(This can just be an open thread if you like.)
I’ve been thinking about JC’s discussion of expanding football — maybe with a spring league. I figure such a league would have 8, 10, or 12 teams. Three teams would be in New York (you might even get the city to spruce up Shea for football to get a team inside the city), LA, and Chicago. The others would go in areas that (like LA) don’t have football. So where?
The largest population areas without pro football (those marked with an * have no major professional sports, including hockey) are:
13… Riverside (CA – aka “Inland Empire”)*
30… San Antonio
31… San Jose
32… Las Vegas*
33… Columbus (OH)
34… Virginia Beach/Norfolk*
47… Oklahoma City (has the Hornets part-time but they are moving out)
These are all larger than Buffalo, the second-smallest market in the NFL. The smallest is, by far, Green Bay, but I count that as Milwaukee.
50… Rochester (NY)*
51… Salt Lake City
That’s every metro area over a million. I am insane. Anyway, here’s my alignment of a 12-team league:
Somewhere In Virginia
Los Angeles OR Inland Empire
San Jose OR Sacramento
What do you think? Other than that I’m insane?
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