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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: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:50 am

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

To set the record straight for the upteenth time, the Jags haven't had a game blacked out since 2009 and the tarps you see covering the seats make the stadium capacity more in line with similar sized markets and their capacities. As it stands right now, the team has the 20th largest stadium capacity in the league.  If the tarps were taken off, the stadium would hold a little over 76,500 - making it the 4th largest stadium in the NFL - ahead of everyone except for New York, Washington, and Dallas.  

The largest capacity stadium in the league right now is MetLife in New York at 82,500 with a metro population of roughly 22 Million - meaning 1 out of every 133 people who live there would go to a game to sell out both the Giants and the Jets.  In Jacksonville, that number is 1 out of every 19.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:48 am

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

For those who don't realize it, St. Louis sells their seats out, there was no black outs.  The market is much larger than Oklahoma City.  They also sell out every Hockey game and we all know about the Cardinals.  What the Rams have trouble selling is the Corporate Boxes, which there is 120 available.  Which doesn't count in revenue sharing and pure profit to the team.  But the fans of St. Louis support the team and will continue support them as long as they don't get jerked around. 

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:55 am

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

Just throwing it out there...but for 2011 the team with the worst attendance was Cincinnati. They finished last in average and % of capacity. Their team also made the playoffs. No one ever brings them up when talking about the struggles of Jacksonville, Oakland, San Diego, St. Louis, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, etc.

Point is, there seems to be (as far as I can tell) plenty of options for relocation. Shouldn't the league have a solid base in 32 cities before looking to expand?

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:12 am

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

Add two more teams to play mediocre football to go with the 16 or so already mediocre teams,when they can find 32 nfl playoff worthy quarterbacks,then think about adding more teams,and since that aint happening anythime soon its a dumb idea,if anything they should be culling teams and pooling the talent.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:27 am

A thought or two

The NFL would be healthier if they moved one of the weak Northern Florida teams (either Tampa Bay or Jacksonville) to LA and NOT EXPAND.  The league is very symmetrical right now at 32 teams.  I'll guarentee if they expand to 34 teams then the move up to 36 is less than a decade away.

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:00 am
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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:57 am

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

NFL needs to put a team in Jerkwater...USA. Home of Rambo, and where he was hassled in First Blood. Yeah...that's the ticket...yeah..

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:56 am

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

I think the other team would/should be Toronto... They are a world class city and would easily be a bigger market than quite a few teams in the league. Either that or send one to Vancouver. 

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:31 am

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

kwolff: I'll see your bet and raise it. If the NFL is now all about returning to its roots, then I say it should go all the way. Restore the rightful NFL heritage to Rock Island, Muncie, Akron, and Decatur. Bron-Bron could own the team in Akron. Later, Chris Spielman could fulfill a boyhide dream and return the Bulldogs to Canton where they belong.

Los Angeles should wait its turn.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:26 am

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

kwolff, you lost me at Toronto.  What a terrible suggestion.  Have you seen a CFL game?  Yeah, the stands are pretty much empty.  Although Oklahoma City wouldn't be a terrible choice, I don't see the point because Oklahoma City is a similar market size as St. Louis.  Sure, it would start out great.  High ticket sales.  But then it will fade when the franchise struggles.  Like what happened in St. Louis.  Moved to St. Louis, 6 years later won the big one, then Mike Martz came along, destroyed the team, and now they having issues getting people to show up.  Remember when the Lions absolutely sucked.  Even the Lions could sellout games with a crap team.  But it takes a couple things to do that with a bad team 1) Diehard fans and 2) a large market.

I don't see why the NFL feels like it needs to expand.  I think 32 teams is just fine.  If the NFL really wants a team in LA they should move one of the underperforming, small market teams.  Like the Jags or Rams. 

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