Every time games in London grow closer on the schedule, certain fan bases worry that they’re about to lose their team to England for good.
But a league official said that move “clearly” isn’t imminent, for any team.
Chris Parsons, the league’s senior vice president for international business, said they’re still working to grow the fan base in London, and this year’s two games were virtual sellouts within two weeks.
“We’d like to continue to grow our fan base even more aggressively,” Parsons told Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “And whether that’s doubling it from where it is today – I’m not entirely sure what the exact number is – I certainly would want us to be even bigger in the UK before we made a move like that, which clearly wouldn’t be something that would happen in the near term.”
The first of the games is coming up, as the Vikings “host” the Steelers on Sept. 29, while the Jaguars have a home game against the 49ers on Oct. 27.
Both games will be held in iconic Wembley Stadium, which holds 84,500 for football.
The Jaguars have been viewed as the leading candidate for relocation, but future plans might involve them playing a home and a road game there, which wouldn’t hack 25 percent off the season ticket inventory for the other fan base Shad Khan is trying to grow.