The NFL's Logistics Problem

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  • Published: 30 July 2019
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    References:
    [1] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_professional_sports_leagues_by_revenue
    [2] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_professional_sports_leagues_by_revenue
    [3] bleacherreport.com/articles/1640782-the-anatomy-of-a-53-man-roster-in-the-nfl
    [4] nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81ee4faa/article/team-travel-directors-preparing-as-if-there-will-be-a-2011-season
    [5] reddit.com/r/baseball/comments/8hf8eu/mlb_team_charter_planes/?st=jygao9i9&sh=71d96432; flightradar24.com/data/flights/ua2505
    [6] flightradar24.com/data/flights/ua2534
    [7] flightradar24.com/data/flights/ua2534
    [8] flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n76054
    [9] flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n76064
    [10] onemileatatime.com/nfl-charter-flights/
    [11] flightradar24.com/data/flights/dl8870; flightradar24.com/data/flights/dl8871
    [12] sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2018/05/28/Leagues-and-Governing-Bodies/NFL-planes.aspx
    [13] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL_International_Series
    [14] foxbusiness.com/features/where-is-the-nfl-headed-next
    [15] latimes.com/sports/chargers/la-sp-chargers-london-20181019-story.html; forbes.com/sites/robertkidd/2018/10/10/uk-definitely-ready-for-london-nfl-team/#4f6fbfe1220a
    [16] espn.com/soccer/tottenham-hotspur/story/3108630/nfl-helping-fund-new-tottenham-hotspur-stadium-sources
    [17] nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/18/sports/football/seattle-seahawks-london.html
    [18] pitchcare.com/news-media/inside-the-buffalo-bills-hotel-the-grove-watford-home-to-the-first-uk-eclipse-hybrid-turf-pitch.html
    [19] cbssports.com/nfl/news/roger-goodell-on-nfl-in-london-theres-no-question-a-team-could-be-successful-here/
    [20] privatefly.com/us/private-jets/large-airliner-hire/Boeing-747-400; paramountbusinessjets.com/aircraft/boeing-747-400.html; thepointsguy.com/news/touring-crystal-skye-777/; cntraveler.com/story/this-private-boeing-787-dreamliner-costs-74000-dollars-an-hour;
    [21] seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/seahawks-not-excited-for-long-plane-flight-but-eager-for-a-new-experience-and-hopefully-getting-a-win-in-london/
    [22] sbnation.com/college-football/2016/8/27/12672296/hawaii-schedule-2016
    [23] hawaiiathletics.com/news/2017/9/6/general-hawaiian-airlines-uh-athletics-team-up-for-2017-18-sports-travel.aspx
    [24] sunwolves.or.jp/en/schedule/2019/

Comments • 3 319

  • Andrew McManus
    Andrew McManus  9 hours back

    NFL rosters are 53 and only 46 can be eligible on game day.

    • Mike Maietto
      Mike Maietto  2 days back

      A steelers logo, a 757, and naming my city?? I'm in heaven

      • ZacProject
        ZacProject  6 days back

        NFL could just buy a plane for all teams to use to London, if London is away then they get the plane and if they are home the other team could utilize the plane. Just a thought

        • Trisent Triade
          Trisent Triade  7 days back

          NFL match outside america looks like someone Mobilizing army with their equipment

          • felixantoinetremblay
            felixantoinetremblay  1 weeks back

            Canada and Mexico should get their team first.

            • MFJ
              MFJ  1 weeks back

              Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: exists*
              Wembley: How could this happen to me

            • No No
              No No  1 weeks back

              Provinces is not the Patriots

              • No No
                No No  1 weeks back

                Newark m8

                • chrism3784
                  chrism3784  2 weeks back

                  NFL keeps allowing their players to knee during the national anthem, they going to find their fanbase dwindling

                  • drake ivy
                    drake ivy  2 weeks back

                    Whats wendover productions favorite football team?






                    The Jets

                    • cold soup
                      cold soup  2 weeks back

                      6:53 “and 47,000 of which buy games to every game”

                      • Just Rick
                        Just Rick  2 weeks back

                        the "Wenstminster Twats" will be a great team!

                        • Here to comment/watch weird stuff

                          I live in London but don't know anyone who cares about American football

                          • Honda CRV
                            Honda CRV  3 weeks back

                            10:43 OMG I live near San Diego!!!!!!!!!!!!! Their team is called the “Aztecs”! (I’m not a girl)

                            • Honda CRV
                              Honda CRV  3 weeks back

                              Sam, what state are you from?

                              • Chris Gorski
                                Chris Gorski  3 weeks back

                                Fascinating topic and expertly narrated. Thank you

                                • Joe Arcamonte
                                  Joe Arcamonte  3 weeks back

                                  why are they still trying to increase market saturation by promoting overseas games?

                                  • Joseph Turner
                                    Joseph Turner  3 weeks back

                                    When it comes to the University of Hawaii football for example, I have understood that because of their travel expenses to away games, the Rainbow Warriors get one extra home game per year above what teams usually get in order to help recover their costs. I’ve also understood that, those teams who travel to Honolulu for a game at Hawaii also get an extra home game permitted to them that season also to help recover their travel costs. That’s one thing that the NFL could do if they had a permanent team in London.

                                    • Joseph Turner
                                      Joseph Turner  3 weeks back

                                      For those teams in cities close to each other (New York, New England, DC), they should consider Amtrak for travel to/from those games - for example

                                      • Active Adam
                                        Active Adam  3 weeks back

                                        English people can easily play "football" as they already play a much tougher sport rugby and as I recall we got into the final while USA team didn't even make it out of the group stages plus se did play the USA team and the score was 45-7 to us! so it is easy for brits to play that over protected sport.

                                        • Mind of a Black Moderate Conservative

                                          If the NFL wanted to put a team over a large ocean, there would be a team in Honolulu by now......

                                          • Stovy Gaming
                                            Stovy Gaming  3 weeks back

                                            Why not be Mexico?

                                            • Daniel Kintigh
                                              Daniel Kintigh  4 weeks back

                                              FUCK THAT. Europeans won't even let their teams play a regular season game in the US. Why the fuck should we let them have a team? Fuck off europeans, make your own handegg league

                                              • Caitlin Bodamer
                                                Caitlin Bodamer  4 weeks back

                                                Can’t relate as a Patriots fan because as you mentioned, we have a beautiful plane we own with all of our majestic trophies depicted on it

                                                • Slack Key Traditions
                                                  Slack Key Traditions  4 weeks back

                                                  NFL teams should lease supersonic jetliners lol

                                                  • Wiktor Prymas
                                                    Wiktor Prymas  4 weeks back

                                                    Every body that likes American football in europe is a traitor!!!

                                                    • Cordell Booth
                                                      Cordell Booth  4 weeks back

                                                      Do season tickets holders get to go to games in other countries (Mexico and England) for free if it’s consider their teams home game?

                                                      • Matt Kneeshaw
                                                        Matt Kneeshaw  4 weeks back

                                                        You said the jet only made money for 30 min did you factor in the advertising you could get from said team by them saying "airline x is the proud airline of the jets " it's not traditional advertising but banners around the stadium saying that has a value just how much ? That would still fall under compensation for service provided

                                                        • Jackson
                                                          Jackson  4 weeks back

                                                          engalnd having an american football team could work, since its very simular to the sport known as rugby

                                                          • Brad Penman
                                                            Brad Penman  4 weeks back

                                                            Fifa has something to say about the claim that NFL earns the most.

                                                            • L McNaughton
                                                              L McNaughton  1 months back

                                                              11:36 I am from Ann Arbor...and I know for a fact you don't spell it "Detroit"

                                                              • Abu Ibu
                                                                Abu Ibu  1 months back

                                                                Here's my suggestion:
                                                                Create a mini European gridiron football League for a few years and eventually expand it to 32 teams as well (maybe even reaching North Africa), then the winner of the Superbowl and the winner of the Eurobowl play a World bowl final.

                                                                • Dregs
                                                                  Dregs  1 months back

                                                                  it would be best to have nfl teams in canada than the uk

                                                                  • Henry Ward
                                                                    Henry Ward  1 months back

                                                                    The start was kinda pointless coz the prem is the only one of them that makes any money at all

                                                                    • Joshua 윤호 Han
                                                                      Joshua 윤호 Han  1 months back

                                                                      why not just sell last minute seats so planes don't fly empty

                                                                      • DinoSauros Rex
                                                                        DinoSauros Rex  1 months back

                                                                        Wendover productions






                                                                        More like Bendover Productions

                                                                        • Jonas Helmke
                                                                          Jonas Helmke  1 months back

                                                                          So awesome to see aircraft used for thirty minute flights. I'm sure that's efficient as hell.

                                                                          • Will Harris
                                                                            Will Harris  1 months back

                                                                            1:07

                                                                            Plane

                                                                            • Andrew Salamoun
                                                                              Andrew Salamoun  1 months back

                                                                              I don't understand why they would need "tens of thousands of pounds of equipment" moved for a game... They need balls, safety gear, uniforms... and that's it? What the fuck else are they carrying in the tons to games that they can't get locally?

                                                                              I also don't understand why they don't buy their own planes. They have crazy money.
                                                                              I also don't understand why they wouldn't (in the 30 minute flight video) not just take a fucking bus. It's cheaper, and you can get crazy nice buses.

                                                                              • Nunovia Gottdamnedbizzness

                                                                                The NFL Buffalo Bill's currently plays two games per season in Toronto, which is about an hours drive away. Canada gas its own CFL which has teams in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and soon may be expanding to Quebec City and Halifax. The CFL dies have slightly larger fields and slightly different rules and player number than the NFL, but it's close enough that it could easily modify the way Canadian teams play.

                                                                                So Canada would be a a much better expansion market than London, and the television broadcast times would line up with regular US teams as well.

                                                                                • Matrix Code
                                                                                  Matrix Code  1 months back

                                                                                  2:24 *newark

                                                                                  • SkeletonMan84
                                                                                    SkeletonMan84  1 months back

                                                                                    11:34 GO BLUE!

                                                                                    • SkeletonMan84
                                                                                      SkeletonMan84  1 months back

                                                                                      0:42 LET'S GO REDSKINS!

                                                                                      • Eclipse YT
                                                                                        Eclipse YT  2 months back

                                                                                        NFL Teams: Our players will get too Jet-lagged by flying to London and the US.


                                                                                        SuperRugby Teams: *Laughs*

                                                                                        • Chuck Tomney
                                                                                          Chuck Tomney  2 months back

                                                                                          this is the most me video ever

                                                                                          • Aidan Tanner
                                                                                            Aidan Tanner  2 months back

                                                                                            american football and football, not football and soccer

                                                                                            • arnold kanagwa
                                                                                              arnold kanagwa  2 months back

                                                                                              Who else thinks he has the smoothest transition to adds ever??. I never see them coming!!!

                                                                                              • Tom Jones
                                                                                                Tom Jones  2 months back

                                                                                                Forty five percent in taxes. Lol.