The NFL's Logistics Problem

  • Published: 30 July 2019
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Comments • 3 236

  • Chuck Norris
    Chuck Norris  5 hours back

    53 players

    • Nick Weber
      Nick Weber  18 hours back

      53 not 56

      • Jarek Jellison
        Jarek Jellison  1 days back

        One word: kneeling.

        • Andrew Farrow
          Andrew Farrow  2 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  2 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  3 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  3 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  3 days back

                  Stop using the flat earth map

                  • Joseph Nagel
                    Joseph Nagel  4 days back

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

                    • John Oke
                      John Oke  5 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  5 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  5 days back

                          11:12 HOT GIRL ALERT!

                          • Jack Wilcox
                            Jack Wilcox  5 days back

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

                            • Jack Wilcox
                              Jack Wilcox  4 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  4 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  5 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  5 days back

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

                            • Mantorras Montquilla
                              Mantorras Montquilla  5 days back

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

                              • Bartholomew Smutz
                                Bartholomew Smutz  5 days back

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

                                • sweetwater88
                                  sweetwater88  5 days back

                                  Go London Wankers!

                                  • Dylan Shramko
                                    Dylan Shramko  3 days back

                                    Correction, London Sillynannies, if you get the reference

                                • Paul Gaither
                                  Paul Gaither  6 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  6 days back

                                    you forgot to talk about the pro 14 rugby

                                    • HowlingSnail
                                      HowlingSnail  6 days back

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

                                      • JanitorIsBack
                                        JanitorIsBack  6 days back

                                        11:16 you can thank me later

                                        • Thomas Lee
                                          Thomas Lee  6 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  6 days back

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

                                            • loginavoidence12
                                              loginavoidence12  6 days back

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                                              • Taylor Dively
                                                Taylor Dively  7 days back

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

                                                • MPrime
                                                  MPrime  4 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  1 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  7 days 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  7 days 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  7 days 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?

                                                                          • Mark Zink
                                                                            Mark Zink  2 weeks back

                                                                            The NFL should just play in London, Ontario and claim it's actually England. That'll cut down on travel time. Just CGI the background during panoramic shots.

                                                                            • John Airey
                                                                              John Airey  2 weeks back

                                                                              Surely the logistics can be worked around maintenance schedules for these aircraft?

                                                                              • Kevin Morice
                                                                                Kevin Morice  2 weeks back

                                                                                So none of the airlines are smart enough or organised enough to do their scheduled maintenance during the large amounts of downtime at their hubs?

                                                                                • John Burns
                                                                                  John Burns  2 weeks back

                                                                                  The NFL's logistical problem.
                                                                                  forgetting that the CFL expanded southwards in the mid 90's...

                                                                                  • Steve C
                                                                                    Steve C  2 weeks back

                                                                                    No one outside the airline industry gives a shit

                                                                                    • Dirtbag359
                                                                                      Dirtbag359  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I can't help but wonder, am I the only one that a first glance thought the thumbnail included a pack of cigarettes?