I remember my Dad telling me, "Son, you make your bed. You lie in it."
That thought struck me when I heard that the NFL, or more specifically the Commish and various league owners, was once again interested in re-entering the
Never mind the fact that the league has had two chances now to put a team in
Remember that the NFL shunned
Now the League is looking at
Let's go back to the early 90's when the NFL announced that it was going to create two new expansion franchises. Here was a chance to put football back in
Those cities enjoyed NFL success, and because of that it appeared that
Consider, two cities in the top 25 TV markets, with fans that support their sports franchises. The Blues and Cardinals in
Those two cities deserved to have the NFL again. Ask any of the old guard NFL owners and they'll tell you the League was doing just fine with football in
But in the end it was
Now, you can blame the bidding process or you can blame the NFL's expansion committee all you want, but you'll miss the real problem. Remember, these are smart people. There's a reason that most of them are billionaires. And the people running the NFL are wise enough to figure out that a city without a team is further motivated to do what it can do attract a sports franchise to its locale. Especially when they've tasted it once already.
Think about it for just a minute. Ever heard somebody utter the words, "I want it so bad that I'll do anything!" Voters suddenly become more willing to approve ridiculous stadium taxes, politicians make it their business to approve funding, and the corporate world is quick to pony up the necessary dollars. Just like that the invisible "red tape" is gone too.
Meanwhile, the NFL's billionaire owners are sitting back and milking it for all they can get. The NFL is like a tight fraternity. It's a brotherhood whose bond is tied by money. And these are the ties that bind.
They were basically going on record as saying they were sweetening the pot to bring a team to their city – at all costs. The NFL fraternity had to be loving it, even though it meant a city with loyal fans might possibly lose their team.
Every NFL owner knew about the
In the end the NFL brotherhood made millions when a certain greedy owner finally took the
The NFL ignored two deserving cities with expansion franchises, and suddenly found itself with three more cities posting vacancy signs –
But which city wanted the NFL back so badly that they would "do anything?"
But how bad did
The fact that the NFL is even looking at
You know, my Dad also told me once, "If you look hard enough for something, you'll find it." Well the NFL has looked twice now in
What they're really looking for is more money.
It's under the messy bed they made.