The head of the NFL in the United Kingdom says London is moving closer to getting an NFL franchise.
In an interview with Reuters, NFL UK managing director Alistair Kirkwood said the success of the NFL’s International Series in London, which began in 2007, has made a franchise there a real possibility.
“I think the first chapter has been considered a success with the owners voting on a renewal going forward,” Kirkwood said. “Jacksonville returning is also a sign of maturity of the concept.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced this week that the Jacksonville Jaguars will play one home game at London’s Wembley Stadium for four years starting next year.
“What this now does is allow us to test if we can bring in more new fans and boost a single team recognition,” Kirkwood told Reuters.
“Once that period has come up we will then have learnt an awful lot about it and know what the viability for us going forward is and then be in a great position to make a call [on putting a franchise in London].”
This year’s London game is scheduled for Oct. 28 between the St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots.
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