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Recently in a press conference, NFL commissioner Roger Goddell mentioned that he has no plans of relocation for any of the 32 teams. He also hinted that if there was going to be an expansion team given to the city of Los Angeles, there possibly would be a 34th team brought into the NFL.
This begs the question – what other cities would the NFL expand to. If you were into NFL betting, where would you choose?
After looking at the various scenarios, I’ve focused my attention to three US cities, even though online sports betting sites think there’s a possibility of expansion abroad to Toronto and Mexico City.
1) Oklahoma City
When you think sports and Oklahoma – you think football. They have a long tradition in college football with the Sooners and Cowboys, as well as high school football. The state of Oklahoma also has a population of 1.2 million and Oklahoma City has 580,000 habitants, more than enough to fill an NFL stadium.
What also works for Oklahoma City is the fact that there’s no NFL team within 3 hours of the city, so they wouldn’t be taking a fan base away from the Dallas Cowboys. The city has shown fan support for the Thunder in the NBA proving that a professional sports team can co-exist with their love for college sports.
Very similar to Oklahoma City is Portland. A big college football fanbase that supports the University of Oreganand Oregon State and a city that has a professional basketball team in the Blazers. The city of Portland has a population a bit over 583,000 and 2.26 million people in the state.
They are in close proximity to the Seattle Seahawks, but I don’t see an expansion to Portland affecting the sold-out Seahawks one-bit. Contrary to that thought, I think an NFL team in Portland would create a great rivalry with the Seahawks as their used to be between the Sonics and Blazers in the NBA. Portland is a sports town as they have recently embraced their new MLS franchise, the Timbers.
3) San Antonio
When you think football – you think Texas. It might have already two NFL teams in Dallas and Houston, but why wouldn’t a third work? It works in the NBA and that’s not even the state’s favourite sport.
San Antonio has a population of 1.3 million, the seventh largest in the United States and a stadium that was built for football in the Alamodome that seats 65,000. The city has been a huge success with the NBA and there’s no doubt the city would support an NFL franchise to rival the Cowboys and Texans.