The first American Football League (AFL), sometimes called AFLG or the Grange League, was a professional American football league founded in 1926 by Charles C.C. Pyle, the sports agent for star player Red Grange. While a new nine-team AFL was competing against a National Football League that expanded to 26 teams for the 1926 season, optimism yielded to economic reality for both leagues as most professional football franchises were on financially shaky ground. While the Yankees and the Quakers consistently drew large crowds, the rest of the AFL did not. The lack of star power and the uncertain financial conditions of the other seven teams led to the league’s dissolution after one season.