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Goodell: If NFL expands, it'll add two more teams

Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:01 am
 
GoodellBy Josh Katzowitz

It’s no secret the NFL wants to expand to Los Angeles. And while so much of the attention has been focused on which franchise would relocate to L.A. -- whether it’s the Chargers, Vikings, Jaguars or Rams -- we haven’t discussed much the possibility of the NFL expanding.

Apparently, that’s an option.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday on Costas Live on the NBC Sports Network that if the league places a team in L.A., the NFL probably would add two more franchises to make it an even 34.

Goodell said the league "doesn't want to move any of our teams” and “we probably don’t want to go to 33” if the NFL decides expansion is a good choice.

The last time the NFL added an expansion team was the Texans in 2002 to move from 31 teams to 32. Goodell told Bob Costas that there is no timetable for putting a team back in L.A. for the first time since the Rams left for St. Louis and the Raiders returned to Oakland in 1994.

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Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Goodell: If NFL expands, it'll add two more teams

Adding two more teams, I say okay as long as they don't let the Vikings leave Minnesota.

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Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:31 pm
 

Goodell: If NFL expands, it'll add two more teams

Well I guess I don't know anything. The NFL owns part of the CFL. Ok, maybe they do, but even still....the NFL would have to pay alot of cash to the MAJORITY OWNERS of the CFL to take over Canada and place franchises there...ESPECIALLY in cities where there are CFL teams. And as for me (and the other two guys) being morons....um...."Ihate ManUTD"....you ARE a soccer fan....who could possibly be a bigger moron than a freakin euro gay soccer fan? Go kick your balls around and leave the REAL sports to us.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Goodell: If NFL expands, it'll add two more teams

Morons seem to be in vogue today.....


Case 1: TigerSockRocket - "What a terrible suggestion. Have you seen a CFL game? Yeah the stands are pretty much empty"
What has CFL got to do with NFL? CFL has different rules, different number of downs, different size of field, etc to NFL.
By this moron's logic LA or any other city that had or has a WFL, USFL, XFL or UFL team should not be considered for a NFL team, afterall the stands were pretty much empty. Then again London should, as the stands are pretty much full! 

Case 2: Snack33 - "Too many legal issues with the CFL and their leases and contracts" 
The CFL cannot do anything, if the NFL wants to place a team in Toronto. Could the NFL stop the WFL or USFL all those years ago? Did the AHL stop Winnipeg from getting a NHL team? Hell No! Do you think the UFL or Arena football can stop the NFL if the NFL decides to put a team where these leagues already have a team? Hell No! BTW, the NFL partially owns the CFL and thus do you think the NFL will sue itself? I would expect better from a 48 year old.

Case 3: Blitzylvania - 7 5 teams divisons, 5 7 team divisions??????????? What the hell are you on about. If the NFL does expand then the most logic solution would be to expand to 36 teams and go back to 3 divsions per conference.

People think before you post.    

    




Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:00 pm
 

Goodell: If NFL expands, it'll add two more teams

 

We don't have a REAL nfl team in Arizona, and could pull from all of northern Mexico


Getting them to go home will be the REAL challenge.



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Goodell: If NFL expands, it'll add two more teams

The same economic analysis I mentioned earlier that identified several cities (Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Riverside-San Bernardino, Birmingham, etc.) as prime NFL expansion or relocation targets also lists markets that over oversaturated with pro sports teams based on their available income. Here's a list of cities that on paper, anyway, can't support the teams they already have. The higher on the list, the more saturated the city:
  • Denver
  • Cleveland
  • Pittsburgh
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg
  • Kansas City
  • Phoenix
  • St. Louis
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Cincinnati
  • Buffalo
  • New Orleans
  • Detroit
  • San Francisco-Oakland
I think this is interesting. Denver supports its Rockies and Broncos quite well and its Nuggets decently. Pittsburgh is also amazing in its capacity to support all of its teams, even the sadsack Pirates. Those have to be the two best sports towns in America, per capita at least. The Twin Cities do a fine job of supporting their baseball team and somehow manage to find time for the Vikings and even the T-Wolves. Cleveland struggles a little more to support its teams, but they basically do ok. They put a suprisingly decent number of fans in the seats for the post-LBJ Cavs!

Most of the other cities on the list have attendance issues in one or more pro sports. Tampa-St. Pete ranked 30th out of 32 NFL teams and 28th out of 30 MLB teams. Ouch. The city just doesn't have enough fans to support both, apparently. Cincinnati and St. Louis are fantastic baseball towns, but struggle to put enough fans in the seats for football. Kansas City is the opposite. They back the Chiefs mightily but seem downright despondent about the Royals. A similar pattern is seen in New Orleans (strong in football fandom, not so much in basketball).

So here's my list of franchises that are in a lot of trouble without the demographic resources to hope much for a rebound--and who therefore should really look hard at relocation:

NFL: Bucs, Cardinals, Rams, Bills, Bengals
MLB: Rays, Royals (although only one city, Riverside-San Bernardino, really has enough big $$$ available for a baseball franchise, unless they want to put a third team in the NYC area)
NBA: Hornets





Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:01 pm
 

Goodell: If NFL expands, it'll add two more teams

Gee dumb@ss, maybe if you could read sarcasm you wouldn't look so stupid.  Maybe Chicago should build a new stadium and put that old pos out of it's misery.

11 million and you can only put 100,000 seats in? You should build it 3 times that size then we can talk about things being even as far as fan support per capita goes. 



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:57 pm
 

Goodell: If NFL expands, it'll add two more teams

Please quit with the "fans didn't support and LA team" stuff. The reason those 2 teams left is because LA couldn't get it's act together and build a real NFL stadium. The Collesium is a complete dump. Al Davis moved there because LA promised him they would build one, and they went back on their word. Before you point out what a dump they have in Oakland, he only moved back to Oakland because THEY promised to build him one if he moved back. The Rams moved to St. Louis because they built a stadium and it was obvious LA was nowhere close. LA Fans will support an LA team, they just need LA to support one too. And Cincy, Tampa and all the other teams mentioned having lower attendance than the Jags all have one thing in common: they all have a new stadium and are more than likely locked into a long term lease. If Jacksonville builds an actual NFL stadium instead of playing in a college one, then you have a case, until then you are the bottom NFL market.



Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Goodell: If NFL expands, it'll add two more teams

JagNative are you stupid go read stadium capacity before being considered dumb.  Chicago only has 61,500 seats to fill but we have more attendance than that and we fill our stadium over the capacity limit that is what the 101% means.  As far as your jags they have a 67,246 seat capacity but come up short of filling it by 5000 seats that is your 92%.  So get your info before writing stupid things. If chicago would of built a new stadium they could fill it every week with 100,000 capacity but actually they revamped the old stadium and actully lost seats. There are over 11 million people in the chicago area so filling a new stadium with 100,000 seats would of been no problem and it would probably be still 101 % filled.  Maybe with uneducated people like yourself the jags should be moved to L.A.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:27 pm
 

Goodell: If NFL expands, it'll add two more teams

L.A. doesn't deserve a team. I mean how many teams have to fail in LA for that to be clear? Once again, Goodell does not act in the best interest of the sport. He's a tool. Literally and figuratively.


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