Though the league consistently has disputed rumors and reports that a Super Bowl someday will be played in London, Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledges that, in time, a franchise might be stationed there on a full-time basis.
Goodell reiterated that possibility during a Tuesday appearance on The Dan Patrick Show.
“It’s realistic to me that we would play multiple games in London, regular-season games, maybe as early as next year,” Goodell said. “And if that continues to have the same kind of reaction, a team playing in London on a regular basis is a real possibility.”
And if that happens — if a team moves to London — the folks in London would necessarily have the ability to bid on hosting a Super Bowl. Indeed, it’s not unreasonable to assume that, given the climate in England, a new stadium with a retractable roof (and a massive “telly” hovouring at least 30 meters from the pitch) would be necessary. As is the custom in the U.S., the promise of a Super Bowl would then be used as the carrot to help secure partial or complete public financing of the structure.
So if a team eventually moves to London, count on a Super Bowl eventually being exported there, too.