Dallas’ Mayor Wants an NFL Expansion Team, Believes City is Better than NY and LA to House Two Teams
In New York and Los Angeles, each market is supported by two teams, and it sounds like there might be an additional market that might someday join them.
The suggestion comes following the Mayor of Dallas, Eric Johnson, tweeting that Dallas is the city most deserving of an NFL expansion team. He wants the city to add an AFC club, giving AT&T Stadium two franchises that would call it home.
“We need an AFC team that plays in Southern Dallas,” Johnson tweeted. “It would never want for a fan base or attendance or support from the City of Dallas. Who wouldn’t want to see a Dallas versus Dallas Super Bowl…in the City of Dallas?”
He makes the argument based on the fact that the city was just recently rated as the #3 metro in the US, passing Chicago. That essentially makes them the largest US metro without two teams and he even believes they would sustain two clubs better than both New York and Los Angeles.
The answer is Dallas. Why? We are about to pass the Chicago metro and become the #3 metro in the US, which would make us the largest US metro WITHOUT 2 teams. Football is king here. Dallas needs an expansion team and we would be able to sustain 2 @NFL teams better than LA or NY. https://t.co/ikG0oeZq4T
— Mayor Eric Johnson (@Johnson4Dallas) May 5, 2022
The other suggestion for a city by ProFootballTalk.com that could potentially be the next with two teams could be Chicago, expanding the league from 32 to 34. That is, of course, unless another city potentially gets involved, but the Windy City would be an interesting possibility.
For a league that is already pushing to expand the season to 18 games, adding two expansion franchises, regardless of where they ultimately end up, would certainly be the biggest step it could make in order to get itself one step closer to that becoming a reality.
Either way, Dallas’ mayor made a bold statement that will probably get some key people within the league talking. The argument so far seems to be about how Jerry Jones might feel about it, but it seems like a big opportunity. Becoming a landlord where he could take on a team and make even more money in the stadium he paid well over a billion dollars to build seems like it would be a big win.
We’ll see if this one gains any legs, but we all know the expansion of the league is coming. It’s just a matter of when and the fact Johnson brought up a potential where should make this story an interesting one to follow.
(Editor’s Note: Portions of the above appeared in this morning’s daily news and notes column.)
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