Marcedes Lewis: More London games would hurt the Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are already committed to playing one “home” game a year in London, and tight end Marcedes Lewis is on board with that. But if the Jaguars start playing two games a year in London, Lewis believes that would be a bad move.

Lewis told Mike Freeman of CBS that playing multiple games in London “would be highly stressful for a team. It would disrupt a big part of your season. There would be a competitive disadvantage for a team that did that. . . . [P]laying two games in London would be pretty rough for any team no matter what you try to do.”

If the Jaguars do start playing two games a year in London, it would likely be one “home” game and one “road” game, so in addition to giving up one of their home dates, the players would have to make a longer road trip than they otherwise would for one of their road dates. It’s possible, however, that the NFL could book Wembley Stadium for back-to-back Sundays and allow the Jaguars to stay in London for the week in between, and save them the trip.

But the reality is, the NFL is badly wants to grow its game overseas, and the league views regular games in London as the best way to accomplish that goal. And that’s not going to change just because some of the players who are forced to play there twice a year don’t like it.

44 responses to “Marcedes Lewis: More London games would hurt the Jaguars

  1. I’m sure the NFL could get Wembley Stadium to shuffle things around for them. I mean this isn’t Radio City Music Hall.

    Pip pip

  2. But the fans LOVE it.

    Regards,
    Roger Goodell & the rest of the money sucking owners

  3. an east coast team traveling to the UK is basically the same as a west coast team travelIng to east coast. not sure why there’s such a huge fuss over this

  4. Games overseas are stupid!

    Better the Jags than my Cowboys. I hope Dallas never plays a game over there!

  5. Interesting how the other kind of football has no problem sending teams different countries to play and it is the most popular sport in the world.

  6. Goodell isn’t that bright. NFL Europe failed for a reason. They consider soccer “the beautiful game” or wonderful, or some type of adjective that doesn’t apply to anything soccer related.

  7. I say send Roger Goodell over there for a few weeks and hook him up to a polygraph once he returns to the U.S. , then ask him if he would mind going twice within 16 weeks per year? Maybe if 52 other teammates of Mr.Lewis would speak up, this ridiculous notion of playing any games (let alone 2) in London will go the way of the dodo bird…

  8. If the Jags stayed in London for two weeks they’d be all lazy for the second week, half the team would have a traveler’s illness of some sort, someone would get arrested…it’s just a bad idea.

    If handled properly that second game could become a huge advantage for the Jags.

  9. It’s 2454 miles between Jax & Seattle, where the Jags only play every 8 years. It’s 4267 miles between Jax & London. So yes, it’s a lot longer flight to London than a cross-country trip.
    It’s unfair to stick the Jags with the responsibility of promoting the NFL in the UK. Have teams that are either going into or coming off their bye weeks play there.

  10. Last Time My Rams went over to London we lost by like 40 points. The NFL gives their “token” teams an easy W by putting on a show overseas. SMH

  11. “More London games and longer seasons won’t endanger any players or franchises.
    If anyone does happen to get hurt I can always dock another draft pick or issue a suspension to New Orleans and that should take care of the problem.”

    “Jacksonville is a proud franchise with a future Hall of Fame quarterback in ‘thegreatgabbert’.
    I look forward to more DUI’s and nightclub fights in the future”.

  12. When the Jags & their QB mark their territory over the pond so the speak…

    ….will they change the name to Westminster Gabbey?????

  13. Why are we going to London? NFL needs to work on the #2 U.S. market, Los Angeles.
    Maybe try 2 games a year there to generate more interest on getting a team to LA.

  14. If the NFL is serious about this, you would have to move at least two teams to the UK to start (or ideally 4 teams and either create a new division). I don’t see this ever becoming anything more than one time attraction type thing with a yearly game or two overseas. Without a local rivalry (or a “derby” if you put them both in the same city) or a new division with maybe one team in each of the United Kingdoms (Ireland, Scotland, England, & Wales) I don;t think it would work. No one will continue to support a team that only plays U.S. teams.

    Essentially it will continue to be like when you catch to EPL teams playing at a U.S. stadium over the summer – big crowd for the event, but could not be sustained.

  15. Well, lets’ see, before the London issue came up, before the Justin Blackmon issue came up, before the Maurice Jones Drew issue came up, and before Jason Babin underwent surgery, the oddsmakers had the Jaguars finishing DEAD LAST. With a bullet. Wonder where they pick them now?

  16. Once a team is firmly entrenched in dreary London, the league should look to St. Petersburg or Moscow. We’re always talking about building ties with the Russians, and WOW!!!!, what a connection that would be.

  17. This London thing is stupid. Any team that settles there is doomed to FAIL. Players will jump ship in Free Agency the minute it opens. The only guys who will willingly play there are Rookies-yr4 vets w/no FA rights, and fringe players looking to hang on for 1more yr. 0-16 WILL happen again, ye been warned.

  18. The owner of the Jaguars has said he is not playing 2 games over there. Why is this a story?

    What happens when a team relocates and has to play 8 games over there and makes the playoffs….as a home team. Can you say “discombubolated”.

  19. not much travel distance difference going from JAX to London or JAX to Oakland, SF or Seattle!

  20. Not hard to join the dots to see who’ll be coming over the pond to play the Vikes and Jags in 2014 – a marketing dream team of the Cowboys and Redskins seems a dead cert…

  21. bmoreravens1012013 says: I say send Roger Goodell over there for a few weeks and hook him up to a polygraph once he returns to the U.S. , then ask him if he would mind going twice within 16 weeks per year? Maybe if 52 other teammates of Mr.Lewis would speak up, this ridiculous notion of playing any games (let alone 2) in London will go the way of the dodo bird…

    ****************

    You’ve never actually been to London, have you?

  22. Surely if greedy Goodell is interested in this folly of forcing American football on the Brits, he would send a better team than the Jags (pronounced “Jag-U-Ares” in Britspeak). Nothing against the Jags or their fans, but the team just isn’t very good and not the best NFL representative for the NFL overseas.

  23. There’s a certain slice of NFL fans who get hysterical at the though of flying to London.

    They also ignore the fact that these players aren’t flying economy in cattle car airlines. They’re all flying 1st class in a private chartered jet. They get priority in being processed through the airports.

    It’s an entirely different flying experience than most people have.

    The UK fans are great. London is a very fun city to visit. There’s really nowhere near the issues that some people make out to be with going to the UK.

  24. “an east coast team traveling to the UK is basically the same as a west coast team travelIng to east coast. not sure why there’s such a huge fuss over this”

    and

    “not much travel distance difference going from JAX to London or JAX to Oakland, SF or Seattle!
    ————————————————————-
    Two interesting arguments.

    However:
    Jacksonville to Los Angeles…..2145 miles
    Jacksonville to Seattle…………..2454 miles
    Jacksonville to London ………..4266 miles

    Why let some silly facts get in the way?

  25. @jjb0811

    I just hope England doesn’t retaliate and send soccer games here for us to watch, what a boring game.

    _____________________________________

    Soccer is a Global Sport, I cannot stand it either, but I much prefer F1 over Nascar any day of the week!

  26. It’s all about taking the U.K. Market.. it’s like knowing that in 25 years your franchise will be the equivalent to the New York Yankees, where your name is synonymous with a city/county… It’s really brilliant, the market is huge and it’s all about the money. As a business man, it’s brilliant, as a purist it’s heartrendingly tragic

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