Real Football in London

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October 23, 2011; London, ENGLAND; Detail view of a NFL football for the kickers near a kicker

 

Over the past couple years some NFL teams have been forced to play one of their home games in London, England.

The travel is tough, the loss of a home game is tougher, but the hoopla and fan fare is always consistent. London loves its football, the real type.

Robert Kraft, the New England Patriot owner (and one of the top, most respected owners in the league) told international media that he wants to be a driving force that takes a franchise stateside across the rather large pond.

I personally think we should have a franchise in London and that is something I am going to push for. I think I said that the last time we were over here in 2009 and before this next decade is out, I hope we have a team here. I think that would be right for the NFL and this fan base has proven they deserve it.

I think we’re starting to tap out in the United States. If you look at the last Super Bowl we were in this past season, we had over 180 million people watching — that’s almost two thirds of America. So for us to grow the game, we have to expand globally. Having seen the kind of support we have received here in London, it is the intention of the NFL owners to get two games here, starting next year.

 

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