NFL expansion? Not anytime soon

A general view of the Rogers Centre during the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins NFL football...

A general view of the Rogers Centre during the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins NFL football game in Toronto, in this October 30, 2011 file photo. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files)

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:17 PM ET

PALM BEACH, FLA. - NFL expansion? Sorry, Los Angeles. It's not in the cards.

"I can't see expansion of teams being something that ownership wants," New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in an interview Monday with QMI Agency, after morning sessions had concluded on Day 1 of the NFL annual meeting.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has said many times, including last month, that the league wants to return to Tinseltown.

But if expansion isn't on the horizon, and if every existing franchise remains healthy and in place, then could it not be many years before L.A. finally gets an NFL team again?

"I hope it's not that," Kraft said.

Regarding Toronto, Kraft said: "I think continuing to work with Buffalo and the development of Buffalo (is the way to go). Toronto is a great city. It's a great market. But I really don't see expansion coming. If we did, Toronto would be a natural."

Kraft is a member of the league's finance and business-venture committees.

john.kryk@sunmedia.ca


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