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5 Cities That Deserve an NFL Team

5 Cities That Deserve an NFL Team

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The NFL grows in popularity every season, which always leads to speculation about which city could end up with either a relocated team or an expansion franchise. The following five cities would make great destinations if they were chosen.

5. Salt Lake City

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5. Salt Lake City

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Any city that can accommodate hosting the Winter Olympics as Salt Lake City did in 2002 can also handle hosting eight NFL home games a year. While Salt Lake isn't exactly a huge television market, they are larger Jacksonville, Cincinnati and Buffalo, which all have NFL franchises. The state of Utah loves their college football and undoubtedly would support an NFL team in Salt Lake.

4. Memphis

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4. Memphis

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Memphis has done a respectable job with the Grizzlies since the team arrived from Vancouver in 2001 and has proved it can handle professional sports. The city could draw fans from nearby border states like Arkansas and Mississippi which are football hotbeds. It simply is a great match.

3. Toronto

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3. Toronto

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Toronto hosts a Buffalo Bills home game every season at the Rogers Centre, a strategy the NFL has used over the years to see how the city would respond to an NFL team. The city would undoubtedly relish an NFL franchise despite the popularity of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, and it is only a matter of time before it happens.

2. San Antonio

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2. San Antonio

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The city of San Antonio hosted three home games for the New Orleans Saints in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina rendered the Superdome incapable. The Alamodome is home to the Alamo Bowl every NCAA bowl season and always draws great crowds. A recent meeting between the Oakland Raiders' ownership and the city of San Antonio has sparked rumors that the Raiders could relocate to Texas as soon as the 2015 season.

1. Los Angeles

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1. Los Angeles

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It seems absurd that America's second largest market is without an NFL team, but it is the case and has been so since 1995, when the city lost both the Rams to St. Louis and the Raiders to Oakland after the 1994 season. Images of prospective new stadiums always generate buzz that the city will finally have a franchise again, and it has been rumored the league might finance a stadium itself and then sell an expansion/stadium package.

Timothy Downs is a fantasy sports writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.