"They could make up their own division for the first few years or until they reached parity with the veteran teams. That way, they wouldn't be at the bottom of a veteran division, but they would be playing the established clubs in interdivisional games. Any expansion team needs several years to catch up. Why not let all six of them catch Up together?"
There are some flaws in Schramm's proposal, which is similar to the expansion method adopted by the National Hockey League. For one, the Canadian clubs would all be cold-weather teams. As Rozelle says, "Any move into Canada would have to be predicated on domed stadiums. And there are many good locations in the United States, with more coming, I think. Places like Birmingham, Tampa, Phoenix—I don't want to get into specific locations. We have to wait and see what develops."
Obviously, when the six new teams are ready to graduate from their kindergarten division, Rozelle will have the whole realignment problem to go through once more. It won't be as easy next time, if easy is the right word. All 32 teams will be thrown into the hopper and, instead of 13 recalcitrant owners, Rozelle will be dealing with 32, 26 of whom will want to be assured of competing with at least one of the new division graduates in a domed stadium in Canada or else in Hawaii.
Last week Rozelle had set aside his realignment problems for the moment and was meeting with TV executives. Of course, the realignment must be finished in time for the NFL to renegotiate its television contracts, which expire at the end of the season; the networks aren't anxious to buy a pig in a poke. So, in the end, TV is once again the determining factor in the organization of pro football.