The NFL's Logistics Problem

  • Published: 30 July 2019
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  • Caleb Symmonds
    Caleb Symmonds  9 hours back

    Fortunately, that's not a logistics problem that fans need to worry about.

    • Daniel C
      Daniel C  9 hours back

      The NFL’s Logistics Problem.

      The Solution: Enough money that God’s accountant also does their taxes.

      • Felix Culpa
        Felix Culpa  10 hours back

        The London expansion idea is already stupid, but to actually have a team there? Beyond ridiculous... You're making billions, enjoy your billions, figure out a different way to make more billions...

        • Kyle Klendworth
          Kyle Klendworth  10 hours back

          Jacksonville plays 9 away games, as they forfeit a home date to play in London

          • Edward Garcia
            Edward Garcia  13 hours back

            Champions league is better

            • Prem Oxford
              Prem Oxford  14 hours back

              Football makes more than nfl why you don't add english italian spanish french german lugues earnings as whole Europe and there you go

              • Chuck Norris
                Chuck Norris  1 days back

                53 players

                • Nick Weber
                  Nick Weber  2 days back

                  53 not 56

                  • Jarek Jellison
                    Jarek Jellison  2 days back

                    One word: kneeling.

                    • Andrew Farrow
                      Andrew Farrow  3 days back

                      In Rugby League we have a Super League team in Toronto and we have to travel across the Atlantic once a year and they have to come here every other week, although they do bunch them.

                      • androkles04
                        androkles04  3 days back

                        As a European fan of the NFL, I dream of a day where the league is not split into two American conferences, but an American and a European conference, with the super bowl being played between these respective winners.

                        • Dylan Shramko
                          Dylan Shramko  4 days back

                          3:45 why did they drop the Dolphins and Cardinals, I understand the Steelers, Colts and Jags, but why the Dolphins and Cards, they have hubs at Phoenix and Miami, so WTF

                          • Snl Rahman
                            Snl Rahman  4 days back

                            You should do a video on how NFL Europe worked! The NFL had a league in Europe from 1990 - 2007 and it was actually really popular

                            • noble_eagle
                              noble_eagle  4 days back

                              Stop using the flat earth map

                              • Joseph Nagel
                                Joseph Nagel  5 days back

                                I hate ads but damn does this guy give some smooth transitions

                                • John Oke
                                  John Oke  6 days back

                                  In Canada the CFL charters a few 737-200s and -300s from charter airline Nolinor. They have enough planes for the 9 soon to be 10 team league

                                  • Vegas Nights Slots
                                    Vegas Nights Slots  6 days back

                                    On a totally unrelated subject. In the early days of the soccer world cup, national teams had to travel on boats for months to get to the hosting country, mostly between south America and Europe. And the players use that time for practice! Nowadays we got airplanes! And people are still complaining about logistics! If you're dedicated to the sport you will overcome anything!

                                    • Vegas Nights Slots
                                      Vegas Nights Slots  6 days back

                                      11:12 HOT GIRL ALERT!

                                      • Jack Wilcox
                                        Jack Wilcox  6 days back

                                        What you mean not uk talent, jay ajayi might have something to say,

                                        • Jack Wilcox
                                          Jack Wilcox  6 days back

                                          Glen Cheney personally I wouldn’t have a actual home team just go with one game every regular week, with spurs and Wembley stadiums both nfl ready there won’t be much double booking and it will keep fans from getting bored of seeing the same team, I’ve seen jags 6 times now it’s great but come on packers lol 😂

                                        • Jack Wilcox
                                          Jack Wilcox  6 days back

                                          Glen Cheney fair point, I know the college teams do try to recruit in state but there’s only a few players who get to play for home town team. But the nature of how the nfl works swapping players is different, and if one wr doesn’t and to play in London there is a thousand kids who are willing to do that to play in the nfl, watch last chance u or all or nothing Michigan it’s all about getting to the league not the team.

                                        • Glen Cheney
                                          Glen Cheney  6 days back

                                          But NFL teams don't recruit players solely from their own area. How many Texans play for the Cowboys? Not like Celtic who won the European Cup in 1967 where all the players were born less than 30 miles from Glasgow

                                      • Jack Wilcox
                                        Jack Wilcox  6 days back

                                        It’s not a purpose built training field, it’s the England rugby base posts are same shape

                                        • Mantorras Montquilla
                                          Mantorras Montquilla  6 days back

                                          nfl is a stupid sport rip off of rugby , it also sucks

                                          • Bartholomew Smutz
                                            Bartholomew Smutz  6 days back

                                            There is a beautiful blonde girl in a classroom at the 11:13 mark which was a nice surprise.

                                            • sweetwater88
                                              sweetwater88  6 days back

                                              Go London Wankers!

                                              • Dylan Shramko
                                                Dylan Shramko  4 days back

                                                Correction, London Sillynannies, if you get the reference

                                            • Paul Gaither
                                              Paul Gaither  7 days back

                                              I can see a future where the NFL has a European conference. A system in which most games stay within Europe, though they have a few cross Atlantic games a year and a new version of the super bowl where the American winners play against the European winners for an international title.

                                              A league where free agency and the draft is shared internationally as well.

                                              That would be 50+ years from now, but I can see it.

                                              • Fe Fid
                                                Fe Fid  7 days back

                                                you forgot to talk about the pro 14 rugby

                                                • HowlingSnail
                                                  HowlingSnail  7 days back

                                                  I call bullshit on that many Brits being NFL fans. That's certainly not how it feels here.

                                                  • JanitorIsBack
                                                    JanitorIsBack  7 days back

                                                    11:16 you can thank me later

                                                    • Thomas Lee
                                                      Thomas Lee  7 days back

                                                      It's extremely obvious why the NFL and other athletic organizations are quietly going bankrupt. Their practice of overpaying players, even unimpressive players has finally come home to bite them in the butt. Yeah it's easier to get along with arrogant ball players if you just give them what they are screaming for. But when they begin insulting your fans by, essentially, giving them the finger at the beginning of every game, you have to expect that those fans who are already paying super high prices for tickets, tee shirts and team trinkets feel insulted by the very players they are supporting when they begin giving them the finger. Soon you will be laying off arrogant players and replacing them with less talented, but still overpaid players.

                                                      Can you say "bankruptcy"?

                                                      • John Smith
                                                        John Smith  7 days back

                                                        London likes NFL FootBall?
                                                        Never would think North Africans and Muslim would be interested in that sport.

                                                        • loginavoidence12
                                                          loginavoidence12  1 weeks back

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                                                          • Taylor Dively
                                                            Taylor Dively  1 weeks back

                                                            Why would American Airlines drop Miami and Arizona? They are located next to hub airports.

                                                            • MPrime
                                                              MPrime  5 days back

                                                              Phoenix is mostly a connecting hub, not a ton of wide bodies going through. Might also just have fallen through in contract negotiations.

                                                          • Sanddab Z
                                                            Sanddab Z  1 weeks back

                                                            At part of the whole thing!!!

                                                            • Wooster001
                                                              Wooster001  2 weeks back

                                                              This man’s voice is shit and he has no clue how to talk

                                                              • I like Toastbrot
                                                                I like Toastbrot  2 weeks back

                                                                A whole European division could make sense, the best team joins one of the wild card games.

                                                                • RoyalMela
                                                                  RoyalMela  1 weeks back

                                                                  I don't think so. NFL games in Europe are popular, because they are so rare. That means, like this weekend, Raiders and Bears played in London, but the stadium was filled with people who just wanted to see the game. It was a neutral game for both teams. It is very hard to find fan base for a team filled with US players. I don't think a NFL franchise could survive in Europe. Yes, there are big cities in Europe and just by numbers alone, there could be over 10 cities with a NFL team. I just can not see London or any other city having that much support in any way, that any team could survive based in Europe.

                                                              • The Football Huddle
                                                                The Football Huddle  2 weeks back

                                                                53 nfl players on a roster...

                                                                • Greg Aycock
                                                                  Greg Aycock  2 weeks back

                                                                  I think another big problem with the NFL expanding into GB/Europe would be the salary cap and taxes. Who would want to play for GB/Europe if they had to give away 45% of their money in taxes?

                                                                  • RoyalMela
                                                                    RoyalMela  1 weeks back

                                                                    NFL players do pay similar taxes. They are just not as clear as European taxes, where you basically have just one income tax, and that is it.

                                                                    USA has national and state taxes, city taxes, and sometimes they even have to pay tax to the state they play their away games in. And the taxes vary very much from state to state. Texas has the lowest taxes, California the highest. California players can pay over 50% in taxes.

                                                                • George Prchal
                                                                  George Prchal  2 weeks back

                                                                  Yet what constitutes a "catch" is still up for debate and the bodyweight nonsense for sacking QBs as well as PI are still "Whatever the hell the official says it is" calls.

                                                                  • Dan Shreim
                                                                    Dan Shreim  2 weeks back

                                                                    It's AMERCIAN football; how about we just play it in AMERICA.

                                                                    • RoyalMela
                                                                      RoyalMela  1 weeks back

                                                                      I though you call it football?

                                                                    • Sanddab Z
                                                                      Sanddab Z  1 weeks back

                                                                      does the same go for baseball and basketball?

                                                                  • earthdog7900
                                                                    earthdog7900  2 weeks back

                                                                    The London team would be a clear case for realignment and changing the way the schedules are set up. I could see the Rams or Seahawks going to London once every 20 years.

                                                                    • Alex Lawton
                                                                      Alex Lawton  2 weeks back

                                                                      It would have been great for you to give the example of Toronto wolfpack who play Rugby league in the British league in this video. London can support an NFL team and it is possible

                                                                      • Yannick Therrien
                                                                        Yannick Therrien  2 weeks back

                                                                        Not 56. Each NFL team is allowed to have 53 players on its roster (plus a five-player practice squad). As of 2011, the NFL has 32 teams, making a total of 1,696 players.

                                                                        • Alex Golfsalot
                                                                          Alex Golfsalot  2 weeks back

                                                                          its all an advertisement for skillshare.. thanks kevin

                                                                          • Jack Grimm
                                                                            Jack Grimm  2 weeks back

                                                                            Yeah this isn't an NFL logistics problem...they clearly have no problem doing anything they're doing because they're making so much money, the logistics problems lie elsewhere, but the NFL is fine

                                                                            • Scott Anderson
                                                                              Scott Anderson  2 weeks back

                                                                              What a great interesting video about something that seems boring.

                                                                              • Music Power
                                                                                Music Power  2 weeks back

                                                                                I'm sick of the over - officiating in the NFL. Professional football is closer to flag football then it's ever been and it's making m sick to my stomach.

                                                                                • Andrew De Venezia
                                                                                  Andrew De Venezia  2 weeks back

                                                                                  WOAAAHHH did you just call Newark “New York”... it’s in New Jersey

                                                                                  • Lucas Canteros-Paz
                                                                                    Lucas Canteros-Paz  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Looks like you never heard of super rugby!

                                                                                    • James Palmer
                                                                                      James Palmer  2 weeks back

                                                                                      "A permanent synthetic American Football *pitch* under its grass soccer *field* "

                                                                                      Good god man, are you trying to incite a riot or what?