NFL executives are gearing up for the 2017 season with the announcement of a massive expansion of the league’s team owners.
The league announced Monday that it will double the size of the team owners’ club, adding a combined membership of 11 teams to its existing 24 teams.
The new clubs will join the National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) as part of a four-team, eight-team model that will expand the league into new markets, with teams located in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.
The new teams will be owned by teams from the National Hockey Club (NHC), the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA).
The NHC and NCHA were formed in 2006 to bring professional sports to communities across the country.
The clubs will be called the National League Sports Clubs (NLSCs).
“This expansion will help us continue to grow the game and enhance our fans’ experience and engagement,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
“We will have the best teams in the world, and we will have a great league.”
The NFL announced the expansion of its teams in June, with the league adding seven franchises for the first time.
The first expansion team will be the Cleveland Browns, which will be joined by the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills.
The Buffalo Bills will join New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.
The Cleveland Browns’ new home in Canton, Ohio, will be renamed The Quicken Loans Arena, the team’s home since 2010.
The Minnesota Vikings will join Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears.
The Seattle Seahawks will join Washington Redskins, Minnesota Seahawks, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders.
The remaining two expansion teams will join Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers, each of which will have teams in Arizona, Arizona, California and Washington.
The San Diego Padres, who will be part of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will move to Los Angeles.
The expansion teams, which include the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints, will play in New Orleans.
New Orleans’ new stadium, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, is set to open in 2017.
The Rams, who play at the Georgia Dome, will remain in St. Paul, Minnesota, with two new home games, a home playoff game against the Detroit Lions and a home regular-season game against Minnesota Vikings.
The Saints will join Atlanta Falcons in New Jersey and New York Jets in New England.
The San Francisco 49ers will be in Seattle, which is set for a new stadium in 2020.
The 49ers’ new headquarters in downtown Seattle is set at the site of a former Boeing factory.
The New Orleans Pelicans, who are set to play in their new home at the Mercedes Benz Superdrome, will relocate to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a new home game in 2020 and a new team in 2021.
The league announced the addition of five new teams in 2018, including the New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks, which were joined by New York Browns and Houston Texans, who also were joined in 2018 by the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, who finished 10-6 last season, were joined last year by the Chicago Bears, who had previously been part of one of the NFL’s new expansion teams.
The Cincinnati Bengals, who were part of an expansion team that was part of NFL’s previous expansion teams in 2017, were added to the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Falcons, which are now the Chicago White Sox.
The Cincinnati Bengals were part, as well, of the 2017 expansion teams that were joined this year by Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings in Cleveland.
The Chicago Bears were part in 2017’s expansion teams and will be included in the new additions to the NFL in 2019.