July 22, 2018 - 

Electric Football Game Celebrates 70th Anniversary

 
SEATTLE, Wash.— Tudor Games, makers of the Electric Football game, announced the 70th anniversary celebration of the Electric Football game, which was created in post-war Brooklyn, New York as a plug-in vibrating board game. Since that time, more than 40 million Electric Football games have been sold.

Invented in the late 1940s, Electric Football debuted at the New York Toy Fair when the National Football League (NFL) and college football were gaining popularity due to the broadcast of games on television. Since it was introduced, the vibrating game has the distinction of being one of the NFL’s longest-running items, with the first officially licensed NFL Electric Football games sold by Sears in 1961.

“The NFL is very proud of its longstanding relationship with Tudor Games Electric Football,” said Rhiannon Madden, vice president of consumer products at the National Football League. “The game continues to play a significant role in teaching football basics and bringing the sport into homes everywhere. Many NFL players, alumni and coaches grew up playing Electric Football, and we hope the game is inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame for its impact on generations of football fans.”

Norman Sas invented the game and built it into a successful toy empire. Sas passed away in 2012 at the age of 87 and is survived by his wife Irene, her children and grandchildren, some of whom attended Toy Fair 2018 to see the industry Electric Football helped to shape.

The celebration features a letter-writing and petition campaign aimed at inducting Electric Football into the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y. 

The anniversary will be celebrated with contests for Electric Football enthusiast, special products and commemorative packaging to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the toy.

For more information, visit www.tudorgames.com.