washington on December 4th. However, due to blizzard-like conditions that day, the game was postponed until December 12th. That was then moved to January 19th at 4:25 PM local time. In order to make up for the missed game, the NFL granted the Vikings an automatic berth into the 2015 playoffs as the second wild card team.
The following is a list of games that the National Football League has canceled and rescheduled since 1933. In addition to regular season games, the NFL also plays two annual series against college football: the NFL Championship Game and the NFL Europa Series.
In 1937, the NFL canceled all its games for that season due to the lack of available players due to World War II. When play resumed in 1946, several new rules were adopted by the NFL to try to make the game more appealing to fans and to prevent injuries. Two of these rules are important for future scheduling decisions: first, it was ruled that teams must play four home games per year; second, it was decided that if a game was scheduled as a Thursday night contest, then one team would have to be approved by league owners as being in good financial condition if they wanted to hold such a game.
These days, most NFL seasons start between late August and early September and last for 12 weeks, including the playoffs. The current schedule-making process takes place over many months during collective bargaining with the NFL Players Association. The main topics of discussion include the number of games that will be played by each team and their potential placement on television. There is also talk about expanding the schedule beyond 16 games to keep fans interested throughout the entire season.