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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: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:08 pm

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

Yeah, until Chicago can put more fans in their seats than the Jaguars I don't want to hear it.

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:28 am

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

As a Jags fan I get overly tired of hearing the talk of moving the team due to poor attendance when their are several teams that have a worse attendance then our own. 7 teams have less attendance by count, and 8 by percentage. This is not a guess, but statistical facts.
If there is a team in FL that needs to be moved it's either Tampa or Miami. They do not fully support any team in Tampa. The Rays had to beg for attendance during a championship run, and this past NFL season only seated 86%. Miami had the 2nd worst attendance in the league at 81%. 

What do Cleveland, San Diego, Buffalo, Miami, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, and Cincinnati have in common? All had a worse attendance record then Jacksonville. 

How many more teams are we going to give LA anyway for them to breakdown and send to another city for rebuilding?  They didn't support the Rams. They didn't support the Raiders. They haven't historically supported the Clippers (though that is starting to turn around now that they have a decent team). They don't support the Dodgers fully (64%). BUT they do fill in for a Hockey game. I'll give them that. 

If you want to move a team so be it, but let's look at the teams in the bottom 2 or 3 in attendance. Then let's not send another team to LA for them to abuse and then sell. Let's look at some cities in the central part of the country. Omaha maybe. Toronto. Some where in Mexico maybe.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:14 am

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

I say expand to LA, make everygame a night game (Sun., Mon, and Thurs. nights only)have a pre game concert every week. And pay Tom Cruise to sit behind the home teams bench for each game.
The second team should go to Las Vegas, same set-up night games only. Except they build a dome and only tell the fans the games are at night.

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:12 am

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

I would put a NFL team in Iowa...course then Illinois and Minnesota are gonna want 1 too

Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:06 am

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

If they do expand (I really hope they don't) it will be by four teams. They want to be global and really can't. What they can do is really take over North America and get a slice of Europe. The first four would be L.A, London, Mexico City, and then one more U.S team (probably Las Vegas, Salt Lake City would make a push as well). Then within five years the CFL will finaly merge with the NFl for 4 more teams (I know that means some get left behind but thats what will happen). The 4 teams from the CFL will most likely be Toronto, Montreal, Winnepeg, and Edmonton. Before any fans from teams that don't make the cut yell at me, remember im not making the decision, im just making an educated guess. But either way I expect by 2025 there will be 40 NFL teams. 39 in North America and the 1 team in London. Would they like to expand past that? Of course they would, but don't expect it for awhile. If the fan base grows in Europe then maybe by 2035-2040 you could see another expansion. But this is all just a guess. A guess that the NFL is hoping actully happens.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:52 am

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

Can you tell me what you mean about under performing and how the Jags fit that category? Yes we are a small market and our stadium is one of the largest but by NFL rules we have not had a black out in 2 years. 2009 was a bad year but look at Tampa, how many games have they sold out in the last two years and remember in 2010 the team won 10 games. I think our new owner is about to help us turn things around after 9 yrs of bad decisions and $$ saving by the owner in anticipation of selling the team. I ask like a lot of folks on here, how many times does LA deserve a chance to keep a team?

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:48 am

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

No need to add teams, just move teams from cities who don't want them and do a little reallignment. Move Jacksonville to Los Angeles, Jacksonville should have never gotten that team in the first place. Move Buffalo to Toronto to satisfy the league's desire for an international presence. And there are a handful of teams who if they can't get new stadiums (Vikings, Chargers, and Raiders if SF doesn't want to share their new home) need to move on. If one of those teams moves, make them the second LA team. If more than one wants to move, then the San Antionio and Portland market I believe could support a team. Move Jax to the NFC West, and move St. Louis to the AFC South, giving them a natural geographic rivalry with nearby, Nashville, Houston and Indianapolis. Unless the Vikings move to Portland, then move St. Louis to the NFC North, with their natural city rivals from other sports (NL Central) and (follow me, I know this is radical) move Kansas City to the AFC South. If the Vikings move to San Antonio, put them in the AFC South in Jacksonville's spot, making a new rivalry with Houston. This would help the rivalries by putting most within driving distance for fans, making them more interesting. Just a thought...

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:38 am

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

Maybe the marketing gurus know something that I don't.
Nope, Z-mang, you have it right. Los Angeles is composed of three types of people: the massive influx of people trying to break into show business, the not-so-massive trickle out of town, and teeming hordes who are too poor to get away from that hellhole. Was "sports fans" anywhere on that list? Not even a little bit.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:27 am

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

Omaha and L.A.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:22 am

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

The L.A. market is so fickle.  I know it sounds like  a great idea, but Southern Cal fans are the worst fans for all sports.  I went to a Dodgers game about 5 years ago, they were in contention for the NL west title and playing my Rockies.  There were barely 20,000 people in the stands.  The Rockies, by comparison, were about 5 games behind even the dodgers and still drawing 30K per weekday game.  I thought how sad that a city of 20Million plus drew less fans for such a storied franchise than Denver, which is 3 Million soaking wet. 

Maybe the marketing gurus know something that I don't.

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