For no good reason, I have decided to take on a "for fun" project. I have already dabbled a bit with a couple of concepts. This may take forever, but hopefully I have that much time. Maybe.
Here's the concept. The NFL expands to 40 teams. 5 per division. I'm not even thinking about scheduling...what a nightmare. Good thing I'm not in charge. Here is the divisional line up.
Final Division Alignment is complete.
I have already done the Orlando franchise. I'm working on the Dublin franchise and will post it later. I have scribbled team names, logo ideas and just general craziness.
If you have ideas for team names, let's hear them. I have researched and have some ideas, but would love feedback. I decided to leave the rivalries mostly intact.
Yes, I have no life.
NFL Project 40 research is nearing completion. Expanding and realigning isn't as easy as it looks. As Commissioner of this Fantasy NFL Expansion Project, allow me to present the teams, divisions and future possibilities moving forward. I have taken into consideration ideas presented in this forum and have adjusted my project based on a few. Also, a case will be made for those lucky cities selected into this elite fraternity.
First, the expansion teams of North America.
Team Name: Blazers
TV Market Size: 19
Colors: Orange, Yellow, White, Black
Orlando was once home to the Florida Blazers of the WFL. The stadium is NFL ready. Florida, like California, has the population and infrastructure to handle four NFL franchises. Geographically, It links
Florida from Miami to Jacksonville. It would also fill a void if the Jaguars one day decide to bolt for greener pastures. The team name and colors work are appropriate for the area.
Team Name: Kings
TV Market Size: 50
Colors: Sapphire Blue, Gold, White
Louisville provides a geographic link between the north and the south. Close enough to Cincinnati, but considered the south. An instant natural rivalry with the Bengals is created. The name connects the heritage of the city to it's founder, King Louis XVI of France.
City: Los Angeles
Team Name: Riptides
TV Market Size: 2
Colors: Sea Blue, Silver, White
Los Angeles courted several teams for re-location. In the end, they were chosen for an expansion franchise. They will have a brand new “state of the art “ stadium to play in and will return the NFL to the nation's second largest T.V. Market. Oddly enough, several of the franchises in the city are by relocation. Selecting an identity was challenging, but the Riptides capture the beautiful, yet powerful nature of Southern California.
Team Name: Tridents
TV Market Size: 22
Colors: Copper, Dark Teal, White, Gray
Long overdue, Portland provides a natural rivalry for Seattle and helps connect the dots on the map from San Diego up the West Coast to Washington state. The Trident is a symbol featured on the city seal and represents one the basic pillars that the city was founded upon. It also featured with the Portlandia which is the second largest copper statue in America. The Trident is held facing upward which symbolizes the pursuit of the sea.
City: San Antonio
Team Name: Squadron
TV Market Size: 37
Colors: Academy Blue, Academy Gold, Gray, Red, White, Black
After much consideration based on the history of this great city, the committee decided that a military theme was the way to
go. Squadron captures the spirit of the modern day Alamo city. The city and the team are ready to take flight.
City: Salt Lake City
Team Name: RedLine
TV Market Size: 33
Colors: Red, Silver, White, Black
Beautiful and panoramic, Salt Lake City provides a link across the Rockies to the west coast. A natural rivalry is created with the Broncos and a quality city joins in the fun and excitement of the NFL. The identity will encompass the area and grab a hold of the power and combustion that is on display annually at the Bonneville salt flats. SLC RedLine will display the raw power and speed generated to obtain world land speed records.
Mexico City, Toronto, Birmingham, Oklahoma City
There were tough choices to make. Toronto was very deserving. It is the 5th largest TV market in North America. However, poor attendance at NFL games was the tipping point to sway the decision. San Antonio deserved the nod before Mexico City and the league didn't feel that Birmingham was ready at this time.
Now, the expansion teams of Europe.
City: Dublin, Ireland
Team Name: Voyagers
Population: 1,273,069 (2011)
Colors: Emerald Green, Old Gold, White
Originally slated to be the Archers, more research was recommended by the expansion committee.
After pouring over some historical text, we came away fixed on the identity of the Voyagers. Based on Irish Mythology, allegedly, St. Brendan traveled, by small boat, to America...and other parts of the world. I didn't make this up. Looking forward to unveiling this new franchise to the world.
City: London, England
Team Name: Archers
Population: 8,174,100 (2011)
Colors: Gold, Silver, Red, Blue, White
London has averaged 80,000 for NFL games since they began play there. A perfect addition to the league and will help to expand the footprint eastward. The league was sure to set up a natural rivalry by adding Dublin as well. The identity will be bold, strong and of historical noteworthiness. The Archers
will symbolize the ability to protect one's house. Welcome to the NFL.
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, Scotland