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It's time to kill NFL Europe. Set up a new minor league here in the States!


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If Europe really wants American Style football- then create your own league; instead of having the NFL run a money losing NFL Europe. Fill the entire team with home grown players.

Then if your league gets good, you can stage an exhibition matchup- in the preseason against say the Defending Superbowl champs where you host the team and then the following week- you go to the superbowl loser!

The U.S. went they wanted a futbol League in the states, didn't have the elite teams of Europe pay for it; well they do pay for players- when they trade for them. They set it up on their own. MLS has been going for over 10 years now. Shocking but it has.

Well, that's all my thoughts on that!

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I do think there's room for minor league football- something that's a step below the NFL but above the college level. They are plenty of football players to fill this league and this could keep players like Maurice Clarrett- who don't care a damn about college out of college. They can play in this league and then get called up to the NFL. The NFL could send younger players- who aren't ready tostart in the NFL to this league. Sort of what they do now with NFL Europe. A true minor league, like baseball for the NFL!

It's time to bring about the National FootBall Minor League:

The teams would be set up like a regular league but the NFL owners could also own a franchise- if it's in their city. A true farm system/player development league for the NFL.

The season would be 10 games from March to May and playoffs in Late May/June.

6 Division games and 4 games against other division.

Each NFL team would send their developmental players to this league or drafted players who haven't shown their potential yet. Say each of the 8 teams in my league, gets players from 4 nfl teams, plus free agents.

Eastern Division:

Hartford, CT- Buffalo, New England, Ny Giants, Ny Jets

College Park, Md- Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Columbia, SC- Atlanta, Carolina, Tennesse, St. Louis

Orlando, FL- New Orleans, Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville

Western Division:

Portland, OR- Denver, Seattle, Oakland, San Francisco

San Antonio, TX- San Diego, Arizona, Dallas, Houston

Milwaukee, WS- Green Bay, Kansas City, Minnesota, Chicago

Memphis, TN- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Detroit

This can air on the NFL Network and ESPN. I think this time around it can succeed. NFL Europe evolved from World League- which initially had some U.S. franchises. I think if you do it right, you can make it a profitable success. If will give more players a chance to develop and have a shot at an nfl team eventually.

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what a random post imo.

i don't see the point of european league, at least in the standpoint of making it interesting for americans. obviously there's the time differences but the lack of coverage or poor broadcasts make it difficult for the average football fan to become an avid fan. its like the networks/news outlets don't give a damn and it makes hard for me to not do the same. i have little idea what europeans think of the nfl europe or the semipro leagues there.

there are semi-pro leagues already so the nfl could just affliate with one of them and send players like europe. personally i think playing (AND WATCHING!) competitive football at 90+ degrees is a terrible punishment.

i actually think more media coverage and better broadcasting would increase the popularity of current semipro leagues and nfl europe.

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If the NFL invested properly in NFL Europe then you would have a much better product. What makes you think that a Minor league in the US would be any better. The average gate for an NFL Europe game is around 15,000 people. The reason it isn't bigger is twofold. Firstly we know that the players are not NFL quality. A few make the transition to the NFL but most do not. Couple that with the fact that we have no home interest to root for as rosters currently have one home grown player on them and it becomes a second rate product.

The NBA, NHL, and MLB are lucky in that the Sports are more widely played and therefore the talent pool is better developed. That said proper investment would develop talent on a Europe wide basis and you may see players make it in the NFL. We have plenty of athletes playing Rugby as big, fit and mobile as those in the NFL. Contact sports are not new in Europe and there is a very dedicated audience here. Two million watched the Superbowl in the UK alone. Give us the product and we will support it fervantly.

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I don't think it's a bad idea to have the NFL "minor league" in the U.S.

Maybe find playing sites that are domed so that you don't have to worry about very hot temps.

The one thing you won't be able to replicate is the interest though. I mean, in Germany, for example, when they know there is a game, it's a REAL game to the fans. Here, you'd barely get enough interest since we all realize what it is...a developmental league.

That's not to say that people in Europe don't realize that, but they probably don't care as much since they know it's their shot to go see a game. Over here, people would ask themselves "Why go now when I can go to a real game in a few months?"

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There's all ready minor league football in the states.

http://www.minorleaguefootballnews.com/

The fact that the World league was created with American based teams that didn't succeed was proof enough that it just doesn't work.

Don't forget CFL expansion into the United States. That didn't work either.

Then there was the XFL, which acuatually used NFL caliber players and that didn't succeed either.

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Forward-looking owners like Weaver, Jones, Snyder, and Bowlen realize the platform for football to become an Olympic (i.e. global) sport is Arena Football. Hard-headed owners like Dan Rooney stubbornly hold on the the NFLE. Without taking the time to look up a link, NFL owners had to think long and hard before keeping the league alive the last time they voted on it.

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Out of curiousity, how did you pick those cities?

Damn, you are making have to think now! I think I just picked cities that aren't to far from the 4 nfl teams that would send players to each city. Well, most of them anyway.

Hartford, CT- Buffalo, New England, Ny Giants, Ny Jets

College Park, Md- Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Columbia, SC- Atlanta, Carolina, Tennesse, St. Louis

Orlando, FL- New Orleans, Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville

Western Division:

Portland, OR- Denver, Seattle, Oakland, San Francisco

San Antonio, TX- San Diego, Arizona, Dallas, Houston

Milwaukee, WS- Green Bay, Kansas City, Minnesota, Chicago

Memphis, TN- Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Detroit

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