Photograph Karl R. Josker
The new Buffalo Bills were still part of the AAFC... the All-American Football Conference in 1947. With a new and permanent name, the team owners tried their best to join the true football conference... the NFL. Even when most of the AAFC merged with the NFL however the Bills were excluded. Soon the Baltimore Colts, the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns were all invited to join the NFL... but not the Bills. The franchise couldn't understand why they were being left out as they had outdrawn the Baltimore Colts by quite a large margin and they didn't have a competing media market like Baltimore did with the Washington Redskins. Hoping to show a sign of true faith, the Bills owners decided to let the fans take the matter into their own hands.