The FFL

December 01, 1993

We have a great idea. Why doesn't the National Football League move all its teams to Florida? After all, it is the fastest growing state in the nation and deserves full recognition as such.

As we write, Orlando, Tallahassee, Naples, Palm Beach, Clearwater, Sarasota, Bradenton, Fort Myers, Key West, Daytona Beach, Gainesville, St. Augustine, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, Zolto Springs, La Belle, Venus, Yankeetown, Kissimmee, Alachua, Lehigh Acres, Lacoochee, Long Boat Key, Zephy, Cocoa and even a metropolis named Frost-proof are lacking an NFL franchise. That makes 26 in all, which should accommodate the 26 non-Florida teams now in the NFL. It just isn't fair that their citizens should have to travel all the way to Miami, Tampa and now Jacksonville to be entertained.

If Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Buffalo and other northern cities would concede the inevitable -- that football's connection with crisp autumn weather is an anachronism -- a Florida monopoly could come into being. Then the NFL could become the FFL, which is about all it deserves.

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