The NFL's Logistics Problem

  • Published: 30 July 2019
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Comments • 3 133

  • Paul F
    Paul F  41 minutes back

    I thought the london silly nannies already played there.

    • Trevor Harrington
      Trevor Harrington  6 hours back

      58 players per team with 53 are active, 48 suit up for game day, and 5 per practice squad

      • P Pumpkin
        P Pumpkin  7 hours back

        Saw an A-400 painted with Jets logo and Jets colors. I presume the Jets had a permanent charter.

        • Alex V
          Alex V  14 hours back

          So what Wendover is saying is that I should hurry up with the teleportation device I’ve been working on? It does technically kill you every time but I’m pretty sure the original you comes out the other side. 60% of the time. Ie. every time.

          • Zachary T
            Zachary T  1 days back

            0:54 53*

            • Bill Woo
              Bill Woo  2 days back

              I am so sorry for doing this, interrupting a serious and intelligent discussion, and maybe I'll go to hell for it, but: 6:17

              • Matt Sweeney
                Matt Sweeney  2 days back

                This is clickbait. The video is not about the "NFL's Logistics Problem" its about the "NFL's" logistics problem: Trying to set up a team in London.

                Its not the there is a logistics problem with the NFL, its that the NFL has one trying to set up a team in London.

                • Matt Sweeney
                  Matt Sweeney  2 days back

                  NFL teams are 53 players with a 10 man practice squad btw.

                  • Моses M
                    Моses M  2 days back

                    The NFL is phony.

                    • michael Deatherage
                      michael Deatherage  3 days back

                      Thanks for showing a Bengal tiger logo!

                      The Bengals NFL team... uses a B logo... >.<

                      • Grant Sherwin
                        Grant Sherwin  3 days back

                        NFL rosters are actually 53 players, not 56 like you stated numerous times during the video.

                        • Random Channel
                          Random Channel  3 days back

                          In 20 years:
                          "Introducing the DUBLIN LEPRECHAUNS!"

                          • Blake Williams
                            Blake Williams  3 days back

                            GIVE US THE LONDON REDCOATS IN THE NEW AFC EAST (because of a division redesign on account of the 2 new teams)

                            • Mickey Corbalis
                              Mickey Corbalis  3 days back

                              53 players*

                              • 2A Talk and Politics
                                2A Talk and Politics  4 days back

                                On average 250 lbs?? Uh ok. The O line boys are no 250 pounders... There is no "average" weight. I lost interest after 6 mins, but after a brief second i saw cheerleaders then i was done again

                                • Dustin Stahl
                                  Dustin Stahl  4 days back


                                  • Macon Leighton
                                    Macon Leighton  4 days back

                                    The dollar amounts you have cited seem large to the average person, but the base salary for an undrafted rookie that makes the game day roster is $480k. It's even $136k for practice squad players. With 8 practice squad players, teams pay nearly $1M for eight players that literally don't play. The dollar amounts cited for travel mean almost nothing to these earnings juggernauts. Given the amount of money teams make from just from TV deals mean this is all ready paid for before they even turn the lights on for a season. Good try though, keep it up!

                                    • Drinkyoghurt
                                      Drinkyoghurt  4 days back

                                      I just checked, cheapest tickets for an NFL match in London are 500 quid. Imagine paying that much money to fall asleep.

                                      • Kyle Chin
                                        Kyle Chin  4 days back

                                        Please do one for the overwatch league

                                        • Paul McRae
                                          Paul McRae  5 days back

                                          If they add a team in London they need to add 4 teams in Europe altogether. That could alleviate some of the logistical problems.

                                          • LRWS
                                            LRWS  5 days back

                                            You want a NFL team outside the US? Expand to Canada.

                                          • Ryu Fitzgerald
                                            Ryu Fitzgerald  5 days back

                                            This is another reason we need supersonic jets.


                                            • TL
                                              TL  5 days back

                                              This is very enlightening. Thank you

                                              • ThrobbinHood
                                                ThrobbinHood  6 days back

                                                It's amazing how much money these teams make.... and they still bitch about stuff they can easily afford to fix.. oi, rich people

                                                • C C
                                                  C C  6 days back

                                                  The NFL should bring back its Europe division. If they're able to properly grow that league, then they could do the same idea as the MLB having 20 interleague games per team. After a champion has been crowned in each league, then they can have a world title game.

                                                  • CP 9301
                                                    CP 9301  6 days back

                                                    More jet lag an advantage? I don't think so. Good video though!

                                                    • Battenkill Rambler
                                                      Battenkill Rambler  1 weeks back

                                                      This obsession with football is beyond ridiculous. Boring game to watch, stop start stop start...silly.

                                                      • Daniel Lauterbach
                                                        Daniel Lauterbach  1 weeks back

                                                        Too bad nfl players get absolutely nothing compared to nba players lol

                                                        • kainoamh
                                                          kainoamh  1 weeks back

                                                          London already has an NFL team. It's called the London Sillynannies

                                                          • Mirza Dzomba
                                                            Mirza Dzomba  1 weeks back

                                                            Thanks for the informative video. It is a small point but I need to note that the number of players on the active roster of an NFL team is not 56. It is 53. Not all of them always travel to away games, though. The game day roster is 46, and the teams regularly leave at home players who need rehab on a minor injury (i.e. injury that does not land them on injured reserve).

                                                            • Daniel Ho
                                                              Daniel Ho  1 weeks back

                                                              18:35 some corrections from a person IN HAWAII
                                                              "Hawaiian Rainbow Warriors" --> "U H Warriors"
                                                              "Rainbow Warriors" refers to student athletes of every other sport EXCEPT football. "Warriors" is the accepted term for ONLY the football team.

                                                              • 82465amen
                                                                82465amen  1 weeks back

                                                                Bring the Concord back!

                                                                • Frank V
                                                                  Frank V  1 weeks back

                                                                  Shit too much money wasted on logistics I have plans to cut these costs

                                                                  • zoperxplex
                                                                    zoperxplex  1 weeks back

                                                                    Soccer is the number one sport in the United Kingdom. I don't think the British are interested in a sport where their teams are just an appendage to an American based league.

                                                                    • Luca Grandinetti
                                                                      Luca Grandinetti  1 weeks back

                                                                      Give Canada a fucken team.

                                                                      • JONOVID
                                                                        JONOVID  1 weeks back

                                                                        whatever happened to just managing a football business. why does a business need to grow, what is the problem in staying the same size?
                                                                        when is enough is enough. so middle management needs a pay rise? if the NFL is a successful business, then what is the problem with keeping it inside the US ?

                                                                        • your mom
                                                                          your mom  1 weeks back

                                                                          well they wouldnt need to bring their equipment to the US if they would for example store it in the US aswell or get help by other teams by any chance if it comes to simpler stuff which is just a pain in the ass to deal with when you have to fly over the Atlantic. Have like a secound storage for US games. In the same time you could make it an requirement that the London team has to help out the visiting teams aswell as they do in the US.

                                                                          • EanMac
                                                                            EanMac  1 weeks back

                                                                            Of course the Patriots just bought some planes.

                                                                            • Ethan Bagshaw
                                                                              Ethan Bagshaw  1 weeks back

                                                                              56 players??????

                                                                              • J Egner
                                                                                J Egner  1 weeks back

                                                                                Why not Mexico or Canada

                                                                                • c0cksm4ck
                                                                                  c0cksm4ck  1 weeks back

                                                                                  11:20 mark - the hot blonde totally eyefucks the guy behind her.

                                                                                  • TheOneG36 జ్ఞ‌ా

                                                                                    WTF, where is the Problem? Oil and Kerosin is Tax Free and Subsidized as well as the Planes and Pilots so where is the fcking Problem? if this dudes want to play NFL let them if they are ready to spent the majority of there Life (as players) in a Plane? why not let them it is not a Problem just Absurd when you think about it......

                                                                                    • Nick Muse
                                                                                      Nick Muse  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Air Force Academy got a mention! SKO FALCS

                                                                                      • JBeasy 56
                                                                                        JBeasy 56  1 weeks back

                                                                                        12:42 How did they fly off the flat earth and come back on the other side??

                                                                                        • James Farrell
                                                                                          James Farrell  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Fantastic video

                                                                                          Great job

                                                                                          I love it

                                                                                          • TheMarcRaspa
                                                                                            TheMarcRaspa  1 weeks back

                                                                                            53 players. not 56.

                                                                                            • Jackal Matlou
                                                                                              Jackal Matlou  1 weeks back

                                                                                              What name would a London NFL team go by?

                                                                                              • Trevor Delepine
                                                                                                Trevor Delepine  1 weeks back

                                                                                                You could solve all the logistics problems in terms of jet lag and distance and open up the whole world to having the ability to have NFL teams, just eliminate bi-weeks and have every NFL game be played two weeks apart, regular season expands from 18 weeks to 36, players have more time to recover from injuries, NFL fans have fewer games competing with each other for ratings, which would boost the individual games ratings, and it wouldn’t matter where in the world the game was played as each team would have a whole week to adjust.