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    London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    BBC SPORT | Other sport... | American Football | London 'could have own NFL team'


    Didn't they try this with NFL Europe and it failed miserably?

    I don't think this is smart in the fact that all away games would consist of a plane ride across the Atlantic Ocean to the states and same with teams traveling to them for home games. Also, 1-2 games is manageable but eventually futbol/soccer will take back over and the NFL London team will fall on the backburner.



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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    nobody wants this except goodell. i wonder how big american football is in europe anyway?



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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    NFL Europe ran for 13 seasons, so I wouldn't call it a miserable failure.

    This sounds like the CFL expansion experiment from 1994-95 where they put a half-dozen CFL teams in the U.S. (Baltimore, Birmingham, Las Vegas, Memphis, San Antonio/Sacramento, Shreveport). Now THAT was a miserable failure.

    The old WLAF (1991-92) had 8 North American teams (Birmingham, Montreal, NY/NJ, Ohio, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham, Sacramento, San Antonio) and 2 European teams (Barcelona, Frankfurt). Again: miserable failure.



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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    The plane ride across the ocean wouldn't be much different than the ride from coast to coast for east coast teams, though it would be quite difficult for west coast teams I'm sure

    NFL Europe was a bit different in that it was a whole league, plus it was sort of the D list players.

    I think one team in London could do well, if for no other reason than for the ex-pats who live there.

    There are plenty of people in NFL towns that don't give a crap about the NFL, and I'm sure that would be the case in London. It's just a question of getting enough fans to make it viable. No question soccer would still be way bigger.


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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    Quote Originally Posted by theshadow View Post
    NFL Europe ran for 13 seasons, so I wouldn't call it a miserable failure.

    This sounds like the CFL expansion experiment from 1994-95 where they put a half-dozen CFL teams in the U.S. (Baltimore, Birmingham, Las Vegas, Memphis, San Antonio/Sacramento, Shreveport). Now THAT was a miserable failure.

    The old WLAF (1991-92) had 8 North American teams (Birmingham, Montreal, NY/NJ, Ohio, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham, Sacramento, San Antonio) and 2 European teams (Barcelona, Frankfurt). Again: miserable failure.
    I think the XFL takes the cake as far as professional football failures.



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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    That was at least a league that was all in one country.



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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    USFL?


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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    The plane ride across the ocean wouldn't be much different than the ride from coast to coast for east coast teams, though it would be quite difficult for west coast teams I'm sure
    It's not so bad for the visiting teams to travel to London once, but the London team would have to travel five to eight time zones away for every away game. I don't think that's feasible.




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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    Dumbest

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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    I have a cousin that lives in London. When I visited, I met all kinds of people who were born and raised in London.

    Almost all of them were asking me about the NFL: which teams I thought would be good, who are people talking about, etc,. They talked about how in the 1980s and 1990s they would get some NFL games in London and that it was somewhat sucessful.

    It seems like because of this exposure in the past, the people over there know a lot of the teams and all of that.

    I don't think there is ANYWAY it would compete with soccer over there, but that doesn't matter too much. All that would matter is can you get 40-50k people to fill it up, and I think you could as long as the scheduled smartly.

    I agree that some in the league wouldn't be thrilled about the long travel to get there, but at the same time they do get a week to prepare for a game.

    I'm not saying it would be a success for sure, but I am saying that more people in London talk about NFL than we may realize. It's more casual fan type stuff, but they still knew like the 49ers, the Cowboys, the Patriots and all of that.


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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    The only way to possibly make it work would be to have a whole division out there.



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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    The travel costs will doom this before it starts. Even to play a game now the teams get their bye week following the travel to Europe. I would guess we'll see a team in Mexico City before we see one in Europe.

    The NFL needs to be careful as to not expand too much. There is a saturation point that the season and the home town team will not be as special as it is now.



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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    The travel costs will doom this before it starts. Even to play a game now the teams get their bye week following the travel to Europe. I would guess we'll see a team in Mexico City before we see one in Europe.

    The NFL needs to be careful as to not expand too much. There is a saturation point that the season and the home town team will not be as special as it is now.
    Dude it's the NFL. They fly everywhere anyway. It's a few extra dead dinosaurs out the tailpipe. Hell I bet you can fly from NYC to London cheaper than you can fly from NYC to San Diego.

    The NFL has been pretty much unwatchable for me for the last couple of years. It's been in decline since the salary cap and free agency kicked in, IMO.


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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    Do you think if New York hosted a EUFA team it would be successful?!? I think if London hosted a NFL team it would be very successful, and great for the league.

    I don't think baseball or basketball would work.


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    Re: London Could Get Own NFL Football Team in Future

    Nope, sports that play more than once a week wouldn't work. Football is the one sport that it could work with though.



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