They would add another team to southern football and could easily find a rivalry with any Texas team if not all three of them (San Antonio?). As a result, while wishing to retain the support of anyone for a London team on a second favorite basis, the NFL's UK operation has been focussing on growing the fan base by reaching out to younger fans without an established allegiance, and others who are entirely new to the sport. It's starting to look like Jacksonville could lose their team, but Florida absolutely can easily have another team in Orlando. This eliminates the expense, currently over one billion United States dollars, of constructing a stadium for the team that meets NFL specifications. ", Game Plan: NFL Believes London is Ready for Team; 2022 Target is Doable, "London NFL team needs two million extra fans", "NFL plans permanent UK-based franchise 'in six years, "NFL expansion to London is 'extraordinary', says Leiweke", "London-based NFL team receives boost with Chancellor confirming he has held talks over a Wembley franchise", "NFL scraps all four London 2020 fixtures set for Wembley and Tottenham", "NFL 'monitoring' UK situation after Brexit vote", "Will Brexit Bench NFL, NBA In The United Kingdom? There are several possible locations for these new teams, both in the U.S and abroad, so here's a list of the top 20 NFL teams of the future. In order to clear these obstacles, it has been suggested the NFL would either have to create its own governing body in the UK, or work through BAFA after they gain approval. They sold out their first two games in 2010 and averaged over 5,000 more fans than anybody else in the league. This was also the case for the former St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers until their respective moves to Los Angeles in 2016 and 2017 (even so, although the Rams own both teams' current home of SoFi Stadium and are almost certain to stay in Los Angeles for the long-term, the Chargers are leasing that stadium and have not yet established a fan base, leaving open the possibility for another relocation),[16] and the former Oakland Raiders until relocation to Las Vegas was approved in 2017.[15][17]. This has been something Portland has actively sought after since 2000 according to the Portland Business Journal so starting a new franchise or relocating one within the U.S would be a lot easier for the NFL than trying to cross national borders. Still, the NFL would have to find away around huge issues like time zone differences, jet lag, and getting players to move to Europe if they get acquired by one of the teams there. Similarly, another issue is whether or not it would have a base in the US for the off-season period, the gap between whenever their season ends until the start of the following training camp, in which the club will normally hold several meetings regarding staff and player contracts. and "Most players enjoy the experience of going over to London and from our perspective a team based in the UK could be viable – but only if the working conditions and health and safety aspects are satisfactory". In the late 1990s when the NFL voted on an expansion team, L.A. was shafted for Houston. With football even being more popular in the Lone Star State there's no reason to believe that the NFL shouldn't add one too. A London NFL franchise would be intended to grow the league's revenues and provide further access to the British and European markets. A number of issues need to be resolved before a London franchise can be set up; speaking in 2015 Waller stated "We feel very comfortable from a fan perspective, from a sponsor and a stadium perspective now, that we have all of the right things in place. Their success or failure could be a great indicator of the potential of Norfolk as a future NFL franchise location. According to CBS Sports Pete Prisco the team was forced back to New Orleans, ownership didn't even want to bring the team back to the Bayou. In the CFL, the Montreal Alouettes have enjoyed crowds of nearly 70,000 in big games (Grey Cup matches). [40], The NFL and others have also recognised that the current arrangement of giving all teams that play an International Series game the following week off (a bye-week) as being impractical if a London franchise was created, leading to the need to either change the schedule, or persuade teams to play UK and US fixtures in adjacent weeks. [22], Given the size of London, it has even been suggested by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank that there could ultimately be more than one franchise located in London, although not before a team in another European country.[6]. It's over an hour and a half from Portland to Corvallis (home of the Beavers), and even a bit further to Eugene (Ducks). 7:21. Benson also mentions that the sport was twice as popular in the 80's, so there actually is a potential fan base there. [1], An affirmative vote of three-quarters of the owners of the NFL's 32 clubs is required before a new team can be created (known as expansion) or before an existing team is allowed to move to a new market (known as relocation), i.e. With rumor winds blowing harder than ever about an NFL return to LA, expansion of the league is … As happened with the Buffalo Bills in 2014, even franchises with relatively long lease agreements but which are otherwise seen as struggling in their own market, are often named by the media as potential candidates for relocation to London, on the basis that those advocating relocation to a more lucrative market would be offering more money than those proposing to stay put. If crowds like that are attending the college games, imagine how well a pro team would do there. With a shifting landscape based on relocation, here are 10 cities that need an NFL expansion team. The NFL could never support that. The Nighthawks, Omaha's UFL team, have enjoyed wild success considering their semi-pro status. Throughout years of experimentation in Europe, Germany has always had several teams competing, and football seems to have really gained a foothold there. The city is regularly ranked on the best places to live and cities of the future lists, and could present interesting new opportunities for the NFL to ... it remains to be seen if the Virginia capital would consider doing so for an expansion team that wasn’t owned by the antagonistic Snyder. Japan's X-League has several teams that are kept afloat by corporate sponsors who wouldn't contribute money if there wasn't money to be made, so there is hope yet. [15] That number had risen to 40,000 repeat customers for the four-game package in 2017. The fourth expansion team can go anywhere, but I would put it in Salt Lake City. According to ProFootballWeekly, the city is biding their time until L.A gets their team, then they will make their move for the next team. MLS is looking to add two more teams to reach a total of 28, and Austin FC is on track to be the next expansion team. Their Spring Game attendance was second in the nation this year, with over 77,000 in attendance according to ESPN's Tim Griffin. [9], As the designated home team for the International Series, the Jacksonville Jaguars are often mentioned as the most likely existing NFL team to relocate to London, leaving their current home of TIAA Bank Field in Florida. By Julian Sonny. Rome is the biggest city in Italy, with a population of over 3.3 million people. It was built with locker rooms which are twice the size usually found in soccer venues, which allows them to accommodate a 53-man NFL roster. A 10-year restriction on having to play all home games at Wembley expired in 2017, although Wembley remains the regular home of the team. [1], As of 2013, players appearing in International Series games were subject to UK tax on their income and endorsements on a pro rata basis. Popular interest waned with the growth of the Premier League in the 1990s, although it grew again from 2007 following the establishment of the International Series. In a city where the Jazz dominate the sports scene, a change could be refreshing. Just two short years later, they topped 20,000 fans to set a new attendance record in their last regular season game. It's a question of when, not if, the NFL expands again. The L.A. Memorial Coliseum actually hosted the first ever Super Bowl, and the city's two former NFL teams, the Raiders and the Rams. It also led to steady increases in actual participation in amateur games. They are even reshaping the UFL's expansion plans according to Jeff Sheldon of UFL.com. Another potential issue is the natural grass pitch (following the first International Series game, the pitch was upgraded to a partly artificial Desso surface[1]) – with previous England team manager Roy Hodgson having complained about the state of the surface after just two International Series games,[10] claiming one player injured his ankle in 2014 because of the cut-up pitch. The Commissioner can only resist the inevitable for so long though, as the allure of the country's gambling capital can't be avoided forever. [9] One potential issue affecting competition that has been identified (by an NFL team owner) is what happens should a London franchise reach the post-season, which could possibly involve a long trip for a west coast based team to London, and then back to the US for the next weekend. The Chargers were based in the city from 1961-2016 before packing up and heading to the City of Angels. London would obviously love to have a team of their own and Goodell wants to make his move as soon as possible. So I have been thinking about the possibilities of what would happen if the NFL brought in 4 expansion teams over the next 10 years. As a member of the European Union (EU), much of the UK's laws are based on EU law. [26] Supporting the idea, the BBC contrasted the low attendances of some England football friendlies at Wembley, which reached a record low of 40,181 in 2014, surpassing the previous record of 48,876 in 2011, with the 80,000 crowds for the 2014 three game International Series. The Utes have exceeded capacity at every home game for the past two years according to the school's website. [8][10] It is often pointed out in support that current Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is himself based in London, and also owns Fulham F.C. "[6], In the opinion of former NFL executive Jim Bailey, the NFL would probably prefer to create a London-based franchise through the expansion route, since that would offer them more control over the process. Los Angeles has two teams. The Liga Nacional de Fútbol Americano (LNFA) is currently in it's 17th season, and there are an impressive 14 total teams involved. [46] This followed a 2013 comment that "Expanding to London by definition is a change in working conditions, placing the conversation squarely in the context of collective bargaining". Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Jacksonville are among those with relatively older stadiums and team leases expiring by 2030. A new stadium would be needed though, which is never an easy thing to make happen. Its proposed capacity of 61,000 was described a being more appropriate for the day-to-day requirements of an NFL franchise than Wembley's 84,000. Also, I noticed some people saying Las Vegas, but the NFL, just like the NBA, currently is totally against having a pro team (in the league with the highest gambling totals) in the gambling center of the U.S. . In 2003, they moved to Olympic Stadium and drew an average crowd of over 12,000 despite going 3-7 on the year. Portland could add a team to bridge the huge northern gap between Seattle and Minnesota. In 1991, the NFL was looking to add two expansion teams from the four finalists: St. Louis Stallions, Carolina Panthers, Memphis Hound Dogs and … The IFAF endorsed JAFA (Japanese American Football Association) also works to keep youth football popular, which could lead to a restoration of the sport's popularity. Attendance at last year's Bill's game in Toronto was only 20,000 according to NBC Sports, a number some UFL teams beat, but can you blame the locals? If a true blue NFL squad was brought to Berlin, 20,000 fans would be an all time low in attendance. Just to spite Goodell, wouldn't changing their name to the Luck just be great? At 32 teams, however, the NFL is at a pretty perfect size. The Sooners always draw a huge crowd, over 83,000 on average since 2003 according to SoonerSports.com. They are also drawing early interest from fans in bigger numbers, which is huge. On March 27, 2017, it was reported by City A.M. that the Jaguars are in discussion to build a permanent training facility near Wembley Stadium. Since it would be the first of many new teams, fans should look forward to London's first NFL franchise the most. The total metro area population exceeds 1.2 million and CNN Money ranked it as the number one city to start a business. If [they] realize that any of them could be traded to the London team, or could have a London-based team as their only option for ongoing NFL employment via free agency, keeping a team out of London would keep that from ever happening. USA Today reported that the commissioner seems to think that Europe could house an entire division of teams, and with better talent than NFL Europe ever had, the second time might be the charm. If expanded to a full slate of regular season games, it has been suggested that unless the government granted exemptions to attract the NFL, which have been applied to some but not all sports/athletes, then the difference between the UK and US tax codes would be have the effect of making the after-tax value of a player contract considerably less when signed by a UK-based team compared to a similar contract with a US-based team. New York has two teams. [1][4] The NFL's UK operation has pointed to the success of the 1995 expansion team the Carolina Panthers having grown a fanbase in a previously untapped market to support the idea that a London team could do the same. If football does make a comeback in Japan, Tokyo's population of over 12 million people would easily support an NFL franchise. Citing sports lawyer Andrew Nixon, ESPN suggested in 2013 that while the draft may be permissible for the same reasons it is in the US, the age restriction had no US analogy, and so how it would be interpreted by the European Commission would be difficult to predict. Memphis almost had an NFL franchise back in the 1990’s but could only watch as Carolina and Jacksonville were awarded expansion teams. ", "Sale of Panthers to David Tepper finalized", Raiders most likely to play in Bay Area in 2019 at the stadium of either 49ers or Giants, "Buffalo Bills face potential move with upcoming sale", "Buffalo Bills to remain in Orchard Park through 2023", "Why not London Bucs? "[45], Hypothetical American football team based in London, major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada, financial, legal and logistical challenges, Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium in Northumberland Park, National Football League collective bargaining agreement, National Football League Players Association, List of National Football League games played outside the United States, "Vikings in limbo and expansion not on NFL's radar", "Three NFL teams apply to move to Los Angeles area", "How close are we to a London Jaguars NFL franchise? [9] In addition to the travel, it is believed this also presents a challenge in terms of potentially leaving away teams only a week to plan a foreign trip (in contrast to teams knowing the regular season schedule months in advance). If teams started to sprout up all across Europe, then it could become a worldwide epicdemic. ", "NFLPA believes it can block a move to London", "London NFL franchise remains some way off, players' union says", List of American football teams in the United Kingdom, British Universities American Football League, British American Football Referees' Association, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Potential_London_NFL_franchise&oldid=995925582, All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Pages using navbox columns without the first column, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 December 2020, at 16:38. Los Angeles has aggressively tried to acquire another franchise ever since the previous two bolted. The NBA has three teams in Texas. It was only supposed to serve as a developmental league, but still, there wasn't much motivation for fans to go see teams. If Britain's capital started to enjoy the success and profits of an NFL team, then all of Europe would want one. Collegiate and professional teams (other than the Jags) do very well there. Individual visas may still also be denied due to issues such as criminal convictions.[7]. The most immediate likely candidate for relocation is the Carolina Panthers. Expanding to Canada would be much easier than crossing the Atlantic theoretically. Since 2007, the league has held multiple regular season games in London each season as part of NFL London Games, allowing the league to test solutions to some of the challenges facing a hypothetical London franchise. Canada . [43] Nonetheless, some speculation has led to keep NFL owners on alert if the UK goes into a recession following an exit from the EU.[44]. [29], On July 8, 2015 it was announced that the NFL had agreed to stage a minimum of two games a season for a ten-year period at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium in Northumberland Park, which opened nearly a year behind schedule in 2019. [15], The scheduling of the first back-to-back weekend fixtures in the 2015 International Series was also a test of a potential London franchise on competitiveness. Apparently a couple of Buffalo Bills regular season games over the years in Toronto won't satisfy the cities appetite for world class football. Toronto has done everything they could to get an NFL team shy of demanding one. California's capital might be about to lose their NBA franchise, but an NFL team could land there some day. [39], It has been suggested that a significant stumbling block to creating the necessary fanbase is ironically the success of the NFL in promoting itself in the UK in the past. Football in Florida is never a bad thing and Orlando players could go to Disney world whether they win the Super Bowl or not. It shouldn't be looked over that all of those people paid ten bucks to see a glorified scrimmage. Cost and logistics concerns made this scenario unlikely, and the Raiders ultimately decided to renew their agreement with the Oakland Coliseum after initially stating they would not do so.[19]. View the future NFL schedules and opponents for the AFC and NFC at FBSchedules.com. American football isn't exactly established there, but it's on its way. Estadia Azteca's huge capacity coupled with Mexico City's huge population of over 20 million leave no doubt that a football team would be extremely well off there. NFL Expansion: These 10 Cities Absolutely Need NFL Teams. While Utah doesn't exactly pop up in the mind right away when thinking of highly populated metropolitan areas, Salt Lake City and the surrounding metro area has a population of about 1.2 million. [23] The stadium's owners, the Football Association, are reportedly interested in using Wembley as the base of a London team, but it has been suggested by The Telegraph that they may struggle to accommodate a full programme of NFL games, as well as hosting the England national football team. The impact of the Bosman ruling on players contracts is also unclear. The team that has most often been connected to a move to Toronto is the Buffalo Bills, and … 0 of 12. [8], Speaking in 2012, Goodell responded positively to the prospect of creating new teams through expansion "in the foreseeable future". [2] It has been speculated that the current (2012) US market was saturated, and so it was unlikely that an expansion team within the US would generate the NFL's desired growth without a fundamental change in their funding model, such as the introduction of pay-per-view TV, which was also seen as unlikely since the league's current broadcasting contracts run to 2022. Chicago. 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