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League says reports of two England games in 2010 are premature

Multiple members of PFT Planet residing on the other side of the Pond tell us that NFL UK Managing Director Alistair Kirkwood said today that the league definitely will be exporting two 2010 regular-season games to England.

The comments apparently came during a BBC Radio 5 live appearance by Kirkwood at halftime of the broadcast of the Redskins-Raiders game.

We’re specifically told that Kirkwood said two teams already have agreed to give up home games next year.  The candidates, in our view, would be teams having trouble selling out their stadiums in 2009; the Jags, Lions, Raiders, Bengals, and Cardinals would be at the top of that list.  Two other teams that have struggled at times to sell tickets — the Buccaneers and Dolphins — already have played home games in London.  The Chargers, who regularly need extensions to sell all non-premium tickets, have played in England as a visiting team.

Amid this new report, however, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says no decision has been made regarding the possibility of expanding the English portion of the schedule.

“We’ve been saying for quite some time that we are considering playing two games in London next season,” Aiello said via e-mail, “but nothing has been scheduled yet.”

Aiello also said it would be “premature” to discuss whether any teams have offered to sacrifice a home game in exchange for the revenue that comes from playing before a packed house in England.

Still, we’d be shocked if it doesn’t happen.  And we think that, given Jacksonville’s inability to fill its stadium for big games, it’s high time for the world to meet the “London Shaguars.”

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8 Responses to “League says reports of two England games in 2010 are premature”
  1. Iain says: Dec 13, 2009 7:10 PM

    “London Shaguars.”
    Presumably to be owned by Tiger Woods?

  2. The Real Shuxion says: Dec 13, 2009 7:13 PM

    And we think that, given Jacksonville’s inability to fill its stadium for big games, it’s high time for the world to meet the “London Shaguars.”
    —————————————————–
    Stop trying so hard Mike. If you have to reach, the joke will probably suck.

  3. SuzyKolberIsAwesome says: Dec 13, 2009 7:26 PM

    they want to play more games over in London, England, but the stadium in Miami isn’t good enough to host more Super Bowls, unless major finacial upgrade$ are made to the stadium…WHAT”S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE???

  4. MkePackFan says: Dec 13, 2009 7:43 PM

    Can we trade England the Lions, Browns, and Raiders for Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal maybe?
    Actually, that’s an unbalanced trade.
    I’ll trade those teams for Wigan, Hull, and Stoke City though.

  5. DJSlyBri says: Dec 13, 2009 7:53 PM

    Premature? Means it is happening.
    Eagles-Jaguars in London for sure. Take it to the bank. Here’s why:
    1 – Jaguars inability to sell out
    2 – It is FOX’s turn to show the game. With NFC as road team to AFC team, that matches
    3 – Eagles have a nice following in England and it is a chance to pull out that famous picture of Princess Diana in an Eagles jacket
    4 – A chance to honor Gizmo Williams.
    (OK, I made the last one up)

  6. penguininbondage says: Dec 13, 2009 7:56 PM

    Redskins-Raiders. Shit, they’ll ban the sport after that display.

  7. danlinker says: Dec 14, 2009 11:10 AM

    What a surprise. Florio wrote this and not one of his cronies?
    Here’s all that matters in his article;
    “Amid this new report, however, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says no decision has been made regarding the possibility of expanding the English portion of the schedule.
    We’ve been saying for quite some time that we are considering playing two games in London next season,” Aiello said via e-mail, “but nothing has been scheduled yet.”
    In other words, there’s nothing to this. Just like the writer.

  8. 1nationraidernation says: Dec 14, 2009 2:22 PM

    and you expect me to pay for two pre-season games, so a regular season game can be played in the UK.
    Then again I am only buying season tickets next year if Gruden is back

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