It’s surprising that Memphis, Tenn., doesn’t get consideration for the NFL, given how few teams there are in the American southeast, outside of Florida.
Memphis is far enough from Nashville to be its own market, but close enough to create an in-state rivalry. It is flashy and exciting enough to put on its own show, as it does every year while hosting the Liberty Bowl college game.
Plus, Memphis is the 25th biggest U.S. market, right behind Nashville and ahead of NFL cities like Las Vegas, Baltimore, Kansas City and Atlanta.
Consider also that a Memphis market would include parts of Arkansas and Mississippi, states that do not have pro sports, and there would be a definite appetite.