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Weather could be a major issue for London game

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As the NFL prepares to stage its second regular-season game of the season in London, an irregular weather event could impact the game.

Via BBC News, a storm system due to hit England on Sunday night and Monday carries with it a risk of heavy rain, falling trees, building damage, and wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour.

England’s Met Office has issued yellow (lowest level of three) and amber (second level) warnings throughout Southern England for Sunday.

The 49ers and Jaguars will play at Wembley Stadium in London at 5:00 p.m. local time. 

Regardless of the potential impact of the storm on the game, it could delay the efforts of the teams and league personnel to leave London.

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  1. kd75 says: Oct 26, 2013 3:30 PM

    Wow. I hope there aren’t any trees planted at the 50 yard line inside Wembly Stadium…That could cause a problem.

    It rains every day in London.

  2. seatownballers says: Oct 26, 2013 3:33 PM

    Imagine gusts of wind making throws impossible. If this costs the niners the game, the public will be outraged.

    Sorry Goodell, but this playing games abroad idea stinks

  3. nflpoker says: Oct 26, 2013 3:33 PM

    Weather is not the problem, it is the eventual watering down of the product. “BLIMY”

  4. Getoffmylawn! says: Oct 26, 2013 3:36 PM

    Let them play Thursdays in London!

  5. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Oct 26, 2013 3:38 PM

    I am a Meteorologist and I know that it is usually an issue.. rainy, windy and cool

  6. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 26, 2013 3:38 PM

    Travel/timezones would be the biggest issue. Every week someone would be at a disadvantage.

  7. madczyk says: Oct 26, 2013 3:39 PM

    Just another reason why putting a franchise there is a bad idea…If the bus breaks down or bad weather happens for say I don’t know, the Giants, on there way back from Baltimore, big deal, you might lose a day of practice. If bad weather delays a flight from London, its like losing at least two days because of the distance needed to travel and jet lag and so on. Having your bye week after coming back 300 or 1000 miles is not the same as 3000. Oh yea and the weather in the late fall/early winter is so awesome in England…said no-one ever.

  8. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 26, 2013 3:43 PM

    The National International Football League.

  9. firerogergoodellnow says: Oct 26, 2013 3:52 PM

    What a great idea Goodell!! You need to go!!!

  10. britishraven says: Oct 26, 2013 3:52 PM

    Overstated issue. The hyperbole over this storm has all but disappeared in the past two days. Yeh; it might rain a little but that’s not a problem. Wembley is a huge enclosed stadium, wind gusts won’t have anywhere near they affect they’d have in Seattle or Pittsburgh.

  11. ajpnsf says: Oct 26, 2013 3:59 PM

    Blah blah whine whine rain snow delay blah whine snivel.

  12. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 26, 2013 4:01 PM

    Steelers (10-6) 2013 NFL Champions

    7 rings

  13. bcajun says: Oct 26, 2013 4:02 PM


  14. quizguy66 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:03 PM

    This will surely hamper the Jaguars Juggernaut Offense

  15. blueberrymuffin11 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:05 PM

    I hate London games.

  16. johnyjags says: Oct 26, 2013 4:06 PM

    That’s why all teams get bye weeks following their trip to London

  17. fansinceshea says: Oct 26, 2013 4:11 PM

    Glad we only sent one team to London

  18. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Oct 26, 2013 4:13 PM


  19. gdeli says: Oct 26, 2013 4:14 PM

    Josh Freeman’s throws would have been 30 feet over or 30 feet wide of the target! Ridiculous! Spielman has to be held accountable along with Leslie.

  20. pfic15 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:20 PM

    Goodell is a David Stern wannabe…

  21. kd75 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:22 PM

    Bad weather, Bad food, Worse teeth.

    Its like the whole country thinks Fish & Chips is toothpaste.

  22. beedubyatoo says: Oct 26, 2013 4:23 PM

    Imagine gusts of wind making throws impossible. If this costs the niners the game, the public will be outraged.
    Only the 9 er’s fans will be outraged. The rest of us are big Jags fans this weekend.

  23. msclemons67 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:23 PM

    Blaine Gabbert throwing passes in high winds.

    Cornerbacks all over the NFL just started salivating.

  24. natijim235 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:23 PM

    LA Rams and London Jaquars

  25. chawk12thman says: Oct 26, 2013 4:27 PM

    They can contnue to play overseas after they get the stadium’s covered……

  26. turbo2728 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:31 PM

    Wembley has a roof…

  27. harrycanyon says: Oct 26, 2013 4:35 PM

    Up untill the last couple of year when the whole world turned into a bunch of wimps, weather was of no concern for football. Already this year we have had delays that would not have happened in the past. Classic games like the Ice Bowl would never be played these days. Shame. I hope the weather is horrible for this game in London, if nothing more than to make them rethink these novelty games over there.

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:35 PM

    Wow its not like, you know, they never have bad weather at any of the open air US stadiums or anything. Imagine that other parts of the world sometimes have bad weather too, what a concept.

    And the change in time zones and travel is a lot easier to deal with when you’re flying first class in a private jet. The flight to Europe is no big deal anyway. I’ve done it quite a few times over the years.

  29. dctb1 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:39 PM

    I hear the weather in Seattle is always perfect. And there are no such things as Nor’Easters.

    This is not an issue.

  30. keylimelight says: Oct 26, 2013 4:42 PM

    This weather event will be a great bargaining chip, down the road, for when the NFL wants to strong-arm London into building a new stadium with a dome. So there’s that.

  31. saintsredwings says: Oct 26, 2013 4:42 PM

    If Goodell wants to globalize the game then have more games in Canada or Mexico.

  32. obmig says: Oct 26, 2013 4:47 PM

    If you were ever going to try and make a killing by betting on the Jags to cover the spread 80 mph wind could be good enough reason to try it this week.

  33. gooch2011 says: Oct 26, 2013 4:55 PM

    But the most important thing to the NFL will go on…they will make money by having the game in London whether the product is good or not.

  34. 1910nuffsaid says: Oct 26, 2013 4:57 PM

    If the Jags move to London full time, would they still play in the AFC south??

  35. notdemfalcons says: Oct 26, 2013 5:01 PM

    seatownballers says: Oct 26, 2013 3:33 PM

    Imagine gusts of wind making throws impossible. If this costs the niners the game, the public will be outraged.

    Sorry Goodell, but this playing games abroad idea stinks


    No less outraged than “the public” was after the Fail Mary. C’mon man.

  36. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 26, 2013 5:11 PM

    So a London team would have to travel 8 times a season to play somewhere in the U.S…

    Yeah that makes sense! Players would be toast by mid season.

    Leave my NFL all alone Goodall!!

  37. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 26, 2013 5:18 PM

    History shows empires faulter when they greedily overreach themselves….

    Just for fun – It would be cool though if because of London somehow 49ers were upset by Jags….

  38. adderal says: Oct 26, 2013 5:21 PM

    they would have a hell of a time convincing free agents to go there. same tax issues as canada. if he wants a global NFL then prop up the world league again.

  39. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 26, 2013 5:35 PM

    Goodall is an example of why capitalism can stink!

  40. randomcommenter says: Oct 26, 2013 5:37 PM

    How sweet would it be if London got a team and named them redskins

  41. stampnhawk says: Oct 26, 2013 5:42 PM

    For a team that plays in a windy, swirling stadium for half their games, hardly an excuse for San Fran.

  42. bigbluefanuk says: Oct 26, 2013 5:44 PM

    “kd75 says:
    Oct 26, 2013 4:22 PM
    Bad weather, Bad food, Worse teeth.

    Its like the whole country thinks Fish & Chips is toothpaste.”

    Wow funny, your ridiculous trolling comments.

    Wembley is state of the art and hosts international events without issue. I’m sure it can handle weather that will certainly be better than you will see in places like Detroit, Chicago, Seattle or New York.

  43. herman23934 says: Oct 26, 2013 5:47 PM

    In comparison to where some of your teams play outdoors it will be easy.

    I would worry more about the SuperBowl. Now that could get some weather.

    Two high octane passing teams struggling in the cold.

  44. serkeljerks says: Oct 26, 2013 5:53 PM

    Sounds more like a another blitz krieg to me from V1 rockets. This thing on?? Hello??

  45. mackcarrington says: Oct 26, 2013 5:54 PM

    Let’s get this straight. They’re worried about some rain and wind in London, (where it rains all the time), for a regular season game, but they scheduled their biggest game of the year in NYC in February, where there is a chance of a blizzard or ice storm.
    Got it.

  46. notlogicalvoicesays says: Oct 26, 2013 6:07 PM

    Put a team in Hawaii!!!!!!

  47. madrid517 says: Oct 26, 2013 6:14 PM

    That sucks for the Jags but at least the 49ers are on their bye week after this game.

  48. nghtrder169 says: Oct 26, 2013 6:16 PM

    Why is The NFL (The Commish) so hot on London… If they want more teams, there are plenty of places in the States (LA) and there are cities up there in our neighbors in the north that would make more sense… At least a team in Toronto would be easier for US fans to get to than a flight to London

  49. t8ertot says: Oct 26, 2013 6:25 PM

    “Everything” will be a major problem in London

  50. i10east says: Oct 26, 2013 6:26 PM

    Cheerio!!! God save the Queen!!!! *and other haphazard English gibberish*

  51. rcali says: Oct 26, 2013 7:41 PM

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. Not that I’m going to spend any time watching this game anyway but anything that can screw it up is fun for me.

  52. dpb007 says: Oct 26, 2013 8:35 PM

    I live in the Bay Area, 80 degrees and sunny. A perfect 10, but, the Niners are half way around the world. London is a disaster. Stop it already or send the Bucs, Vikings, Browns, Bills or any other East Coast team no one cares about.

  53. usdcoyotesfan says: Oct 26, 2013 8:40 PM

    “Weather could be a major issue”? roger goodell (he doesn’t deserve to have his name capitalized) continues to ruin the game I used to know and love. No more bad weather games. It’s only a matter of time before he has Madames Brady and Brees playing at neutral domed stadiums with no defenders on the field.

  54. blackbug99 says: Oct 26, 2013 8:44 PM

    Europe liked Basketball….OMG, they started their own leagues w/out us putting a team there. They liked Hockey…again, own leagues, no team. In a reverse, some Americans like the other futbol. Did they send a team? No, we started our own league. It makes no sense to base a team 7 time zones away!!

  55. guiness17 says: Oct 26, 2013 9:09 PM

    Was it 2 years ago that the city of London was shut down for about a week after a snowstorm?

    I had a friend there, and he couldn’t get out until after New Years. Imagine the mess if an NFL team got stormstayed for a week.

  56. granadafan says: Oct 26, 2013 9:39 PM

    Here’s hoping for the mother of all storms in both London and in NJ for the Super Bowl just to stick it to the greedy and deluded Emperor Goodell. I hope the fan experience for both game is an epic disaster and Goodell is fired so we can back to normal football.

  57. raiderrob21 says: Oct 26, 2013 10:58 PM

    Sounds like a great place to put an expansion team

  58. proBirdie says: Oct 26, 2013 11:55 PM

    Hourly forecast shows 56 degrees and 19mph winds for the entire game.

  59. rockothewallaby says: Oct 27, 2013 2:19 AM

    I guess they didn’t learn anything from NFL Europe.

  60. greymares says: Oct 27, 2013 8:34 AM

    anybody else that doesn’t get this London thing ?

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