NFL D-Leagues: The Cons
One of the biggest problems a NFL developmental league will face is appealing to a large set of its local crowd. How many people would pay tickets for D-league games? Especially when the season would most likely only span about 16 games.
Unless there is an NFL Draft lottery pick on the roster for the team, it will be really hard to attract fans. Even though the NBA and MLB deal with the same problems with their developmental leagues, they span more than just 16 games.
Normally advertising would boost the fan base’s emotions and feelings towards the team, but as I said earlier that costs money. We all know the NFL does not want to spend money where it does not have to.
The NFL also usually goes against the feelings of the fan bases in the league…ahem San Diego.
So, with the risk of league exposure for the developmental leagues and the possible money the NFL would have to spend it seems as if the cons make the proposed D-leagues a far fetched option.
Yet the benefits of a potential D-league still pose as interesting concepts for professional football.