The NFL would be better off doing some developmental leagues in some smaller cities in the spring and summer to get the second stringers and draftees some playing time and get them in shape for the NFL season. They could do four 8-team leagues by region (one team per NFL team), do 7 game seasons, with one game playoffs per league. Could be worked right into the official preseason schedule.
Give some smaller cities a chance to support their team. It would get more attention even if it failed than NFL Europa ever did. And with the NFL Network I doubt it'd fail. It would take a while to set it up right to compensate the players, but it would give the NFL year-round attention it wants.
The NFL should at least consider it because I think Mark Cuban and his proposed "UFL" is making a mistake playing Friday nights in 2008 in the fall against the NFL.
It could save money because the rosters would be smaller. In case of injury just move guys up and being they have been playing they are ready.
Stick them in samller markets, in 10,000 or 15,000 college stadiums. Get local tv cable deals. I dont see how it could lose.
Now, the biggest contribution will be some minor football leagues in Germany that still exist. Other than that, there was no real program to develop national teams. THIS is what the need to be doing to market the NFL, not waste $30 million a year on a league we don't get to see live and had no real attachment to.
Was the NFL primary goal to keep 2nd string players limber or was it to educate the players about complex systems?
NFL Europa kept 2nd string NFL players limber. Arena ball keeps their players limber too.
There wasn't enough time to teach complex systems in Europe that would effectively transfer over to each player's NFL team, correct? So what do we gain by keeping NFL Europa if the main supreme objective all along was to teach complex systems that did not materialized as hoped for in NFL E?
If NFL Europa paid for itself (or had minor financial losses) then I would say fine. Keep it around for the fans in Germany.
Losing NFL Europa does pose a problem for the NFL Network. What do they show now in the offseason?
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