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Top 10 Cities for NFL Expansion

By on June 2, 2014

#4 San Antonio, Texas

City Population: 1.4 Million

Potential Stadium: Alamodome

Why They Deserve An NFL Franchise: When the Saints needed a home after Hurricane Katrina wrecked theirs, San Antonio provided some great hospitality. While it was important for the Saints to return home to New Orleans, some considered San Antonio as an option to become their new home if the Superdome was irreparable.


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Up Next: Toronto

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  1. Kofi_Annans_Hitman

    July 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Toronto is a joke. I live here and this dump of a town would not support anything to do with the NFL. Hell, the Bills series has been cancelled. They had to GIVE TICKETS away to fill seats for the last 2 Bills games.

    • tommy

      September 29, 2014 at 1:25 am

      if a team is placed in that town it would generate much more support from the local business community
      the economic impact for Toronto would not only bring hundreds of high paying jobs to players coaches trainers executives and front office personnel scouts equipment and facilities staff

      they will need homes groceries cars clothes entertainment etc
      i think the average NFL team has an operating budget in the 300,000,000.00 that’s three hundred million each year
      all of that money fuels more jobs potentially thousands of people going to work

      there is a reason governments put up with having to pay for new stadiums and give tax breaks to keep teams . it is a necessary evil to keep money flowing
      not to mention the spotlight
      i am from New Orleans but live in Charlotte Charlotte is actually a pretty good place every time the Panthers play a nationally televised game the town gets the spotlight sometimes its an international stage

      embrace it even if u don’t like the sport its good the town

      • scott

        December 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

        The staff/employees of a NFL team would have zero impact on the Toronto economy, you make it sound like they would have to build new supermarkets and restaurants just to feed them all.

        Where did you get your degree…Long Beach 🙂

        We have the CFL we dont need the NFL anyway.

        Rogers hasn`t got the money for a team, and like the man said the Bills experiment was a joke.

        However I do agree with your first point that mindless unpatriotic Torontonians would support it, but the thing is the NFL does not know that, there is no data to support it.

        The latest is Disney Eisner wants a team in LA, other people want US based teams, Rogers in multiple reports was seen as not even serious, and Bon Jovi did not have enough either, bottom line is that there is not anybody serious enough in Toronto from the eyes of the NFL

        THANK GOD

      • Biff Donut

        March 27, 2015 at 6:22 pm

        Which is why Buffalo is such a booming Rust Belt city? Or Jacksonville? Go read Andrew Zimbalist’s book on the Econ 101 impact of sports teams on cities. It sure ain’t $300 million in revenue after you factor in building the stadium and whatnot.

  2. tommy

    September 29, 2014 at 1:07 am

    London absolutely build housing & training facilities near the proposed stadium and allow teams to play 2 or 3 consecutive games each time the teams cross “the pond”
    that would give players time to adjust the time zone changes and allow for a an opportunity to experience “living” in a different country
    Toronto would slide perfectly in as an addition to AFC east
    Mexico , …………..can anyone truly operate safely there high paid athletes and executives would make for ready victims of kidnapping for ransom
    Biloxi comes to mind maybe a “gulf coast” team to include mobile & Florida panhandle

    la is a dangerous notion but they do have multiple top tier college football problems that get a lot of support if its an expansion team I say why not but no way the NFL allows a team to move there with the possibility it may want to move again lets not forget they once had 2 teams and couldn’t keep either

    • larpman

      May 24, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      14 of the current NFL cities have a higher murder rate than Mexico City. Six of those have a murder rate more twice that of Mexico City. The high crime states of Mexico are long the US border (Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Nuevo Leon, …) and the central west coast (Guerrero, Michoacan). Mexico City has large number of wealthy people including the #1 or #2 richest man in the world ( Carlos Slim and Bill Gates keep switching places at 1 and 2). The eastern suburbs are not safe, but there is no reason to go there.

  3. Jerry

    October 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I think Toronto, London and Mexico would be a waste of money and a joke. I think bringing a team to Los Angeles would be beneficial. I am a Chargers fan, but in Los Angeles it has a big raider base. Bringing back that team will generate tons of revenue and create new jobs that is well needed in this state. Also Las Vegas would be another good city for expansion, that city is booming and needs some type of sports other than UNLV football which I think many don’t really care about. I think the number thing would bring some new teams and expanding the NFL, instead of taking teams out of there states where people are acustom to them.

  4. steven page

    January 4, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    No teams out the the United States that is such a bad idea. Football is an american sport. Especially Toronto and Mexico City, Mexico City is dangerous spot and what players want to live their. All the drug deals that would go down in Mexico City would be terrible for the NFL

  5. Milton Jenkins

    February 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I can understand why some Canadians might be nervous about a team in Toronto. They fear it would doom the CFL. They’re mistaken, but more to the point, why shouldn’t the NFL consider Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary? The CFL, which has a pretty damn good game of its own, should expand into the U.S., in competition not with the NFL, but head to head with major league baseball. Frankly, outside the northeast and southern California most Americans find baseball rather boring. The CFL, bless their hearts, have long been experts at surviving in small markets, and would keep their big markets (like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, etc.) Several football crazy American cities would be great opportunities, including Memphis, Houston, Baton Rouge, Columbus, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Birmingham, Omaha, Oklahoma City, etc., as well as more untested potential markets such as Tucson, Albuquerque, El Paso, and others. American football, and Canadian football are both great North American sports. What the NFL and CFL should do is divide up the YEAR between them. One should play in the winter, and the other in the summer.

    • Bryan O

      July 9, 2015 at 11:19 am

      it’s been tried and failed, The CFL just won’t work long term in the U.S., I do however think that an NFL in some of those cities will work well, Salt Lake City, Alberquerque, El Paso, Montreal. I think Baton Rague is too close to New Orleans, Omaha is too close to Kansas City, Memphis is close to both Nashville and St. Louis, Columbus is too close both Cleveland and Cincinnatti to work for the NFL. IF the CFL goes to a spring and or summer league I think i COULD work in the U.S., The NFL is by far the biggest sport in the U.S. for them to come in and compete in the fall and winter with them.

    • Nick

      September 12, 2015 at 5:33 am

      How exactly would the CFL compete with MLB and not the NFL? And you’re statement that anyone outside of California and and the north east finds baseball boring is incredibly asinine. Better tell that to everyone in every city that has an MLB team because nobody goes to any of those games.

    • Leonard Cannoles

      August 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      The CFL should adopt NFL rules, and merge with the NFL to form a North American League.

  6. Mike

    February 18, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    If the NFL wants success in an expansion team then put them in Los Angles and Portland

    • Bryan O

      July 9, 2015 at 11:10 am

      agreed but it won’t be either of them from the flip, St. Louis and San Antonio will be first, San Antonio is huge, almost twice the size of Dallas plus it’s a big military town, every branch of the military sends recruits to San Antonio if there military job has anything even remotely to do with the medical field, there are 5 military bases in San Antonio and those troops would go to at least one game a year even IF it’s to see their favorite team play. The reason the Rams are moving is because 1. Kroenke can triple the worth of the team by moving back to L.A. and 2 we (I live just outside of St. louis) didn’t want the Rams to begin with we should have gotten the franchise that was put in Jacksonville, Georgia Fontierre (former owner) was from St. louis and wanted to move the team back to her hometown, We wanted our own team and not someone else’s cast off and it hurt the fan base pontental here, would an expansion team have gotten half the state like the NFL thinks the Rams have? certainly not, for the most part Missouri belongs to life long Chief fans but they would have gotten more support than the Rams did for sure. I think L.A. and Portland will the 35th and 36th teams.

    • Matteo

      August 22, 2015 at 12:53 am


      • Bryan O

        September 8, 2015 at 9:53 am

        I think when it’s ALL said and done The Expansion teams go to San Antonio and L.A, The Raiders and Chargers stay in Oakland and San Diego The Rams move back to L.A. and share Kroenke’s new stadium (which has been approved and ground broken btw) with the AFC expansion team and the Jaguars move to St. Louis.

  7. bob

    March 25, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    raiders to l.a. rams to l.a. j/ville to st. louis two new expansion teams portland and san antonio

    • Bryan O

      September 8, 2015 at 9:49 am

      I actually just read an article here in the St louis post dispatch that said when the rams leave there is a good possibilty than Shahid Khan moves the Jags here.He has ALOT of connections with this area, He went to U of Illinois, and his first Bumper Works factory was/is in Alton Illinois which is a surburb of St. Louis. I could very well see that happening.

    • jesse

      July 12, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      that would be nicee

  8. Clyde Sswartza

    April 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm


  9. Clyde S Swartz

    April 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Tell whole you that nfl commissioner still subbornest!

  10. JC

    June 4, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Yeah, Autzen Stadium would make the perfect home for a Portland franchise…I mean, it’s only a two hour drive.

    • Bryan O

      September 8, 2015 at 10:13 am

      It could be the intertim stadium until they get one built like the Titans did when they first moved to Tenneesee, they played 1 season in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis while the stadium in Nashville was being built, It’s a 3 hour drive from Memphis to Nashville so 2 hours is definately doable.

  11. Cj

    July 1, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    And where is Columbus? It will always be a college town first but there is a major population center rabid for football! And they hosted one of the first teams in what would eventually become the NFL. All they have as far as pro sports goes are a couple minor league teams and the Blue Jackets.

    • Bryan O

      September 8, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Columbus is too close to Cleveland and Cincinatti for a pro team, I could see them getting a NFL D-League team though.

  12. Bryan O

    July 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I have believed and still believe that the Rams will move back to L.A. and the 33rd and 34th Expansion teams will be put in San Antonio and St.Louis. Kroenke building a stadium and moving the Rams back to L.A. is no big surprise but here’s what A LOT of people don’t know…. While The NFL won’t come strait out and say that the Rams will be moving they have given the Cardinals Ownerships (Baseball) permission to look into the feasibilty of buying an expansion team and to look for sites in the ST. Louis Metro to build a stadium. Roger Goodell in multiple interviews has said he wants a team in St. Louis and he likes a team being in St. Louis because of it’s central location, what he hasn’t said is that he wants the Rams in St. Louis. I live just outside of St. Louis and there’s A LOT going on that people don’t know about who aren’t from this area, I never took the Raiders and Chargers building a co-occupied stadium in L.A. for 2 reasons, 1 they are both AFC teams, Goodell and other NFL officials have said that if 2 teams go back to L.A. 1 would be an AFC team and the other an NFC Team and 2nd their both AFC WEST teams, they are bitter rivals and co operating a stadium would simply NOT work because of that. In the end I think it will be the Rams and a expansion 4-5 years after the San Antonio and St. Louis teams are established in the league with the expansion team being an AFC West team and the Chiefs moving to to the AFC North with The new team in L.A. going to the AFC West and the new Expansion team either in Las Vegas or Portland going to the NFC WEST.Eventually the NFL will have to go to 40 teams with 5 teams in each division to even it all out, I think the 4 last teams would go to Birmingham, Alberquerque or El-Paso, Salt Lake City and The D.C. Area,I think the Redskins have had enough of the Washington D.C Area and move to OKC, OKC has contacted Dan Snyder in the past promising to build them a stadium if they relocate.

  13. Matteo

    August 22, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Portland,San Antonio, Toronto,and London should get expansion teams and Rams to L.A. and Raiders to Honolulu. Jags to Mexico City and Chargers stay in San Diego. Sound good?

    • Bryan O

      September 8, 2015 at 9:43 am

      the NFL will never move to Mexico City until they get the crime under control, El Paso/Las Cruces was in the running for a team in 93 as well but the crime rate down there was off the charts and the NFL said no.

      • Jason B

        November 29, 2015 at 11:32 am

        Yes they will. Its the only place that can guarantee 100 000 people attendance per game. Aztec Stadium.

  14. JS

    September 1, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Iowa and lots of states have no team nothing. NFL needs to spread the love around like in a game of roulette, preferably 420-friendly states. Get wit it NFL, this ain’t your baby boomers’ world anymore (THANK GOD). People trip around to all the stadiums. The $#*! would they keep going to California, Texas, or Ohio for? Get a clue–travel is the new travel (think of all the shopping umon and their lack of diets), and tourism is revenue. Dumb….asses.

  15. Clyde S. Swartz

    September 26, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Trying out with NFL and UFL merger to agree then can do to add teams from 32 teams to 36 or 38 teams and 2 more teams can join NFL BE 40 TEAMS. I rather like to see Virginia Destroyers play against NFL.

  16. David Laney

    November 16, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    OKC could support an NFL, I think there MSA is actually something like 1.2M, if you add in all the suburbs, plus Tulsa about 100 miles to the Northeast has almost 1M, then there’s Wichita 400,000, Amarillo 350,000 etc. Mexico City would be a waste, anything out of country would be a waste. LA is a no brainer although because of all the immigrants I don’t know if anyone actually knows what American football is!

  17. Declan

    December 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

    should they be an NFL Expansion for Toronto,Los Angeles,Boston and Vancouver.

  18. Brinny

    February 1, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Why is Memphis, Tennessee not on this list? They would support an NFL team.

  19. Jake Smith

    February 13, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Columbus fucking Ohio. They have one of the best college football teams which sells out the Shoe every Saturday. An NFL team in columbus would have access to the 15 largest city in america and a market of about 2 million which makes it bigger than half the cities on the list.

  20. John

    March 24, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Mexico City? Are you crazy? Players would be abducted and held for ransom by Drug Cartels. Most of Mexico is run by corrupt Government and massive, highly-militarized Drug-Lords.

    I wouldn’t go to Mexico to see a game. Especially not with the way Americans are being abducted or detained or murdered across the world as of late. Why don’t you just suggest North Korea while you’re at it?

  21. jesse

    July 12, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    man fuck tornato there not even part of are counrty..Florida,new york and cali got three teams each.give texas a third in san antonio..and give st.luis a nfl team back..and maybe okc or organ can get one

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