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NFL to send three games to London next year

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings play in the first quarter of their NFL football game at Wembley Stadium in London Reuters

The NFL continues to slowly add to the football inventory in London, announcing Tuesday there would be three games there next season, as was mentioned here on Sept. 29.

In addition to the usual suspect Jaguars, the Falcons and Raiders will also play “home games” there, with the dates and opponents to be announced later this year.

“Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game.”

Englanders got to enjoy a good game between bad teams already this year, with the Vikings and Steelers playing, with the Jaguars and 49ers playing there on Oct. 27.

Of course, it’s a logistical problem for the teams. For the Raiders, that will be over 10,000 miles round trip for a home game, but at least they won’t need tarps at Wembley Stadium.

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66 Responses to “NFL to send three games to London next year”
  1. pookienjookie says: Oct 8, 2013 2:56 PM

    They should be counted as road games for both teams

  2. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    Please allow me to be one of the first to say: YIPPPEEEEE!!!!

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 8, 2013 3:00 PM

    The Redskins > Everyone else. Period. #HTTR

  4. ninerrob52 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:01 PM

    I wonder if the Raiders will request a dirt infield at the 50 yard line.

  5. Go-Hawks! says: Oct 8, 2013 3:02 PM

    If England loves American football so much, maybe they should start their own league. This is our league. Get your own!

  6. saintsredwings says: Oct 8, 2013 3:04 PM

    Guess the Raiders got their new stadium

  7. bmoreravens1012013 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:05 PM

    Can we send Goodell to London since he and his ever greedy partners(owners) want to force others to go?

  8. silasbarnaby says: Oct 8, 2013 3:05 PM

    I’d be pissed if I was a season ticket holder to one of the home teams.

  9. allday28mvpmvp says: Oct 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Oct 8, 2013 3:00 PM

    The Redskins > Everyone else. Period. #HTTR

    ——-

    You would think if you cheered for a team as bad a the Skins, you wouldn’t want to put them on a pedestal, but rather hope they sneak in the playoffs and get hot at the right time….
    But no, good ole illogical continues pretending an average team is great

  10. onlythebest36 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:09 PM

    Roger must really like Fish and Chips.

  11. jayniner says: Oct 8, 2013 3:11 PM

    If the British like American Football so much, why don’t they do to their government what Americans did to their government in 1776….claim independence and start their own “NFL”? Oh wait, that’s right, NFL Europe FAILED!

    So now I can’t go see my 49ers on October 27th because they’ll be half way around the world putting on a clinic for Londoners against the Jag’s.

    …this is complete bowsheet!

  12. sickoe47 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:14 PM

    Why not send a game to LA to see how much support it really drums up,instead of force feeding it down the brits throat.it’s an american sport not like that other sport futbol.

  13. evilglazers666 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:16 PM

    Anything to hurt the USA economy huh? Local cities and businesses suffer, even though they fund stadiums for these Billionaires.

  14. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Oct 8, 2013 3:17 PM

    NFL Profit > NFL fans

  15. azarkhan says: Oct 8, 2013 3:18 PM

    Dumb.

  16. chefbob52355 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:21 PM

    Wonder how the NFL is going to compensate the revenue lost from the teams that consider London a home game.
    Or how about the season ticket holder losing out on a home game.

    This crap has to stop!

  17. bennyb82 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:23 PM

    I get that we are a capitalistic country and we aspire to find new ways to make revenue, but what happened to common sense. The football games in London feel so forced. It does not benefit the players or the fans. Roger probably would cut each game in half and play 32 games if he could…and then slowly start adding minutes to each game until there are 32 full length games! Plus a best of seven post season…

  18. themagicman1223 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:24 PM

    This is ridiculous, Goodell is ruining this league.

  19. calibear831 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:25 PM

    dk why but I have a feeling that the league is going to send the bay area bowl to London to avoid the catastrophe of 2 years ago. . .as a Raiders fan, that’s the home game I’m looking foward to the most next year!.

  20. theuglitruth says: Oct 8, 2013 3:27 PM

    The funny thing is…the real sports fans over in the UK & Europe think American Football is a joke! They laugh that we play in pads, have rules against big hits, and that its an overall field position game.

  21. bigbluefanuk says: Oct 8, 2013 3:27 PM

    As a Brit I’d be happy to send you man city vs Aston villa as compensation.

  22. obsessedvikingfan says: Oct 8, 2013 3:28 PM

    If you don’t like how the nfl is run, stop watching!!

    You know darn well if any of you whiners were billionaires you would do everything you could to make “MORE” money.

    Worse than those who vote instead of work for a living. You want it all but don’t want to work for it.

  23. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:28 PM

    STOP IT!!!!!

    Even for the Brits these games are nothing more than a novelty. I am a NorCal Niner Faithful through and through but I adamantly say,

    L.A BEFORE LONDON!!!!

  24. justwinbaby29 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:30 PM

    Don’t like it as a Raiders fan. Giving up a home game and HFA is the biggest reason. If the NFL is going to do it then every team (and that means Green Bay, Dallas, Giants) better give up one home game when it is their turn.

  25. stull60060 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:32 PM

    Hey whitecastleisafoodgroup. No fans, no profits. Don’t go to the games or watch the games on tv and the powers that be will listen. Otherwise no use complaining.

  26. logicalvoiceseys says: Oct 8, 2013 3:35 PM

    Send the Redskins to London.

    #changethename

  27. heehungweilo says: Oct 8, 2013 3:35 PM

    I can’t wait to see the RAIDER NATION congregate in London.

    On a very important side note, today is the anniversary death of the late great AL DAVIS.

    His presence is still clearly felt and very relevant via Terrelle Pryor, as he was his last pick before Al’s demise.

    The RAIDER NATION and the NFL (keep it real bitches) will ALWAYS be in debt with you Mr. Davis for the contributions that clearly changed the way the game is played and that we all love.

    R.I.P

    RAIDER NATION !

  28. mrlaloosh says: Oct 8, 2013 3:36 PM

    Nice to see the Falcons grouped in with the Raiders and Jaguars. Three worst franchises in America. Moe, Larry & Curley.

  29. chief67 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:37 PM

    Soon there will be a game in Wembley every week , Roger isn`t there enough money in the good old USA for ya .

  30. azjohnny says: Oct 8, 2013 3:39 PM

    I don’t have a problem with games being played outside the US as long as they are preseason. It’s not right teams lose a home game over this. If you are a season ticket holder would your season ticket be cheaper since you are only getting 7 regulate season home games

  31. ravens533 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:42 PM

    I thought the idea of one game a season in England was silly. But three games is ridiculous! The home fans want to watch their team at home games. If they want to play games in England, why not move the Pro Bowl there? Local business that count on home game income do not deserve to have that income taken away because of stupid NFL ideas. If the NFL wants more football in England, then put a team over there and then let them always be the home team and let other teams come to them on away games. The other thing about that England team is that any and all playoff games would have to be away games. That would require the NFL to better take responsibility for their expansion plans. So that means it will not happen.

  32. therolandobottom says: Oct 8, 2013 3:51 PM

    Goodell is about as honest as Bruce Jenners face.

  33. jjthesportsguy says: Oct 8, 2013 3:56 PM

    Man will I be disappointed if one of my home Packer games gets taken away. Just got my call last week and threw down my deposit on season tickets for next season.

  34. wecomefromthestars says: Oct 8, 2013 3:57 PM

    beware the Globalists.

    97% readers response: Whats a Globalist??

  35. lemonhead7 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:58 PM

    Unreal.. I only get a Steelers / Vikings game in Minny once a decade and missed that because of this dumb idea. Now I have to wait another decade for it to happen again. I feel awful for lifetime loyal fans that lose a home game to this greedy ridiculousness..

  36. pats4win says: Oct 8, 2013 4:09 PM

    I would hereby like to nominate the New Jersey Jets to be the team that moves to London on a full time basis.

  37. cospgsmadman says: Oct 8, 2013 4:09 PM

    NFL makes the fans pay full price for pre-season games so they can watch 8 home games in person. Now a home game half way around the world. Godell need to be recalled by the fans !

  38. trollhammer20 says: Oct 8, 2013 4:13 PM

    There are probably more than a few Falcon fans who are ready to ship the rest of the home schedule for this year overseas right about now…

  39. shadowcell says: Oct 8, 2013 4:13 PM

    Wish we could hear from some of those alleged British fans. I don’t buy the idea that Wembley selling out is a sign of deep-seated love of American football in the UK, rather than novelty and/or American expats. But people who live in the UK and aren’t speaking through the NFL mouthpiece would know.

  40. 2jivecrew says: Oct 8, 2013 4:15 PM

    I love it when Goodell’s statements about fan support in the UK directly contradict all those empty seats we saw during the telecast.

  41. dequan81 says: Oct 8, 2013 4:21 PM

    These comments are hilarious. Surprising how many people care if the NFL plays a game in London. Aren’t season ticket prices prorated to reflect that away “home” game? Why do you care if the NFL or (as you morons keep saying) Roger make more money from other markets? How does this affect your lazy Sunday afternoon watching the games? And, PFT has explained this, the NFL has explained this, the Bylaws explains this. But Roger works for the owners, so how are so many ignorant comments screaming that he’s out for more money. Again, why do you care if they are? And how is that a bad thing? Aren’t all of you out for more money? If not, you’re a loser or lying to yourself. I run an association based in VA focusing on an American business. Forecast show signs of decline over years, so we are building an infrastructure overseas to make more money. How is the NFL, the owner and the commish such bad people, to you, because they want more money? Grow up, folks.

  42. rcali says: Oct 8, 2013 4:24 PM

    Thanks a lot Greedell.
    – all the stadium workers who will be out of a paycheck.

  43. dalcow4 says: Oct 8, 2013 4:25 PM

    They will have to let the toilets clog up for a couple weeks in order for the Raiders to feel at home.

  44. dalcow4 says: Oct 8, 2013 4:27 PM

    Actually, if the Chargers play the Raiders there I think I will go.

  45. eaglefan94 says: Oct 8, 2013 4:38 PM

    I’m not much of a fan of the International Series and I don’t think it should even exist, but if it’s going to (and will) it would be cooler in my opinion if not every game was played in England. Maybe play one game in England every year and a different game in another country. One year, make it Germany. Next year, Ireland. Just a suggestion. I don’t think there should be more than two International Series games per year…

  46. fancyleague says: Oct 8, 2013 4:45 PM

    Goodell needs to resign. Now.

    If the NFL continues down this path of being more of a business than a national institutional, then I think Congress needs to start looking at the de facto antitrust exemption. Goodbye CBA.

  47. dasmol says: Oct 8, 2013 4:48 PM

    Will the Raiders be bringing their tarps?

  48. Iain says: Oct 8, 2013 4:50 PM

    This is great news. The games are always well attended in London and attract fans of all teams, primarily from the UK, but also people who travel and some ex-pats.

    Keep ‘em coming.

  49. radrntn says: Oct 8, 2013 4:55 PM

    They would be better off scheduling the Raiders game in Mexico City rather than all the way in London which is the 3rd largest city in the world with over 20 million people.

    What is really messed up by the nfl is they continaully make the Raiders travel the most in the NFL, repeatedly schedule 10am pst kick off for the raiders when on the east coast (5am wake up time, after flying cross country) , and now want them to fly over 5000 miles for a “home ” game….

    Why doesent the commish schedule his redskins, patriots, ravens or New York team (east coast) ….makes a lot more sense, but this commish makes no sense in anything.

  50. returntoexcellence says: Oct 8, 2013 4:58 PM

    Don’t worry Raiders fans… we’ll still get 8 home games. 7 in Oakland and 1 in San Diego…

  51. chiadam says: Oct 8, 2013 5:00 PM

    Keep pushing that bills hit about UK fans loving the games. Two of the three biggest newspapers in London didn’t even mention the game in their sports section. They care as much as we would if Man U did soccer things stateside.

  52. watchfullhose says: Oct 8, 2013 5:35 PM

    STOP THIS CRAP! Cities pay $ to build the league a damn stadium for 8 games a year and the league rewards them by moving games to LONDON. What a crock.

  53. zillabeast says: Oct 8, 2013 5:47 PM

    Given the recent history of violence at Raiders-49ers matchups, it would not surprise me at all if the NFL exported that game overseas next year.

  54. xxxfixxxerxxx says: Oct 8, 2013 6:09 PM

    Greed is bad.

  55. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Oct 8, 2013 6:15 PM

    stull60060 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:32 PM

    Hey whitecastleisafoodgroup. No fans, no profits. Don’t go to the games or watch the games on tv and the powers that be will listen. Otherwise no use complaining.

    —————————————————

    I dumped the NFL Channel along with cable all together before the season started and am getting free HD TV over-the-air.

    That means I’m not paying for TV. Not paying for the NFL Channel. Not paying for ESPN. Not paying for watching my local Chicago teams. None of my money is going to the NFL from watching games.

    I’ll complain when I feel like it. ‘Merica!

  56. selbyrj82 says: Oct 8, 2013 6:18 PM

    Ugh

  57. ravensfan19 says: Oct 8, 2013 6:20 PM

    As a UK fan, I think the game is a big as its going to get over here, Its about 5th/6th Most popular sport, it will never compete with Soccer, Rugby, Cricket. Many of fans who come to games come from all over Europe. So the idea of a London team is a Joke, it will never be popular enough for that. So while I happy we get to see 2/3 games over here, I can fully understand those unhappy because its unfair to lose a home for really both teams and to those who are season ticket holders. This just a Money move for Goodell.

  58. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 8, 2013 6:24 PM

    If they enjoyed the Viking – Steeler battle of winless teams, imagine how they’ll enjoy real football.

  59. abgtcb says: Oct 8, 2013 8:10 PM

    Did you know the largest crowd in a NFL game, was in Mexico city over 110,000 probably half of what the Jags put in a whole season.

  60. dillpx183 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:36 PM

    only way this stops if everyone here stops watching to games in London. NFL makes their money from TV and sponsors, so if they are unhappy because people aren’t watching then the plug will get pulled and only then. but that’s not going to happen so get used to this crap

  61. packerpride03 says: Oct 8, 2013 8:43 PM

    To me this is complete BS. I’m a packers fan living in California. My dad is a raider season ticket holder. So let’s just say it was a year that the pack played in oak town, we would get screwed out of seeing the pack play the raiders here. They only come around once every eight years. This is compete bs. This goes for every team that has to play a home game. Need to worry about putting fans in the seats at home not in the UK

  62. 2jivecrew says: Oct 8, 2013 10:37 PM

    These comments are hilarious. Surprising how many people care if the NFL plays a game in London. Aren’t season ticket prices prorated to reflect that away “home” game? Why do you care if the NFL or (as you morons keep saying) Roger make more money from other markets? How does this affect your lazy Sunday afternoon watching the games? And, PFT has explained this, the NFL has explained this, the Bylaws explains this. But Roger works for the owners, so how are so many ignorant comments screaming that he’s out for more money. Again, why do you care if they are? And how is that a bad thing? Aren’t all of you out for more money? If not, you’re a loser or lying to yourself. I run an association based in VA focusing on an American business. Forecast show signs of decline over years, so we are building an infrastructure overseas to make more money. How is the NFL, the owner and the commish such bad people, to you, because they want more money? Grow up, folks.
    ——————–

    Maybe people are upset that taxpayers are getting bled to pay for new stadiums while our government struggles to pay the bills so the billionaire owners can play less games in them while spending next to none of their own money. Watch, next the NFL will demand the UK taxpayers fund a football-only stadium so these owners can make more money without actually risking any of their own. Maybe they’re upset that The NFL enjoys the ridiculous status as a tax-exempt “non-profit” while they rack up profits in the billions.

    Greed didn’t work out so well for Gordon Gecko, and it will eventually bring down the NFL as well. There comes a time when you ask “how much is enough?”.

    And I love how people like you label people that don’t base the meaning of their lives on the accumulation of money as losers. Guess what? You probably have more money than me, but i’m damn sure I live a happier life than you that’ll have far more meaning for me when i’m on my death bed and reflecting on my life. I won’t be thinking about my portfolio because you can’t take it with you. And your portfolio won’t be there to hold your hand at the end and make you feel loved. YOU are the loser in this scenario. And the sad thing is that by the time you have that realization, it’ll be too late for you. You’ll have wasted all of your time chasing paper. Bravo.

  63. bizzyb559 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:44 PM

    dumb

  64. hogwildbarbeque says: Oct 9, 2013 12:08 PM

    Man…only here would a story about teams playing in London would there be a shot taken at the Raiders. Any chance they get…no matter how far they have to go…they always get a shot in.

  65. wecomefromthestars says: Oct 9, 2013 12:15 PM

    @ 2jivecrew…. BRAVO sir. Post of the year.

    Money worship only leads to destruction. I subscribe to no religion, but we are certainly living in the reincarnation of Babylon.

  66. northshorejag says: Oct 9, 2013 2:49 PM

    Englanders?

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