What we love most about the NFL: No matter the size of a team’s city – from the megalopolis of New York to the small-town charm of Green Bay – everyone is on an equal footing when it comes to building a team. Thanks to a revenue sharing philosophy that dates back more than half a century, there is no big-market advantage in the NFL.
Consider: Super Bowl XLIV will be the first meeting between two teams from the league’s 10 smallest markets since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Indianapolis is the 22nd-ranked market in terms of size, and New Orleans is 31st. Only Green Bay is smaller.