London, Mexico City or St. Louis next on the list?

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson made waves when he declared his city was ready for an NFL expansion franchise. The reason: Texas’ love of football and the fact that the Cowboys are by far the most valuable team with an average attendance of more than 10,000.

“We are on the verge of overtaking the Chicago subway and becoming the #3 subway in the US, which would make us the largest US subway WITHOUT 2 teams.” Johnson posted on twitter. “Football is king here. Dallas needs an expansion team and we could support 2 NFL teams better than LA or NY.”

Despite his claims, the NFL is unlikely to throw another team into Jerry Jones’ territory. But the NFL will expand in the future. Many pundits believe two more teams are on the horizon, and there could be 40 teams in the not-too-distant future.

Which city will receive the first invitation? Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has released his NFL odds on which city will get the NFL experience next.

Next NFL expansion city

city opportunities
London +225
Mexico City +350
st louis +450
Toronto +500
San Antonio +800
San Diego +1300
Salt Lake City +1300
austin +1500

Odds are predicted and do not reflect odds that may be available on legit betting sites or betting apps.

The NFL spoke of expansion in late 2021 with the notion that it was possible eventually build up to 40 teams. Two other teams start things off, and they soon expand.

It’s no secret that the NFL wants to go international, and there are two clear leaders in that regard. The league has been playing in Mexico City and London for years with great success. Each makes sense in terms of where the NFL is headed next, followed of course by NFL betting.

Mexico City has advantages London doesn’t have, including ease of location, time zone and size (it ranks 6th in the world for metro size with 21.8 million people; New York has 20.1, London 14.3) .

London however, gets approval because of the overall European market, financial wealth – we’re talking about the NFL – and multiple NFL-level stadiums. It is not excluded that the city will end up with two teams.


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Toronto (5.9 million metro area) was reportedly one of four finalists to be part of the next expansion pack.

st louis lost the Rams after the 2015 season, but the legal battle is ongoing and it has been speculated that the final deal will include an expansion team. Whether or when is all TBD.

San Antonio is No. 3 after Dallas and Houston in population. Nor is there the overwhelming college football presence of Austin, home of the Texas Longhorns. However, San Antonio and Austin each have nearly five million fewer subway residents than the top two.

Salt Lake City only ranks 46th in market size, but his fandom for the one pro sports franchise (the NBA jazz) is inspirational. So has public support from Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, who said, “I don’t know if there’s a limit to how much I would support getting an NFL team in the state of Utah.”

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