I was listening to NFL on XM this morning and they were talking about the hypothetical... or maybe not so hypothetical scenario of adding 1 more game and the dream match ups that could take place at neutral venues. Check out my Top 5.
- Detroit vs. Cleveland (Alternating years between The Big House and the Shoe)
The Lions are up and coming and it looks as so the Browns aren't too far behind either. Why not carry on the Michigan/Ohio State (State of Ohio in general) football rivalry at the pro level. Ohio Stadium holds well over 102 thousand people and Michigan Stadium holds over 113,000 people. This would be HUGE revenue for the league, the teams, and for the stadiums themselves.
- Pittsburg vs. Philly at Beaver Stadium
These teams are both Superbowl contenders, and rivals of Pennsylvania and Beaver stadium just happens to be right in the middle of the state. Beaver Stadium holds over 107,000 (4th largest in the world) and personally I don't think that would even be enough to hold the crowds!
- Green Bay vs. Chicago at Camp Randall Stadium (University of Wisconsin)
Camp Randall holds just over 80 thousand and might be the biggest place in the middle of the two locations to hold one of the biggest NFL rivalries.
- Oakland vs. San Diego at the Rose Bowl
California is a lot bigger than it seems but taking the biggest teams in Southern California and putting them into the a stadium that holds over 92,000 would be huge.
- Atlanta vs. New Orleans (Alternate between Tiger Stadium and Sanford Stadium)
This is a big rivalry game and I purpose holding them two of the top 10 stadiums in the land. Atlanta would host from Athens, and the Saints would host from Baton Rouge. Both places hold over 92,000 people.
These are my top 5 ideas and believe me if you gave me just one day, I could probably think of a bunch more. I'm not a big fan of playing abroad, I think playing in London, Mexico City, Japan etc is flat out stupid and isn't fair to the players who have to travel. This is completely hypothetical, hence the "Dream Scenario." I think putting these games once a year in a college stadium would be a fun experience for the fans; it would be bigger revenue for the league and the colleges plus could be an idea to grow the league which is the goal of any business. Also keep in mind that neither city would have to face a black-out either so people who can't afford to make the drive to these places can still hit the bar and catch the Sunday ticket which keeps restaurants going on Sunday.
Is it just me or does this just make everyone a winner?
Let's hear the dream match-ups guys.