Goodell: NFL not immediately expanding

An Oct. 2011 file photo shows a general view of the Rogers Centre during the Buffalo Bills and...

An Oct. 2011 file photo shows a general view of the Rogers Centre during the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins NFL football game in Toronto. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files)

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the league has no plans to expand its number of teams, even in an effort to get a franchise for Los Angeles.

“We are not considering expansion,” Goodell said in an interview with ESPN 1050 in New York. “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.”

Goodell went on to say he wants teams like the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings, potential targets for relocation due to issues with their stadiums, to re-trench in their current locations rather than look to move.

“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,” he said, according to nfl.com. “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.”

Goodell did indicate he wanted to extend the league’s reach outside the U.S. “possibly expanding our regular-season series in the UK and maybe even potentially in Canada.”

 


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