The NFL wants to return to London in 2011, but a work stoppage — even one that’s settled before the start of the regular season — could prevent that game from happening.
Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that NFL V.P. of International Business Chris Parsons says the logistics of putting together a game at Wembley Stadium require the league to know several months in advance that it will actually have a game to play.
“We are going through the preparation right now,” Parsons said. “We are working with the [NFL] scheduler to make sure if we do get the CBA done by a certain time that we will actually be able to execute that game. Normally we announce the game at this time of year, but we’ve chosen not to do that because of the uncertainty.”
The NFL thinks it’s making some headway in the United Kingdom: Games at Wembley have sold out, and the final numbers are expected to show that the U.K. ratings for this year’s Super Bowl will top last year’s, when a record 3.5 million people in the United Kingdom watched the game.
But that momentum may come to a screeching halt if there’s a work stoppage.