The NFL's Logistics Problem


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References:
[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_professional_sports_leagues_by_revenue
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_professional_sports_leagues_by_revenue
[3] https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1640782-the-anatomy-of-a-53-man-roster-in-the-nfl
[4] http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81ee4faa/article/team-travel-directors-preparing-as-if-there-will-be-a-2011-season
[5] https://www.reddit.com/r/baseball/comments/8hf8eu/mlb_team_charter_planes/?st=jygao9i9&sh=71d96432; https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ua2505
[6] https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ua2534
[7] https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ua2534
[8] https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n76054
[9] https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n76064
[10] https://onemileatatime.com/nfl-charter-flights/
[11] https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/dl8870; https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/dl8871
[12] https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2018/05/28/Leagues-and-Governing-Bodies/NFL-planes.aspx
[13] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL_International_Series
[14] https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/where-is-the-nfl-headed-next
[15] https://www.latimes.com/sports/chargers/la-sp-chargers-london-20181019-story.html; https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertkidd/2018/10/10/uk-definitely-ready-for-london-nfl-team/#4f6fbfe1220a
[16] https://www.espn.com/soccer/tottenham-hotspur/story/3108630/nfl-helping-fund-new-tottenham-hotspur-stadium-sources
[17] https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/18/sports/football/seattle-seahawks-london.html
[18] https://www.pitchcare.com/news-media/inside-the-buffalo-bills-hotel-the-grove-watford-home-to-the-first-uk-eclipse-hybrid-turf-pitch.html
[19] https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/roger-goodell-on-nfl-in-london-theres-no-question-a-team-could-be-successful-here/
[20] https://www.privatefly.com/us/private-jets/large-airliner-hire/Boeing-747-400; https://www.paramountbusinessjets.com/aircraft/boeing-747-400.html; https://thepointsguy.com/news/touring-crystal-skye-777/; https://www.cntraveler.com/story/this-private-boeing-787-dreamliner-costs-74000-dollars-an-hour;
[21] https://www.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] https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2016/8/27/12672296/hawaii-schedule-2016
[23] https://hawaiiathletics.com/news/2017/9/6/general-hawaiian-airlines-uh-athletics-team-up-for-2017-18-sports-travel.aspx
[24] https://sunwolves.or.jp/en/schedule/2019/


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You should make a video on the logistics behind the cycling world tour!

1 day ago

What about the NHL? It would be the only truly international major league sport, excluding baseball's little extension to Toronto. One would expect that the logistics of bringing teams from San Diego to Winnipeg would be interesting - including stuff like visas etc. Could be an interesting one!

5 days ago

Why can't teams buy a plane of their own? Just asking because i thought having your own charter plane would solve majority of the problems..

5 days ago

The MLB players CBA calls for the same airline seating.

1 week ago

45 km = ~28 miles.

1 week ago

Makes more money than so and so combined......
WTF???!!!!!!????
That's like saying that a octopus has more arms than a rock, a bean, a duck and a dog combined!!!!
Compare them to the MLB, NBA and NHL for sports sakes!!!!

1 week ago

Wendover: Let’s talk about some other American sports like basketball baseball and hockey

Me: ummm are you sure about that

1 week ago

I was at the Jets game in Foxborough

2 weeks ago

I played baseball at University of Hawaii, and let me tell you, that travel is hell. Would have been a lot easier if I was being paid like NFL players do though.

2 weeks ago

Since NFL has all the dosh to work with, why doesn't it set up a basic airline to move all the stuff around?

(Also. American Football League. The name would suggest, the teams are from, or at least based in America.)

2 weeks ago

You forgot about me and the boys driving up to Charlotte

2 weeks ago

NFL are gonna be the first to invent teleporters, I'm calling it now.

2 weeks ago

This is why players hate the jaguars front office and are leaving in droves. They also hate the greed of the nfl front office as well. They’re so inconsiderate

2 weeks ago

You can tell on flight tracking apps/sites that it’s a charter job because of the higher flight number and the type of the plane and airline going on the routes for example a Delta 757 going on a charter for a NHL team from YOW(Ottawa) to PHL(Philadelphia) or a Air Canada A319 taking the Toronto Maple Leafs from Toronto(YYZ) to Nashville(BNA). As well Air Canada has set aside 3 Airbus A319-100’s in all business class configuration for charter operations which are for a wide variety of groups mainly Canadian NHL teams, singers or sometimes politicians for Canadian election campaigns.

3 weeks ago

These teams are owned by billionaires. I don’t feel sorry for them.

3 weeks ago

The NFL should shoulder some of the transport costs, just like how F1 does it.

3 weeks ago

Newark - Providence: Could be a 3,5 hr Bus ride. But NO you need a 777. Seriously 😅😅

3 weeks ago

Are you ready for some football...logistics?

4 weeks ago

The patriots have their own two jumbo jets

1 month ago

The NFL doesn't give a shit about anything but revenue m!!
Not fans ,not players ,not Cities ,not law !!.....nothing but the Benjamin's !!🤬

1 month ago

2:22 bound for new york lol

1 month ago

How does University of Honolulu afford it?

1 month ago

I used to think the New England patriots were a European team..

1 month ago

Do tow trucks tow airplanes?

1 month ago

Seems best to keep teams in the US.

I always thought changes need to be made to divisions.

Baltimore Ravens to AFC East
Indianapolis Colts to AFC North
Miami Dolphins (my team) to AFC South

Carolina Panthers to NFC East
Dallas Cowboys to NFC South

1 month ago

And the biggest contributor to unnecessary emissions is.....the NFL charter market.

1 month ago

NFL rosters are 53 players

1 month ago

Anyone here gonna watch the XFL?

1 month ago

TO BAD THE BITCH SAINTS PLANE DIDT CRASH

1 month ago

I'm gonna be so genuinely upset if knockoff rugby gets a foothold in the UK

You said Jaguars and not Jaguares and it hurts me

1 month ago