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Possible London Super Bowl raises serious logistical question


The article making reference to the plausible possibility of an NFL moving to London also mentions the unrealistic scenario in which a Super Bowl would be exported to Wembley Stadium.

Sure, the folks in England would love to host a Super Bowl.  And some in the NFL may think that sending the league’s premier event overseas would be the best way to spread the virus beyond our borders.

But there’s a serious problem that needs to be mentioned whenever “Super Bowl” and “London” appear in the same sentence:  The time difference.

The NFL kicks off the game after 6:00 p.m. ET.  That means the Super Bowl would begin at after 11:00 p.m. local time, and that it would last until 3:00 a.m. local time, or possibly later.

For that same reason, a team sent to London could never host a prime-time game on Thursday, Sunday, or Monday.  Playoff games would also have to be scheduled accordingly.

That’s the tip of the iceberg as it relates to the issues that would flow from putting a team in London on a full-time basis.  At most, we can envision a split U.S./U.K. schedule, maybe for a pair of teams.  When it comes to moving a team to England for every home game, competitive balance could quickly be thrown out of whack.

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28 Responses to “Possible London Super Bowl raises serious logistical question”
  1. r8rsfan says: Sep 24, 2013 2:24 PM

    What is the source of Goodell’s unwavering loyalty to London? Is the money THAT great?

  2. prosportswashington says: Sep 24, 2013 2:25 PM

    I’m British, and I think having the superbowl here would be an awful Idea, nor do I want a London franchise!

  3. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 24, 2013 2:30 PM

    If they put the Super Bowl in London before allowing every other NFL stadium to have it first, I will boycott the NFL forever. That is just ridiculous. England care less about American football as much as Americans care less about English soccer.

  4. k113rd says: Sep 24, 2013 2:32 PM

    prosportswashington says: Sep 24, 2013 2:25 PM

    I’m British, and I think having the superbowl here would be an awful Idea, nor do I want a London franchise!

    You’re obviously NOT an American Football fan.

  5. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Sep 24, 2013 2:34 PM

    So are you saying that putting a team in London might not be such a great idea after all?!?!?!

  6. nyg201 says: Sep 24, 2013 2:38 PM

    The NFL doesn’t care about the fans it doesn’t care about player saftey. The NFL only cares about how much more money it can make.

  7. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 24, 2013 2:39 PM

    Time for Plan B: Implement a 25-game schedule. Perfect!!!

  8. daysend564 says: Sep 24, 2013 2:40 PM

    We’d never have to watch them on Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night. Game time would start at 1:30 AM local time.

  9. prosportswashington says: Sep 24, 2013 2:41 PM

    Playing a superbowl here in the UK or giving London an NFL franchise would be a slap in the face to every American who paid for an NFL ticket or jersey

  10. athwartships says: Sep 24, 2013 2:41 PM

    Someone buy Goodell a globe….stat!!

  11. coltzfan166 says: Sep 24, 2013 2:43 PM

    Plus, what are we saying about our country if our favorite sports event doesn’t even take place here?

  12. halbert53 says: Sep 24, 2013 2:48 PM

    And put it…

  13. shackdelrio says: Sep 24, 2013 2:49 PM

    So Goodell will be taking the economic impact (estimated 300-400 million dollars) generated from the Super Bowl away from an American city? Well done commish.

  14. vdogg says: Sep 24, 2013 2:49 PM

    Great idea…take the biggest money grossing, most watched event in America and give it to another country.

  15. ctiggs says: Sep 24, 2013 2:57 PM

    some in the NFL may think that sending the league’s premier event overseas

    *The country’s Premier event

  16. tjules21 says: Sep 24, 2013 3:05 PM

    They would have to play the game 9:00 PM LON time, 4:00 PM EST. You can’t start a game at 11:00 PM local time. You’re not going to get the highest level of play. You’re already asking the players to travel thousands of miles to another country and then you ask them to play at a time of night when their bodies are used to going to sleep.

    I really hate the idea for many reasons. Every day, I have to deal with time zone differences working with an international company (7:00 AM calls with Singapore, trying to get a hold of the UK crew before they go home, etc.). I don’t want to have to worry about it for my Super Bowl!

    Bad idea. Don’t do it.

  17. 302baller says: Sep 24, 2013 3:09 PM

    Dumb, Dumb & Dumb. Where do 99.9% of our fans live!?

  18. pftstory says: Sep 24, 2013 3:11 PM

    The NFL does just fine without a team in London. Just as it does without a team in LA.

    But how about we make sure the American cities that want a franchise are addressed before we go overseas? (Not saying give a team to every city that wants one, Saying a viable US city should get a team before London)

  19. doe22us says: Sep 24, 2013 3:15 PM

    The pound is stronger than the dollar.. yeah this is getting ridiculous with these overseas games.

  20. baily67 says: Sep 24, 2013 3:18 PM

    Goodell is a putz. all he thinks about is $

  21. ickky says: Sep 24, 2013 3:18 PM

    Godell should go to London, and start a Euro league.
    Leave the NFL to ‘Merica

  22. leroyquimby says: Sep 24, 2013 3:43 PM

    The game would have to be shown on tape delay like the Olympics that were just held in the same city. Isn’t this time/travel issue pretty obvious to anything related to the NFL in London?
    They can’t even play the game in LA or Vegas, let alone London.

  23. brockkraft says: Sep 24, 2013 3:54 PM

    Here’s a crazy idea…why not have the Pro Bowl in London. That way the London fans could see all the All Stars, and an American city wouldn’t miss out on hosting the Super Bowl. Factor in the fact that nobody in America cares one bit about the Pro Bowl, it could be a way to breathe some new life into it with very little blowback for doing so. Also the players voted in would get an overseas Vacation which would be a nice incentive to go and play in the game

  24. leanback360 says: Sep 24, 2013 4:05 PM

    I’m a huge NFL fan living in England (I’m English too btw), but seriously come on! I love having two games a year, happy to have a few more, but there is no way we should have a Super Bowl here, a playoff game at most, but no way a SB. This type of thinking, well….. It’s just not cricket

  25. steaderic says: Sep 24, 2013 4:11 PM

    I believe the premise of this article is wrong. Why would you play at a different time? The American fans will be in front of their TVs, the players and coaches are condiditioned to play in that timeframe anyway. The only difficulty will be for the locals in the stands. And seriously, who cares if they sleep through it as long as they bought a ticket.

  26. justwinbaby29 says: Sep 24, 2013 6:16 PM

    I think it’s a stupid idea to have a Super Bowl in London.

    If they did do it I’d guess the game would start at 9:20pm in London, 4:20pm in the east, 1:20pm in the west. No other option with the time really.

  27. ravensfan8780 says: Sep 24, 2013 8:13 PM

    That’s a bunch of crap, I mean it’s bad enough the Super Bowl is already reserved for domes and warm weather cities. Hopefully NY/NJ pulls off this Super Bowl this year so maybe other franchises and cities can profit off the Super Bowl coming to their cities. A London Super Bowl would be a slap in the face to fans everywhere.

  28. jgedgar70 says: Sep 25, 2013 9:58 AM

    tjules21 says:
    Sep 24, 2013 3:05 PM
    They would have to play the game 9:00 PM LON time, 4:00 PM EST. You can’t start a game at 11:00 PM local time.
    And that’s what makes this such a terrible idea – they WOULD start the game at 11:00 PM London time. All the networks would demand it, because starting the game any earlier would offend the people in LA. That’s why World Series and NBA Finals games end at midnight. We can’t offend the LA market by starting games before PST prime time begins. Yeah, just about everyone has a DVR these days and you can start watching a game 2 hours late and be caught up with the live broadcast easily. But that’s the way it’s been done before, so we have to keep doing it!!!!!!!!

    Knucklehead idea, conceived by Godell, a knucklehead.

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