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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:58 pm 
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I got to thinking that it would be nice if Cincinnati and Indianapolis were in different conferences to help both teams have their games televised in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana (especially Louisville) even when they play at the same time.

AFC West - Oakland, San Diego, Denver, Kansas City
AFC East - Buffalo, New York Jets, New England, Baltimore
AFC South - Miami, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Houston
AFC North - Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit
NFC West - San Francisco, Seattle, Arizona, St. Louis
NFC East - Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, New York Giants
NFC North - Cincinnati, Chicago, Minnesota, Green Bay
NFC South - Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Carolina

Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland are still in a regionally compact division, and perhaps Detroit would fare better in the AFC. Cincinnati is roughly the same distance from Chicago as Detroit, and the Bengals have done surprisingly well against the NFC North's current membership (5 straight wins). Both conferences get better geographical balance in the Midwest. Thoughts?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:34 am 
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Will never happen. Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota have been playing in the same division together for almost 50 years.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 11:57 am 
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I prefer a more simple Divisional swap (geography based):

AFC West - Oakland, San Diego, Denver, Kansas City
AFC East - Buffalo, New York Jets, New England, Baltimore
AFC South - Miami, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Houston
AFC North - Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincy
NFC West - San Francisco, Seattle, Arizona, St. Louis
NFC East - Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, New York Giants
NFC North - Detroit, Chicago, Minnesota, Green Bay
NFC South - Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Carolina

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:02 am 
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Yeah, I agree this would never happen. The rivalries are too deep in both D-town and the Nasty Nati for this to happen. That and if Cincy can keep it together the next few years, I'm not sure they NFC North would want the new guy in town owning the show (Favre IS going to retire at some point). Besides, the AFC "Black & Blue" Central is based on these rivalries, and the NFC North is also based on those rivalries. I honestly don't see any realignments until a team moves to LA, and that all depends on which team moves. The NFL is also the one league where travel costs don't matter too much, since you're just flying for a couple of days regardless.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:09 pm 
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The Cinc-Clev-Ind-Pitt division was one discussed in 2001. As I recall, Cleveland rejected the idea, calling it a "Turnpike Division". I never understood their objection.


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