The National Football League has announced plans to expand to 40 teams by the beginning of the 2020 season. In a 40 team league, they would continue to have two conferences with four divisions each (increasing to five teams per division).
When asked why they wanted to expand, spokesman for the Commissioners Office Bart "Bubba" Reed said "Well, we got lots of markets out that that's growing and needs to get theyselves a team. We needs to put us a team in Los Angeles cuz too many folks are following USC and are forgetting about the real professionals."
While the league has not announced which cities will receive the new teams, locations under consideration include: Los Angeles, Portland (Oregon), San Antonio or Austin (Texas), Salt Lake City (Utah), Albuquerque (New Mexico), El Paso (Texas), Mexico City (Mexico), London (England), Oklahoma City, Honolulu (Hawaii), and Paris (France). New York City was also listed as a possibility as both New York City teams have moved to New Jersey.
"We think that we've got the East Coast pretty much covered, but there's lots of areas out west where we can still get ticket money from folks who are too far from our other stadiums. There's also a few places in Europe and Mexico where we could go. We do sell out all of our games in London and Mexico City all of the time, and we added Paris to the list to keep them Froggies from getting all upset at us."
No cities in Canada are currently under consideration due to a contract with the Canadian Football League (which they hope to absorb by 2025).