This is a story that has been told over and over. The NFL wants to expand and make more money. With thirty-two teams in the league everything is set up perfect. Sixteen teams in the AFC, sixteen teams in the NFC.
Aside from creating an entire new league in Europe, an expansion makes little sense. That hasn’t stopped the NFL from openly talking about it though. The best possible scenario would be to add one team to each division making a 40 team league.
Here are the best options for each division:
AFC EAST – TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA:
Toronto is the 5th biggest market in North America. While Toronto loves their NHL team the Maple Leaves, they still have a love for the Raptors and the Blue Jays. Bringing in a fourth major sports team only makes sense for the city.
There’s a whopping 5.5 million people in the metropolitan area. This would be an essential market for the NFL to dig into in a full blown expansion.
AFC SOUTH – OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA:
If you asked me ten years ago about OKC, I would have said that there isn’t a chance they get a major sports team. I was young and dumb at the time. The Thunder have proven that there is a market for sports there.
The Sooners prove that football has a strong following. Adding a NFL team would help expand the market even more.
AFC NORTH – VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA:
The general feeling is that a Canadian team wouldn’t work out due to Canada being predominantly a hockey country. Vancouver is the definition of a hockey town.
This location would probably be the hardest on this list to sell to not only the city but to potential owners. It is one of the most beautiful and passionate cities in Canada.
AFC WEST – OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:
Yes, Oakland just lost a team to Vegas. That was a move that should have never happened. Oakland’s fanbase is deathly passionate and not having football in a market like that is key.
Look at the Browns leaving Cleveland for Baltimore as an answer to the question of how that works out. The NFL needs a team in Oakland. Letting the Raiders move was a terrible idea from the start.
NFC EAST – MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA:
Another Canadian market that does indeed want a football team. Montreal hasn’t had a second major sports team since the Expos left for Washington. Many people in Montreal are still sore about that.
It’s hard for a businessman to look at Montreal and say no when there are 4.06 million people in the city and surrounding areas. Passion is built in Canada. All they would need is a few talented guys and they could sell out stadiums quickly.
NFC SOUTH – SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS:
San Antonio was one of the finalists for the new home of the Raiders before Vegas won out.
San Antonio has 2.4 million people in the surrounding area making it the 24th largest market in the United States.
NFC NORTH – PORTLAND, OREGON:
This is the one city that you hear brought up most when someone talks about this topic. Oregon has one major sports teams and are dying to grab another.
2.4 million people live in Portland and the surrounding areas. This makes Oregon the 25th biggest market in the United States.
NFC WEST: SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH:
Utah doesn’t have a single major sports team besides the Jazz. Any other team is far enough away where you wouldn’t really be stepping on the toes of the existing fan bases.
As of 2014, the Salt Lake City and surrounding areas had a mere 1.4 million people. This would be the lowest on this list in terms of potential people. This would still be more than someone like Green Bay who holds a big four team.
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