I think the Pitts/Phillie merger would technically be the Stiggles, no?
What is the point of contraction anyway? If we decreased the size of the league we would still only have one winner each year. Wouldn't the best franchises then become that much better and the marginal ones become weak, or future Lions if you will?
Better answer is to hold owners accountable for the teams lack of competitivness. Say a team is run like Lions for a five year period (remembering that most franchises can be turned around in as little as 3 years) that franchise would be put on probation and every season that team doesn't have a winning record the profits for that season are given to local charities. That would ensure that deadbeat owners like William Clay Ford, for example, wouldn't make any money for putting forth a garbage team.