NFL tells UK fans to get ready for London game


In another sign that the NFL expects to have a deal in place to end the lockout soon, the league is stepping up its efforts to sell tickets to the October 23 Bears-Bucs game at Wembley Stadium in London.

The league has previously said that if a deal isn’t done by August 1, the London game will be moved to Tampa. But today the NFL’s UK office sent an e-mail to local fans suggesting that a deal is close and urging them to buy their tickets to the Wembley Stadium game now.

“Negotiating teams from the NFL owners and players will resume talks aimed at getting a new Collective Bargaining Agreement agreed, which would end the four-month labour dispute and guarantee a fifth consecutive International Series game at Wembley Stadium,” said the e-mail, which was forwarded to PFT by a UK reader. “NFL General Counsel Jeff Pash says: ‘The principals have done their jobs, the commissioner [Roger Goodell] and Mr [DeMaurice] Smith, and the owners and players have done their work. Now it’s up to us to get things properly documented, identify any remaining points that need to be cleared up and keep driving this process toward a conclusion.”

The NFL’s decision to tell British fans to expect the game is good news for everyone who wants to see the lockout come to an end soon. And bad news only for the players who hate having to travel to London during the season.

32 responses to “NFL tells UK fans to get ready for London game

  1. I was hoping they would move this game back to Tampa. Nothing against the game in London. Just hate losing a home game for the second time in a few years. I hope the Gazers aren’t going to try and move the team there. Wouldn’t surprise me though.

  2. I hate international NFL games. Had the players lobbied for no London, Canadian, or Mexican games I would have supported them on that point alone.

  3. According to Jeremy Shockey, too. He’s being told the deal will be officially completed on Thursday and that he’s told to Charlotte for a three day camp.

    Now I can fully look at the week 1 schedule and know there will definitely be football this year.

    Boy there are some doozies;

    Boys/Jets – SNF
    Pack/Saints- Thurs Night
    Giants/Skins on….9/11


  4. @deadeye

    I’ve started to hate ’em too and I’m from England. I just don’t think it’s fair to expect a team to travel 10,000 miles to play a HOME game (in other words, the Bucs will only have 7 games in Tampa this year).

    It was much better when the teams game up an away game to come here and one was designated the home team for the event (as was the case when the Bucs last came here in 2009 to play the Pats).

  5. @thephantomstranger:

    “Throw another shrimp on the barbie, guv’nor!”

    You might be the phantom, but we now know where not to look for you. England or Australia.

  6. Would they stop it already with these ridiculous overseas games!!?? How money hungry is this league??? Goodell would sell his mother for a buck!

  7. I’m happy my team isn’t playing overseas. It sucks for the players, sucks for the fans losing a home game and sucks for the stadium workers who get one less day of work. Goodell works so hard to take away fun from the average fan.

    Hey LondonBengal,

    “Thats’ fine. Stop calling the Superbowl winners ‘World Champions’ then…….”

    Why? Is there a better football team out there than the SB Champion? Does playing in London somehow certify being World Champion? Is the MLB and the NBA exempt from this because they play “internationally” (Toronto, where an actual team in their sport exists).

  8. And of course the NFL doesn’t really care about UK fans, or any other fans, and what they actually meant was “get your checkbook ready.”

    And how many overseas games have to be played until it becomes the International Football League?

  9. Funny, but remember a country that supported five NFL Europe teams better than England supported one.

    Of course the American business partners are all in London, so Germany will never see a NFL game.

    It is about money, not about the game or the fans that support it.

  10. “And how many overseas games have to be played until it becomes the International Football League?”

    For as long as Goodell is in charge, probably not long.

    I’m bracing myself for when he starts going on about a London franchise again just like he’s done during the build-up to the last 4 IS games…

    Memo to Goodell: Shut up, you wanker

  11. The international games are wrong in so many ways, it’s not even funny:

    1. It robs a team of its home game
    2. It robs that particular city of important revenue, jobs, etc.
    3. It places an extraordinary demand on the players in terms of travel, preparation, etc.
    4. It’s clearly the beginning of a slippery slope towards outsourcing/expanding the NFL into broader international markets — eventually, this will destroy the essential AMERICAN indentity of the game, take revenue from our teams and our country, and ship it all overseas
    (How does the MNF match-up of the Mexico City Banditos vs. the Tokyo Kamikazes sound to YOU?)
    5. Increased pressure for international games means pressure to alter traditional NFL schedules
    6. And expansion teams means watering down the talent level
    7. Or worse, if not expansion teams, then REPLACEMENT teams! You think it hurts when a team like the Baltimore Colts gets shipped out in the middle of the night to another state, imagine how it might feel when it goes to another COUNTRY!

    Anyway, international games are stupid. Blatant pandering…and a dangerous slippery slope that is NOT good for American football. As usual, greed & profit motives are driving it, rather than what’s in the best interest of the game as we all know & love it.

  12. londonbengal says: Jul 19, 2011 11:36 AM

    @ ‘thephantonstranger’ says “throw another shrimp on the barbie, guv’nor”……..

    I thought the game was in England not Australia……


    Apparently, we need to export sarcasm across the pond.

  13. Hey LB, are you the same long lost tattooed PhD London Bengal with the twin b(r)other who’s a browns fan? (and how ironic is that?)

    If so, we sure miss you at the pbsjungle dot com!!!

  14. “Thats’ fine. Stop calling the Superbowl winners ‘World Champions’ then…….”


    When did I ever call the Super Bowl champs “World Champions”? You are mixing me up with someone else.

  15. Prior to this CBA mess, I used to think the NFL didn’t like its european fans.

    Now I realise they don’t like their fans in the states either………

  16. @ deadeye……I wasn’t sayin’ that you specifically made that statement man; just as soon as the Superbowl is won, they break-out the ‘World Champions’ hats.

    Just seems a little ironic IMO to call the NFL champs the ‘World Champs’ if there is not much international aspect to the game.

    If 16 games a year were neutral international fixtures, then that brings more validity to being called ‘World Champs’.

    Just my view…………

  17. @ ‘deweyaxewound’

    I understand why you don’t want to ‘export’ NFL games…….thats fine……but then stop trying to sell me American burgers, movies, cars, software, airline tickets etc, etc.

    America can’t reasonably expect to ‘export’ its popular culture worldwide, and then moan when overseas countries want to buy it.

  18. @londonbengal,

    I’m not trying to sell you anything, not anymore than YOU’RE (personally) trying to jam the Oasis, soccer, that un-funny d-bag Russell Brand, or steak & kidney pies down MY throat…

    See how ridiculous it sounds?

    As consumers in “free” countries, we can choose w(ever)tf we want, right?

    I just don’t want the NFL as we know and love it destroyed (especially in the name of profit & greed — that’s even worse than doing it in the name of “safety”).

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