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Report: NFL wants TWO games in London

Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:20 am
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The NFL says it wants to hold two games in London next year (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For those NFL teams who hate giving up a home game in order to fly overseas and play a tilt in front of European fans, it sounds like they’re going to be twice as disappointed next season.

Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reports that commissioner Roger Goodell told him that the NFL would like to play two games next season in Europe. According to Kaplan, he believes both games would be in London.

For Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, that probably doesn’t sound like a good idea, considering he said this in June when asked about playing in London this season:

"No, I'm not excited to go to London,” he said. “I don't understand why they do that. ... I am not excited to go to London, I will say that. I can't imagine many players would be, considering the travel involved and disruption to their weekly schedule.”

Last year, when I spoke to Takeo Spikes about it, he described the difficulty of adjusting to a time zone that is five hours ahead of the U.S. East Coast and eight hours ahead of the West. Though he said he enjoyed the trip, it wasn’t easy on his sleep patterns.

From my Five Questions (or more) with him:

CBS: You guys went straight from Carolina to London, while Denver spent a couple extra days at home. Do you think it helped that the 49ers flew out early to let your bodies adjust?

Spikes: I think it helped. To be honest, we got there Monday morning, and we didn’t recover until that Thursday. That’s when everybody’s bodies were back on schedule. I can’t even imagine doing what Denver wanted to do and expect them to feel well-rested and alert. I know for us, even on Wednesday, I still couldn’t go to sleep on time.


But there obviously is big money to be made in Europe and the NFL feels it needs to continue pushing its global brand. And really, what would a team like the Bengals rather have? Playing in front of an excited, sold-out crowd in Wembley Stadium or a half-full stadium of Cincinnatians who are apathetic about the product in front of them?

Maybe the former.

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 7:10 am
 

Report: NFL wants TWO games in London

Many thanks for you. your guide is instead pract ical.


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Since: Nov 28, 2011
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Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Report: NFL wants TWO games in London

I can tell from your screen name that you've got a lopsided opinion on this subject so I'll do my best here.  It's one game and it's an oddity, so the interest will be generated.  But if they continue to ship more games over there (while pissing on season ticket holders here) the interest is going to decline.  I'd be interested to know what the demographics are at these games as well.  Probably not the same people who start riots after watching a riveting 1-0 victory.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Report: NFL wants TWO games in London

I find it amazing that poster after poster keeps ranting that "they" are not interested in "Football' yet the games in London sell out in hours (at a vastly higher ticket prices), so clever brains who are buying the tickets if "they' are not interested as you say?
GoRomoGo, as a Cowboys fan you should know better, I expect that kind of post from a Redskins fan.
Progress waits for nobody.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:16 am
 

Report: NFL wants TWO games in London

I wonder how many bananna peels will be thrown on the field for that?



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:55 am
 

Report: NFL wants TWO games in London

Great now 2 teams get to have their home games pissed away.  Goodell is a prick.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:55 am
 

Report: NFL wants TWO games in London

NO NO NO NO NO.  Stop showing soccer "highlights" on ESPN and knock it off with this ridiculous London excrement.  They don't care about our football and we CERTAINLY don't give a damn about theirs.  I normally stay out of the Roger Goodell bashing because I honestly didn't care.  But now I think it's time for him to move on.  He obviously only cares about money and not the game.  That is the ONLY reason I can see for him not only ignoring the fact that NO players want one game there in the first place and pushing a second one despite the aforementioned protests.  Congrats Roger, you've created yet ANOTHER anti-fan.  Keep it up buddy.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:37 am
 

Report: NFL wants TWO games in London

During the lockout didn't Goodell forego his salary?  I believe even then, he was overpaid.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Report: NFL wants TWO games in London

Goodell - really, knock it off.

This is our game. We want to see it at home.

Pro Bowl - fine, no one cares. But leave our games at our home stadiums. 


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