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Divisional realignment?

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Does anyone ever see any time in the future where divisions get realigned, even if it's just two teams?  Obviously, the league tried to keep rivalries intact for the good of the league.  The most prominent example was keeping the Cowboys in the NFC East.

 

So, have the divisions been ingrained into the system enough that they can never be changed?  For instance, the Colts got shafted by being put in the AFC South.  Are they rivals with their other three divisional teams now that they can't be moved?  Would some time in the near future, like the next few years, be a good time to move the Colts to the AFC North, the Ravens to the AFC East, and the Dolphins to the AFC South?

 

And what happens if a team moves?  The last three moves have been convenient, because the moves still made geographical sense: Rams could stay in the NFC West when moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles; the Chargers could stay in the AFC West when moving from San Diego to Los Angeles; and the Raiders could stay in the AFC West when moving from Oakland to Las Vegas.  But what if the Jaguars move to London?  Do they stay in the AFC South?  Or, should they try to move to the AFC East, where a New York and Boston team play and a more natural Transatlantic rivalry can be developed (paging Wallyhorse)?

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4 hours ago, xzmattzx said:

Does anyone ever see any time in the future where divisions get realigned, even if it's just two teams?  Obviously, the league tried to keep rivalries intact for the good of the league.  The most prominent example was keeping the Cowboys in the NFC East.

 

So, have the divisions been ingrained into the system enough that they can never be changed?  For instance, the Colts got shafted by being put in the AFC South.  Are they rivals with their other three divisional teams now that they can't be moved?  Would some time in the near future, like the next few years, be a good time to move the Colts to the AFC North, the Ravens to the AFC East, and the Dolphins to the AFC South?

 

And what happens if a team moves?  The last three moves have been convenient, because the moves still made geographical sense: Rams could stay in the NFC West when moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles; the Chargers could stay in the AFC West when moving from San Diego to Los Angeles; and the Raiders could stay in the AFC West when moving from Oakland to Las Vegas.  But what if the Jaguars move to London?  Do they stay in the AFC South?  Or, should they try to move to the AFC East, where a New York and Boston team play and a more natural Transatlantic rivalry can be developed (paging Wallyhorse)?

 

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As long as the nfce stays as is i could care less

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I wouldn't envision a realignment happening, short of new teams being added (like in London), or major moves teams.

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