5 Cities That Don't Deserve an NFL Franchise
Just because a city in America has a professional football team doesn't mean that a team actually deserves to be there. For reasons such as bad areas for professional sports or just poor teams, some NFL markets do not deserve a professional football team. The following is my list of five cities that do not deserve to have an NFL team.
In recent years, Jacksonville has failed to sell out their home games, which has resulted in multiple blackouts. Things are so bad down in Jacksonville that parts of the stadium have been tarped over. The Jaguars have been rumored to be one of the teams to move to Los Angeles if that scenario actually came to fruition.
I get it, Toronto is one of the best cities in the world, but they are already hosting a football team in the city, the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Rather than trying to dethrone the Argonauts, the NFL would be better served to find another city that doesn't already have a football team.
Since the passing of owner Ralph Wilson Jr., the Buffalo Bills have been in trouble in terms of relocation rumors. The city has lost one of their eight home games to Toronto from 2008-13, and the franchise is currently rumored to be in a bidding war with several interested owners.
The Oakland Raiders are still the only NFL team today that shares the same facility with a baseball team in the Oakland Athletics. The stadium has been a mess in recent years, and no clear efforts to build a new stadium are currently in the works. Raiders owner Mark Davis began entertaining thoughts about moving to San Antonio recently, which isn't a good sign for future talks.
The NFL already experimented with their product in Europe in the now-defunct NFL Europe and failed tremendously. London has previously hosted NFL games, but the stadium, or pitch, is not up to NFL standards. The games have also been poorly played with not many memorable moments.
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