PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- Can a city consider itself major league when the biggest game in the country isn't played in its metro area?A National Football League franchise is not only a civic status symbol, but a way of grabbing your town some air time and -- potentially -- some cash. Last year alone, the NFL produced $9.5 billion in revenue. That's $2 billion more than the $7.5 billion produced by Major League Baseball over the same span and more than the revenue produced by the NCAA ($5.3 billion) and NASCAR ($4.1 billion) combined. Its television revenue is slated to rise from an average of $4 billion a year to $5 billion annually as new contracts kick in. The networks are more than happy to pay after 31 of the 32 most-watched television shows in the fall of 2012 were NFL games.
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