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What does it take to open an NFL franchise?

Asked by Ltryptophan (9100 points ) September 29th, 2011

What will you need if you are ready to open an NFL franchise?

Can two teams play in the same arena?

Does the NFL have a sort of monopoly over who gets to join the NFL?

Could an organization open an NFL like football league?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

First you will need to be able to show you have the resources to finance a team.

Yes, the New York Giants and the New York Jets both play out of the same stadium in New Jersey.

Yes the NFL has a monopoly, they decide who and how many teams they will add, then accept bids from competing markets and select the ones they think have the best chance of succeeding.

There have been many attempts in the past, most recently the USFL. None of them has been successful since the AFL, which merged with the NFL to form the current league.

marinelife's avatar

Millions and millions of dollars to spend.

Permission to form a team.

If you want to start your own league, you will need millions and millions of dollars more for marketing and to sustain initial losses.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Generally speaking for major sports leagues (it may be different for the NFL, but I doubt that), you’ll need not only the capital to invest in starting a team, a venue that meats the league’s standards to play your home games in. You’ll also need league approval, obviously, and all other team owners must vote to allow you to join the league. And yeah, two teams can play in the same area, but it might be tricky if the already established team’s ownership is reluctant to share the market. For example: when the Expos (MLB) moved to Washington D.C. and became the Nationals the Baltimore Orioles ownership was concerned with the “new” team impacting their revenue streams (since the D.C. and Baltimore markets overlap) and only agreed to vote to approve the move once the Nationals agreed let the Orioles organization handle their broadcasting rights.

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