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Thu Jan 14, 2016, 07:40 PM

 

Top 5 cities primed to be relocation targets for NFL team

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/top-5-cities-primed-to-be-relocation-targets-for-nfl-team-025847559.html

With the NFL's biggest relocation bargaining chip off the table, the pool of NFL cities got shuffled and significantly more shallow. And as expected, it's not as sexy with Los Angeles waiting in the front of the line.

But the journey to land the NFL continues in many regions, potentially starting anew in one city that just lost a team (St. Louis) and another that appears likely to lose theirs (San Diego) in the coming weeks and months. Here's a look at the rankings for the next NFL relocation:...

2. Toronto: With a population roughly the size of Chicago, Toronto has the potential fan base that puts it in the NFL wheelhouse. And it's not a city where you have to sell the game. The Buffalo Bills' Toronto series drew solid crowds for six straight seasons, although those numbers faded as Buffalo consistently presented bad teams in the games. Much like Los Angeles, it's believed that Toronto is a front-running city that would need an owner motivated to keep his team near the top of the standings. But politically it has shown a thirst for an NFL club, and that would make the stadium-building process much easier. And the location and state of the city compare favorably to some of the best large municipalities in the United States.

3. London: A lot of people talk about London as if it has moved atop the NFL's relocation list now that Los Angeles is off the board. There's no doubt the league would love to expand its brand into a city with worldwide appeal and a market with 8.5 million people. But it's also a pipedream for the NFL until staggering logistical problems are worked out. London is nearly 3,500 miles east of New York and eight hours ahead of the league's West Coast audience. From a geographical standpoint, there are many unanswered questions in how a London franchise could play eight regular-season games a year in the United States. Financially? London and the NFL would make it very much worth an owner's time to move a team across the Atlantic Ocean. But it would be riddled with massive gambles: whether the fan base will hold up through struggles, the financial exchange implications on a salary cap, hurdles in travel, the perceived unfair burden to divisional opponents taking on an annual overseas game are just to name a few. Mexico City would likely be an easier foreign market to target from a proximity standpoint. But the NFL doesn't want to hear that, and it won't stop the continued push to keep London on the agenda. The money-making possibilities and strong NFL support push London far higher up this list than reality suggests it should be.

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Reply Top 5 cities primed to be relocation targets for NFL team (Original post)
KamaAina Jan 2016 OP
El Supremo Jan 2016 #1
KamaAina Jan 2016 #2
T_i_B Jan 2016 #3
WhaTHellsgoingonhere Jan 2016 #4
KamaAina Jan 2016 #5
WhaTHellsgoingonhere Jan 2016 #6
Iggo Jan 2016 #7

Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Thu Jan 14, 2016, 08:28 PM

1. There is really only one or two.

St. Louis doesn't want another team after losing two within 20 years. It is far more interested in baseball anyway.

If the Chargers move to LA with the Rams then San Diego is too close to those two other teams and can't support the market for a third.

Like it says, Dallas and Houston won't allow their San Antonio/Austin market to be taken over.

So that leaves only two foreign cities. One of which doesn't even understand or like American football.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 14, 2016, 08:37 PM

2. There are more American football fans across the pond than you might imagine

 

The NFL regular-season games always do well. One of them always features (?) the Jags, who have been tipped as the likely candidate for a London move (as have the Bills for Toronto). Earlier, they had the London Monarchs in NFL Europe.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 08:37 AM

3. NFL fans include the Tory party

http://www.espn.co.uk/american-football/story/_/id/12690535/conservative-party-announces-ambitions-united-kingdom-based-nfl-nba-mlb-franchise-part-manifesto-ahead-uk-general-election

Personally I think that the UK government should stop sucking up to American sports and do much more to promote our own sports such as Rugby League in the states instead.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 10:35 AM

4. Yes, lots of interest in NFL in London, but players union

 

...blocks this. It's punishment to go to London.

If the Cowboys and Texans don't want a third team, how excited do you think the CFL is to have an NFL team in Toronto. That would be pretty fucked up to go to Toronto. Internationally, only Mexico City makes sense.

The NFL should stay put. San Diego, St Louis. That said, Denver is on an island. Maybe Salt Lake City. SLC/Provo. 3 million combined, 50 minute drive. (Larger than Vegas CSA)




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Response to WhaTHellsgoingonhere (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 12:23 PM

5. When did the Ravens move to Virginia?

 

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:22 PM

6. I found this image on my phone. I didn't realize it was created by an Eagles fan until

 

...I got to see it on the big screen. lol

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2016, 03:00 PM

7. Squeezed all the stadiums they could out of not having a team in L.A.

Now they're gonna try it again in a city near you.

I hope people don't fall for it. But I'm pretty sure they will.

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