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Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:40 am
Edited on: January 20, 2012 1:23 pm
 
Wembley StadiumBy Josh Katzowitz

With Rams owner Stan Kroenke also owning the English Premier Leagues’ Arsenal soccer team, a date in London to play the NFL’s annual international game certainly makes sense. And St. Louis players had better get used to it, because not only will they face the Patriots in 2012, but the Rams also have signed up to play in London in 2013 and 2014.

That’s the word from the team, which also reports that next year’s game will occur Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local time).

The Rams will be the home team in 2012, meaning they’ll lose a game at the Edward Jones Dome.

“This is a tremendous honor for our franchise, the city of St. Louis and our fans throughout the world,” Kroenke said in a statement. “We are excited about the opportunity to reach new audiences globally. This is a great platform to showcase the city of St. Louis to London and the UK.
 
“We’ve seen first-hand the increased popularity of the NFL not only in London but throughout Europe. To play a role in that growth over the next three years will be incredible and is a testament to the many good things happening not only in the NFL but also in the St. Louis Rams organization.”

[RELATED: Is playing in London a good idea for a team intent on winning the second half of the season?]

As the St. Louis Post Dispatch points out, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in October that he wanted to see a few teams becoming regulars in London (the Buccaneers, for example, have been twice already, and next year will mark New England's second trip across the Atlantic) so they could begin to build a following in Europe.

That would be “very powerful and lead us to what we ultimately would like to do -- have a franchise here in London,” Goodell said.

The NFL is contracted to play at least one regular-season contest in London through 2016.

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Comments

Since: Oct 4, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 1:21 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

London Rams does have a nice ring to it. 

Actually kind of a good idea to have a team like the Rams who struggle with attendance even then they are good play one game a year in London. More STL fans will fill up their stadium for the other 7 games with 1 less. 



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:13 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

If the rams are moving to london full-time, I hope they trade for Tebow first.  We need a break over here!



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:19 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Rams v Pats in London, great the spygate grudge match takes place outside USA so most can't see it.

Uhh... what? Who is most? It's not like the game is not shown on TV just because it is in England. if anything, it is televised in more places as CBS is going to take advantage of it. If the game was just a normal game in Foxboro, only those in St. Louis and New England would see it. Same thing happened with Giants/Dolphins. I had to sit through that nightmare of a game and where I was at the time, I should have had someone else on TV.



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 12:53 am
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

You didn't mention my personal favourite....every 20 minutes or so you suddenly hear DEEEYOOO.
what the hell is that? Seriously?
Let' go Rammies....
Let's go Rammies....etc



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:16 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Thank god that another NFL owner, besides Malcolm Glazer, has decided to give up their biggest home games each year to travel to Europe.  Ever since Malcolm bought the Manchester United in '03, him & the Glazer family have been much more concerned about their appearance in England than in Tampa - the downturn in Tampa's economy didn't help, but they raised ticket prices every year for 6 years after that & destroyed a long waiting list for season tickets.  (they gave away the Bears game this year, which was the hottest ticket in town back in the NFC Central days - an easy sell out)

Nothing against the Rams & I hope their ownership gets the attention they are looking for in England.  For the Bucs, I hope the Glazer's start paying attention to the Bucs.



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:20 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Rams v Pats in London, great the spygate grudge match takes place outside USA so most can't see it.



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:13 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

I just think that hurts the real St. Louis Rams fans. It talks away a home game every year one in which I would be mad about losing. But they'll be on tv and for the fans that can afford to go over to London to watch it should be fun.




Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:54 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

I'm not a fan of the NFL playing regular-season games in Europe...It's one thing for Buffalo to play a home game in Toronto...The cities aren't that far apart, comparatively speaking, although I'm not sure if that's a market the NFL would want to expand into.  But having two teams play thousands of miles from home is just nuts. 

NFL expansion into Europe could work, but as someone mentioned there would have to be other cities in the mix.  Berlin and Frankfurt top my list, as they both had successful teams in NFL Europa.  Amsterdam is also a possibility along with London.  If you add one more foreign city - say Barcelona or Dusseldorf - and three more American franchises - I'd say Birmingham, Los Angeles and Memphis to flesh things out - and you'd have a 40-team league - two conferences with four five-team divisions, one of which would be in Europe.  It would require changes to the scheduling formula and the tiebreaker procedures, of course, but that would be one way to do it. 




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:29 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Kind of ironic, the Patriots going to London?
   The Cheaters are coming...The cheaters are coming!



Since: Mar 19, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:23 pm
 

Rams to face Patriots in London in '12

Yeah football will be the next big thing in England right after soccer becomes the next big thing in the USA


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