There are 32 NFL teams right now, representing about 31 major media markets But which big markets are without an NFL team – and is this a wrong that should be righted?
Do you live in a major media market that has so far been snubbed by the National Football League? (It’s not happening, Anchorage.)
We decided to find the five biggest markets without an NFL team, and give them a headstart on naming their new mascots.
In an era where we’re probably going to see the NFL expand out to London, Toronto or another foreign city (Birmingham!) before it expands to other U.S. cities, it could mean NFL teams would have to move for any of these five cities to get an NFL team.
Rather than look at largest cities by land mass or largest cities by population, we’re going to break it down like the NFL would – largest media markets. Because really, the NFL doesn’t give a crap about the fans per se, but they do give a crap about the advertising they can sell – and the larger media market, the better. (Granted, there are several smaller media markets (Green Bay, Buffalo, etc.) that have NFL teams, but they slipped through somehow!)
5 Biggest Media Markets Without an NFL Team
Some caveats before we dip into this discussion:
- Jacksonville get the Orlando/Daytona market, which ranks 19th.
- Giants/Jets count as one major major major media market, but we counted the 49ers/Raiders, and the Ravens/Redskins duos as separate markets.
- We’re also mashing together the Charlotte media market with the Raleigh-Durham area, despite them being about 160 miles apart. There are so many transient people going to school in all those college towns (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, etc.) that I think they have hometown NFL teams they’d support instead.
- We consider Hartford to be part of New England. Don’t blame us – blame the Patriots.
U.S. Map Photo Credit: Tom