National Football League franchise moves and mergers

During this time of the season between the NFL Draft and the start of the regular season, it’s as slow as a man who drank a bottle of Kaopectate and trying to take a crap in the Yukon in the middle of winter. I’ve never had to crap out a frozen log like that, but imagine it would take till spring before I saw anything drop.

With that I was doing some searching (the down time) for *any* NFL news. I came upon this interesting factoid and wanted to share it here. The info was enlightening as I didn’t know (which isn’t much anyway) how the hell some of the football teams came about. I only started the search to see how many teams had moved. Turns out, quite a bit of them did.

I’m stealing this first part directly from Wekipedia…

I’m interested in seeing just how many of us Dolphin fans out there knew this shit. I mean, Decatur Staleys? Portsmouth Spartans? Boston Redskins? Dallas Texans? (this team changed, but into what you might think)

So here goes. You can read the rest of mergers, and local moves by going to the site listed above…

Throughout the years, a number of teams in the National Football League (NFL) have either moved or merged.

In the early years, the NFL was not stable and teams moved frequently to survive, or were folded only to be resurrected in a different city with the same players and owners. The Great Depression era saw the movement of most surviving small-town NFL teams to the large cities to ensure survival. Franchise mergers were popular during World War II in response to the scarcity of players. Few of these relocations and mergers were accompanied with widespread controversy.

Franchise moves became far more controversial in the late 20th century when a vastly more popular NFL, free from financial instability, allowed many franchises to abandon long-held strongholds for perceived financially greener pastures. Despite a Pete Rozelle promise to Congress not to relocate franchises in return for a law exempting the league from certain aspects of antitrust laws, making possible the AFL-NFL merger, several franchises have relocated in the years since the merger and the passage of the law (Public Law 89-800) which sanctioned it.

While owners invariably cited financial difficulties as the primary factor in such moves, many fans bitterly disputed these contentions, especially in Baltimore, St. Louis, and Cleveland, each of which eventually received teams some years after their original franchises left. However, Los Angeles, the second-largest media market in the United States, has not had an NFL team since 1995 and the league is promoting an expansion there.[1] Another city that is often mentioned as a potential site for a moved franchise is Toronto, Ontario, the site of frequent speculation regarding a future franchise.

Additionally, with the increasing suburbanization of the U.S., the building of new stadiums and other team facilities in the suburbs instead of the central city became popular from the 1970s on, though at the turn of the 2000 millennium a reverse shift back to the central city became somewhat evident.

    … who knew, right? Who knew?

    It’s our time! GO DOLPHINS!!

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