NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell raised more than a few eyebrows during Super Bowl week when he said if the league were to place a team in Los Angeles, it would likely add two new teams rather than move one from another city. This would bump the league up to an awkward 34 teams instead of the perfectly symmetrical 32-team current format.
After taking quite a bit of criticism, the Commish clarified those comments Friday:
“When I was asked by Bob Costas recently (about expansion), he said, ‘You just go to 33 teams.’ I said, ‘I don’t think you would ever expand by one team, you’d expand by two teams.’ But it was very clear that expansion’s not something we’ve considered.“
Goddell then spoke about his supposed commitment to keeping all current teams in their current cities:
“Expansion is something that we potentially could do down the road, having the kind of stability that we have, but we like our structure right now. We like the 32 teams. We think the scheduling is in a good place, we want to keep our teams where they are…We are working hard to make sure we either get the stadiums built or do the kinds of things that are necessary to build the fan support to make those teams successful in those communities and we’ll look at the Los Angeles opportunity as it comes and try to figure out the right way to solve that problem if a solution can be determined.””
A few thoughts: