The National Football League is far and away the biggest sports league in all of North American professional sports. Viewership in the United States grows with every NFL season, and the league continues to spread all around the world. NFL RedZone has become an international sensation and has helped turn casual observers into fans who follow the NFL, and that station combined with fantasy football has helped make the NFL a coveted property among television executives in the US and overseas. While there is no question that the NFL is far from a flawless business, those who are forecasting the demise of the league are, to put it bluntly, far off.
There are a plethora of cities in the United States and in other countries that would happily welcome a moved or expansion NFL franchise with open arms. At least a couple of those cities could be home to a team in the near future. We could, a decade or even sooner than that from now, find ourselves watching an NFL club play home games overseas, and some within the league are convinced that the NFL is headed in that very direction. The NFL is already a global brand thanks to streaming websites and television deals, and expanding overseas could prove to be worth billions of dollars in profits if the league is able to complete that move.
10 Mexico City
6 San Antonio
3 Oklahoma City
1 Las Vegas
If certain rumors and reports are accurate, Las Vegas will be the home of an NFL franchise before the end of the decade. We could soon be seeing the Raiders making a move to Las Vegas, or maybe the San Diego Chargers will pick up and head a little bit east. Las Vegas has been calling for a pro sports franchise literally for decades, and US sports leagues embracing gambling, particularly daily and weekly fantasy football websites, means that not having a team in Las Vegas is more illogical than ever. Sit tight, Las Vegas football fans. Your future football team is coming.
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