Originally posted by English:
Historic rivalries are huge money spinners. The NFL messes with its history at its own peril.
TBF, most of the historic rivalries and recent ones developed since the 2002 realignment are preserved in the OP's conjecture....geographically it would make for some close fun playing teams within two time zones for most of the season
would just suck not to be able to play say New York for years on end unless the Niners finish in the same conference placement
national fanbases would suffer
this isn't the NBA where a team can be dominated/powered by a superstar and you have the same dynastic teams year in and year out
the NFL is great as it is because of its parity in terms of talent and fairness of its current scheduling format...yes it sucks to have to travel if you have a better record to another team's stadium just because that team won their supposedly "weaker division" but theoretically your team had all season to also win its division and avoid such a seeming injustice....though this season the NFL is a culprit in that its referees were a determining factor in the 49ers being robbed of a division and Arizona a berth in the playoffs
[ Edited by Dr_Bill_Walsh on Dec 30, 2013 at 3:07 AM ]