As the NFL prepares for its third regular-season game at Wembley Stadium (this one is a possible snooze-a-rama between one of the best teams in the league and one of the very worst), many NFL fans want to know where this is all headed.
By next year, the league might play two games in London. By 2012, the number could move to four.
So what’s the end game? NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says that the league has “tremendous interest” in placing a team in London.
As a commenter recently suggested in response to one of our stories regarding the NFL’s possible English beat, why would the league put a team in Wembley Stadium when some of the venues in the U.S.A. aren’t selling out?
But, frankly, that might be the best case for moving a team to another country. If the league has reached the saturation point in its home country, it makes sense to grow the pie beyond our borders. And if teams like the Jaguars and the Bucs will consistently be drawing only 40,000 fans and change to home games, why not move one of them to Los Angeles and the other to London?
Another commenter several weeks back pointed out that the best candidate for relocation to Wembley Stadium would be the franchise that currently resides in Jacksonville, if for not other reason than the team name would, with slight modification, be perfect for its new home.
The London Shaguars.