London to get NFL team?

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.

Do you support the NFL moving overseas while U.S. cities such as Los Angeles remain without a franchise? And how about some ideas for a team name?

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Bone

August 24th, 2012
6:28 am

Bone

August 24th, 2012
6:29 am

And shouldn’t US cities get the NFL teams first, before London? Like LA for example?

shaggy

August 24th, 2012
6:38 am

I would MUCH rather see London get a franchise than armpit, LA, which hasn’t been able to hold on to a franchise, because they are an armpit.
I hope they end up in the NFC South.

BobbyDawg

August 24th, 2012
6:41 am

Does the National Football League then become the International Football League (IFL) ?

P F

August 24th, 2012
6:41 am

How many teams has LA had and lost? (probably as many as Atlanta has for hockey). As for names, British Bulldogs would pretty much rock. Wait, that was a wrestling tag team. Uh, how about the London Redcoats. Nope, too close to the Redskins. Okay, final answer, London It Ain’t Gonna Happen.

RBI

August 24th, 2012
6:55 am

One of the dumbest ideas I have ever heard.

Browncoat

August 24th, 2012
6:58 am

London Knights

Mark

August 24th, 2012
7:02 am

Professional sports is a for-profit enterprise. If a city has the fan and advertising base to sustain it financially, then why not? Atlanta doesn’t have an NHL franchise and LA doesnt have the NFL for just that reason…

Michael

August 24th, 2012
7:16 am

More outsourcing of American jobs

Mashed Potatos and gravy

August 24th, 2012
7:17 am

I have better idea Let NFL merge with CFL and play some games in there citys in canada n on days we play in canada we have to go bye there Rules and when they play in a NFL team arena stadium NFL rules apply….would you like see that better it would help CFL draw full house’s also …what about that folks anyone agrees are you all think i been near AJC writers to much!

Drew

August 24th, 2012
7:19 am

I think this is the dumbest thing I’ve heard this year.

Blue Fender

August 24th, 2012
7:21 am

As long as they do not have a “regional” description in their name used strictly for marketing (i.e. Carolina or New England), let them come. Call them the Limeys or Hooligans.

ZinoDawg

August 24th, 2012
7:22 am

Worst road trip ever for a team – Seattle @ London. Players would never put up with the extra travel.

Mashed Potatos and gravy

August 24th, 2012
7:24 am

Jacksonville is not move to London they be in LA in two years no fan base what ever only way sell out is cover half the seats in tarp///Like do at Oakland A’s in upper deck…However since i believe only way LA gets is if NFL expands with 2 new teams and expands to 18Game season then!

John, Ducktown

August 24th, 2012
7:25 am

I don’t see London getting a team. It would be a scheduling nightmare for the NFL on a weekly basis. The NFL already coordinates bye weeks with the teams when they go to London. With the 5-hour time zone change from the east coast, etc. and teams playing on a weekly basis, I just don’t see it happening.
And LA doesn’t necessarily have a problem holding an NFL team. My understanding is that the whole issue revolves around the amount of $ the NFL makes off of TV contracts due to LA NOT having teams. Because of the blackout rules the NFL implements, the NFL actually makes more money NOT having a team in LA than with a team in LA. LA is the country’s 2nd largest TV market, possibly the 1st depending on the day.
As we all know, if the Falcons have a home game at 1pm, then we don’t get the 1pm game on CBS, and we don’t get the 4pm game on Fox, only the 4pm game on CBS. That means the NFL is only showing 3 national games that day in Atlanta. The one game on Fox, the one game on CBS and the Sunday night game on NBC. In LA, the 1pm and 4pm games are shown every Sunday on Fox and CBS, couple that with the NBC night game and that’s 5 games shown nationally in the LA market. This generates gobs more TV revenue for the NFL and the networks in the LA market. This is probably way more than what the NFL would receive if there was a team in LA. The team makes the money off the tickets, the NFL makes more money off the TV contracts.
Kind of crazy, but it’s true.

Old Devil

August 24th, 2012
7:26 am

I think London “Calling” would be a good name. Or perhaps London “Hooligans”, because that’s what usually shows up for soccer matches…

Call It Like It Is

August 24th, 2012
7:31 am

The Limey’s

Jay in Loganville

August 24th, 2012
7:35 am

With 32 teams and talk of adding more the NFL should think about a promotion and relegation system between two leagues. Then you can have 60 teams, it will appeal to Europeans and you’ll have the added excitement of the bottom teams playing to avoid being relegated to the lower league.

Atlanta sports fan (I know, right?)

August 24th, 2012
7:44 am

London can have NFL when Atlanta gets EPL.

KM in Jax

August 24th, 2012
7:51 am

The London Silly Nannies.

Mike

August 24th, 2012
7:51 am

London Beefeaters.

whatever

August 24th, 2012
8:02 am

John..LA tv revenue has nothing to do with a team not being in LA. LA cannot keep a team because nobody goes to the games. Attendance was a joke! Zinodawg, if your butt was getting paid NFL $ you’d travel to China to play…what a moron. London would be a good choice, there
would be a strong fan base there.

sp

August 24th, 2012
8:03 am

@Mashed Pot..

“what about that folks anyone agrees are you all think i been near AJC writers to much!”

I don’t think you’ve ever been in the same room with a writer….

Fred ™

August 24th, 2012
8:13 am

May as well send the NFL overseas, we are sending all the other jobs and tax revenues overseas. Then the Republicans can band together with the rich billionaire owners and say, “See, if you had used tax payer money to build us 1 billion dollar stadiums every 5 years we MIGHT have stayed here.”

biscuit

August 24th, 2012
8:15 am

Another vote for ‘this sounds like a really hare-brained idea.’ Why not have a team on the moon? Pitch that idea, admen!

Boniface

August 24th, 2012
8:20 am

It’s a knucklehead move (London). Fine to play “showbiz”/exhibition games there. But putting an American football team in London, full-time, would be like “…hot ice and marvelous cold fire.”

John Bull

August 24th, 2012
8:22 am

The English Bulldogs

Tony Smith

August 24th, 2012
8:24 am

I think that 32 teams is a perfect number especially for ease of scheduling. The logistics of sending a team to London every other week and a London team to come to the United States would be a nightmare. It would be a mistake.

jarvis

August 24th, 2012
8:27 am

You want to see if they can support a single franchise, and you chose the Jags? Talk about stacking the deck against the Limeys.

Scheduling Terror

August 24th, 2012
8:32 am

Scheduling would be a NIGHTMARE! Think of how jetlagged teams are just going from east coast to west coast, let alone across the Atlantic. However if they did get a team, I concur with KM…London Silly Nannies will be just fine. (too much family guy…but the name fits. HA!)

dawgfan

August 24th, 2012
8:33 am

London is a better sports town than LA. People would go to the games, but this is a dumb idea just becasue of the travel logistics. It will never happen.

TS

August 24th, 2012
8:34 am

@ KM in LAX…LMAO….Jesus Tom Brady!!!…LOL

@ Michael…..Exactly!!!….They’re even trying to outsource professional sports teams now!!!….Americans don’t stand a chance against Globalization unless you’re already filthy rich!!!

LA needs a team, there’s a big demand out there for the NFL to return, but yet they’re considering London, a city that’s not even in America! I can think of a few other cities that can support a NFL franchise like Vegas, San Antonio, and Orlando just to name a few….COME ON NFL..STOP THIS!!!

Prince Charles

August 24th, 2012
8:35 am

I propose the name of the team to be the Yeoman Warders, with uniforms to match.

Glenn

August 24th, 2012
8:37 am

Its a neat concept but the NFL better make sure that market has staying power . I believe that the US market is saturated . Outside San Antonio and LA there really isn’t a market that can support a team. I would take London over Toronto which can’t support a Bills game & Mexico City where players would get kidnapped .

LOL , London Silly Nannies ….You could still call them the Jaguars you would just have to put a sports car on the helmet .

d

August 24th, 2012
8:39 am

Atlanta doesn’t have an NHL team because of lousy ownership, not lack of fans. I’m honestly surprised ASG hasn’t messed up and lost the Hawks too.

10Dawgs

August 24th, 2012
8:40 am

No, the days of naming a team after animals and Native Americans are over. We have to be politically correct to continue the wussy-ficaction of America. It is a dumb idea but if it comes true look for the London Fog or London Reign.

TS

August 24th, 2012
8:42 am

We can even partition to bring another NFL team to Georgia and throw it in Augusta, millions of people already travel there for the Masters. It neighbors South Carolina bringing in even more people, if small markets like Green Bay and Buffalo can support a NFL team why not Augusta???

Prince Charles

August 24th, 2012
8:42 am

Other potential names:
The Mini Coopers
The Queen’s Corgis
Shaken, Not Stirred
The Knights who say “NI”

10Dawgs

August 24th, 2012
8:45 am

@ TS. San Antonio and Vegas maybe, but Orlando?!? FOUR NFL teams in one state is a bit too much.

Soduk

August 24th, 2012
8:49 am

How about… “The Prince Harry Wieners?”

TS

August 24th, 2012
9:00 am

@10Dawgs…you’re right!!…didn’t think of that…but if NY city can support 2 NFL teams with a 3rd up state then Florida can support 4 teams spread through out the state

I think the Augusta idea can happen also….Georgia can support 2 teams….I think the state has more to offer than just Atlanta…Look at Augusta and Savannah

Hogan

August 24th, 2012
9:04 am

Flight time from London to San Diego: 15 hrs and 53 minutes. And their closest opponent, New York, is an 8 hour flight. So I ask ya, who the hell would want to play for London?

joe

August 24th, 2012
9:04 am

Bloody L’s (get it?)

ha

August 24th, 2012
9:04 am

Augusta and Savannah? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Thanks TS I needed that to brighten up my day.
Why dont we move the capital to blackshear and get wahala a professional baseball team while we are at it, or better yet get a hockey team and international airport for metter.
HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

ha

August 24th, 2012
9:06 am

Idea, lets move NASA to cumming and the CDC to Hiawassee.

ha

August 24th, 2012
9:06 am

And lets move the nuclear sub base to lake lanier.

Glenn

August 24th, 2012
9:07 am

@ TS

Its all about television revenue . That is footballs , college & the NFL’s , bread and butter . LOL , Augusta with an NFL team .

CobbGOPer

August 24th, 2012
9:08 am

Considering NFL players (and all pro athletes) would have to pay taxes in the UK for the money they make while playing there – either as a visiting team or as a player on the London team – I don’t think this is going to fly. Our taxes are bad enough, but to get double-taxed in some form by both the US and UK? Not bloody likely.

ha

August 24th, 2012
9:08 am

Nascar HQ to Midville, wait that is where it belongs anyway.

ha

August 24th, 2012
9:10 am

Rome!! we forgot Rome, now there is a NFL powerhouse in the making.