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Talk in England of a Super Bowl at Wembley Stadium

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

A Super Bowl in London is a possibility, if the man who runs Wembley Stadium is to be believed.

Alex Horne, the general secretary of the English Football Association, told the Times of London that he believes it would be good for Wembley, good for England and good for the NFL if more American football games were played in London. And he said that as Wembley shows itself to be a good host for American football, the Super Bowl would be the next step.

“It’s football’s home, England’s home first and foremost. If we could find another tenant that fitted in and worked I would go for it. We owe it to ourselves to see if it would work. Then we can get the Super Bowl,” Horne said.

That sounds like an extreme long shot. But the NFL already so thoroughly dominates the American sports landscape that as the league looks to continue to grow, that growth will increasingly come abroad. An overseas Super Bowl isn’t coming soon, but it may be coming eventually.

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  1. JSpicoli says: Feb 15, 2014 9:43 AM

    Baseball always was my favorite sport.

  2. kingmj4891 says: Feb 15, 2014 9:44 AM

    Well holding the Super Bowl in the cold did not screw the NFL maybe in a different country will.

    The NFL is trying to kill the golden goose.

  3. chad504boy says: Feb 15, 2014 9:46 AM

    Then we can adopt London dogs. Keep the games greatest game home.

  4. dmg662014 says: Feb 15, 2014 9:48 AM

    Great. They can put on a cricket match in New Orleans the same weekend.

  5. thevikesarebest says: Feb 15, 2014 9:48 AM

    The vikings would be there that’s for sure.our dynasty begins this season.no one is aware until the season starts.you will look like fools when u look up and see the Viking dynasty at the top of the ranks.SKOL

  6. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 15, 2014 9:50 AM

    Grow that pie, Roger.

  7. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 15, 2014 9:51 AM

    Sorry England, it’s not going to happen.

  8. 8drinkminimum says: Feb 15, 2014 9:53 AM

    The day the NFL plays the Super Bowl in another country is the day I drop my season tickets.

  9. grruffgrruff says: Feb 15, 2014 9:59 AM

    Dream on. America will NOT let that happen.

  10. natigator says: Feb 15, 2014 10:01 AM

    It would be a horrible idea. The game is at 6:20ish Eastern time which would be what midnight in England?! Start the game at 6:30 local time and have it aired at noon East coast & 9AM West Coast? No thanks

    It’d be as stupid as hosting the Premiere League Championship in NYC or LA

  11. securb2013 says: Feb 15, 2014 10:04 AM

    Hopefully it is Oakland vs Philadelphia that way the English can see what a real Football Hooligan looks like.

  12. sirsupersouthern says: Feb 15, 2014 10:07 AM

    Yeah, hold the NATIONAL Football League’s championship game on FOREIGN soil. Makes sense…

  13. winninaintsinnin says: Feb 15, 2014 10:17 AM

    That makes sense. Let’s see, we’ll start it at 630pm their rime which will be 130pm EST.

    Or let’s start it at 1130 pm their time so it keeps our time right.

    Goodell is a genius. They should give him a raise.

  14. rboyett says: Feb 15, 2014 10:21 AM

    That is a very unrealistic comment when you don’t even have a team. I think the discussion can happen when London has an NFL team but not a second before that.

  15. jsharris54 says: Feb 15, 2014 10:26 AM

    This is how the NFL dies,
    This is how the NFL dies;
    Not with a bang, but with a whimper.

  16. clavette says: Feb 15, 2014 10:27 AM

    it doesnt make sense to take the super bowl out of the united states. why take away the revenue that the super bowl brings for an american city each year and bring it to a different country?

  17. 92nick182govikings says: Feb 15, 2014 10:28 AM

    Theres always 1 bad viking fan in the bunch. Stop making us look like fools we still got a long way to go but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! (Pftpoet thevikesarebest)

  18. britishraven says: Feb 15, 2014 10:29 AM

    Won’t happen though we would put on a helluva show

  19. deflateddome says: Feb 15, 2014 10:34 AM

    How diverse and in step with todays times. In 20 years we will be playing flag football in the Unity Bowl where no one keeps score and everyone gets a trophy…

  20. seattlesue427 says: Feb 15, 2014 10:38 AM

    Goodell’s trying to turn it into the INTER-National Football League. He’ll eventually make a play to absorb the CFL as well. He’s definitely more businessman than football fan. And for this he gets paid $44mil? He’s truly ruining the game and getting rich for his efforts.

  21. mshawn75 says: Feb 15, 2014 10:40 AM

    Never going to happen. 8:30 London = 3:30 NYC = 12:30 Pacific time. Advertisers are not going to pay 4 million for 30 seconds of a day game.

  22. propertyofthebroncos says: Feb 15, 2014 10:40 AM

    NO! You can’t have it.

  23. csilojohnson says: Feb 15, 2014 10:48 AM

    Bad idea on so many levels. That is why i would NOT be surprised if they did it.

  24. kev86 says: Feb 15, 2014 11:01 AM

    If my team hoists the Lombardi at years end, I don’t care where the SB is held.

  25. stlunatik says: Feb 15, 2014 11:13 AM

    Total U.S. boycott of any superbowl played on foriegn soil. Go head Rog, see what happens

  26. steelbreeze676 says: Feb 15, 2014 11:16 AM

    Don’t even think about it. Quickest way to drive me away from the sport.

  27. kd75 says: Feb 15, 2014 11:18 AM

    12:35 am GMT Monday kickoff for a four and a half hour game…? Factor in the two hours it takes to leave a Super Bowl, London morning rush hour traffic is pretty bad, and the game wouldn’t sell out.

  28. kd75 says: Feb 15, 2014 11:31 AM

    Would they still sing the Star Spangled Banner in London?

    They do in Canada for NHL games involving American teams.

  29. chunkderrrty says: Feb 15, 2014 11:32 AM

    So when they sing the national anthem will all the British cheer? Or are they gonna sing the one for England?

  30. sportsfan69 says: Feb 15, 2014 11:36 AM

    If the Super Bowl is played outside the United States of America, you will lose me as a fan. The arrogance and greed by the NFL Owners would be in full display. I’m already starting to lose interest in the game with all the money grubbing activities. Communities subsidizing owners with EXPENSIVE new stadiums with public monies. Should our public money go to our children’s education? Or healthcare for ALL Americans, not only for GOP Tea Party elite.

  31. briang123 says: Feb 15, 2014 11:38 AM

    The jingoism here is pathetic. There is nothing special about America and to act like only we deserve to have the Super Bowl is selfish and bigoted. Turn off Fox News.

  32. gopackgocausecowboysblow says: Feb 15, 2014 12:07 PM

    “briang123″

    There is something special about America, we are the original land of the free and home of the brave!
    To bad the current occupant of the White House along with his minions doesn’t believe in this country. But as always we will bounce back and display the American spirit!

    Oh and by the way, NO LONDON SUPERBOWL!

  33. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Feb 15, 2014 12:09 PM

    @briang123.

    Let me ask you a few questions .

    Are british tax dollars paying for stadiums? no.

    Are british dollars paying for season tickets? no

    Are british dollars paying for jerseys hats? maybe some but not enough to justify moving the biggest sporting event in our country to there country.

    I really dont see any bigotry in wanting to our keep biggest right where it belongs.

  34. tvjules says: Feb 15, 2014 12:09 PM

    Will that be the year that Wimbledon is played in Miami?

  35. hockeyissweet says: Feb 15, 2014 12:10 PM

    terrible idea, wouldn’t it have to be played at like 8 a.m. in one of the countries? so many things wrong with that.

  36. r8ders4life says: Feb 15, 2014 12:14 PM

    Let’s be honest about the situation as a whole.

    London or any other city over seas deserves a Super Bowl because as we all saw NFL Europe was such a smashing success. Honestly, the 13 season ticket holders there should be rewarded.

  37. floriooooooo says: Feb 15, 2014 12:17 PM

    so if it’s held in England, will we have to endure 20 minute pregame of players reciting the Preamble and another hour of US military patronage?

  38. coltzfan166 says: Feb 15, 2014 12:57 PM

    Idiotic. Football’s biggest game of the year should take place in the country that started the sport. They don’t care about football over there in Europe.

  39. kabasaman says: Feb 15, 2014 1:00 PM

    Here we go…. I’m sure the Super Bowl in England will bring Roger a few more dollars in his paycheck if he pulls this crap off……

  40. chawk12thman says: Feb 15, 2014 1:04 PM

    We will know they are serious contenders the day they change their time zone to Eastern Standard Time……Until then, the numbers just don’t pencil out.

  41. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:07 PM

    If that ever happens, and with Goodell, it is a very high possibility, The nfl will decline to the popularity of soccer in the US.

  42. themiamidolphins says: Feb 15, 2014 1:09 PM

    The NFL will be dead within 50 years. So let’s hope there is no Super Bowl in London for the next fifty years. Whatever happens after that is fair game.

  43. th56 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:15 PM

    Won’t happen, but I don’t know why people would have a problem with it. Does it really matter where they play it when 99.999999% of fans can’t afford it anyways. I’m sure as hell not going to dump 10 grand to go to New Jersey, might as well be some place interesting.

  44. dlk47823 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:20 PM

    Hasn’t football already been dead in Miami for 50 years? Nice final home game vs Jets.

  45. eroschmidt says: Feb 15, 2014 1:21 PM

    I am a Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens season ticket holder. If the NFL holds the SuperBowl out of the U.S., I will get season tickets to my Big Ten Alma Mater and be finished with the NFL forever

  46. cptsoban says: Feb 15, 2014 1:23 PM

    Let’s be honest, none of you can afford to go to the super bowl anyway and you’d still watch it from home even if you could. If you like football then you want it to grow and be successful.

    The only decent argument against it is the time change, and I have no problem believing a bunch of drunk Brits would watch it at midnight. I say take it and you owe us a little something.

  47. shlort says: Feb 15, 2014 1:24 PM

    briang123 says:Feb 15, 2014 11:38 AM

    The jingoism here is pathetic. There is nothing special about America and to act like only we deserve to have the Super Bowl is selfish and bigoted.
    ________________________

    I guess we should embrace hope and change in the NFL as well. It has worked so well everywhere else it has been tried. The liberalization of this country is what we need to worry about. Not football.

  48. Florio_Jr. says: Feb 15, 2014 1:25 PM

    Goodell is the reason I am starting to lose interest in the NFL and becoming much much more of a hockey fan. If Goodell forces me to watch the fixed NBA, he should be impeached.

  49. metalhead65 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:30 PM

    I guess the NFL is tired of setting ratings records with the super bowl. having 1 over seas will be a sure way to correct that because fans will watch that game like we do soccer championships here.

  50. arbiterflick says: Feb 15, 2014 1:31 PM

    I’m from London and have been an NFL fan almost all of my life.

    This is a terrible idea, it’ll never happen, and nobody in the UK thinks it should.

  51. charger383 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:31 PM

    Costs too much to go to it anway

  52. gergie1957 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:37 PM

    JUST, STOP THIS TALK NOW.

  53. 8oneanddones says: Feb 15, 2014 1:48 PM

    This ploy is all about leverage. The real goal is to get Miami to pay for stadium remodeling.

  54. pastabelly says: Feb 15, 2014 1:49 PM

    Yup, right after they move Wimbledon to the US.

  55. urmomsmyho says: Feb 15, 2014 1:51 PM

    Money money money

  56. Dogsweat says: Feb 15, 2014 1:52 PM

    Tremendous idea, and we can have the great EPL teams play a Championship game in L.A.( Manchester U. vs Chelsea)

    London Jaguars. 2015.

    Super Bowl in London would make trillions, they are great NFL fans, they have proven to support this league.

    Make it happen.

    NFL Fans stop being selfish like the kid in the sandbox who won’t share his toys.

    It’s time to move the Super Bowl around, playing in the same 4 cities gets old.

    1. London

    2. Mexico City( Jerry Jones would love this)

    3. Monterey, Mexico

    4. Vancouver, BC

    5. Seoul , South Korea

    Americans get over your supremacy complex and realize the NFL is huge outside of the United States.

    Roger Goodell is doing a masterful job at the global level.

  57. fishyinalittledishy says: Feb 15, 2014 1:56 PM

    Football fans of America don’t even lower yourselves by commenting on this ridiculous idea.

  58. packerbully says: Feb 15, 2014 2:00 PM

    It is a wind up.

    I am in the UK and believe me nobody wants it here and secondly it would need to be played at 11:30 pm which would never be allowed by the authorities.

    So stop getting wound up…

    Ps there will never be a team here either..tv viewing is down this year and there is absolutely no NFL news programming on the tv other than the games here.

  59. kicksave1980 says: Feb 15, 2014 2:04 PM

    @seacurb2013- That’s one they’re gonna have to miss. Southwest Airlines doesn’t fly to London. Ha!

    Calm down, I’m kidding.

  60. Dogsweat says: Feb 15, 2014 2:30 PM

    Sydney, Australia as well.

  61. kurmudge says: Feb 15, 2014 2:58 PM

    The biggest problem with Wembley- a beautiful facility- is that the transportation in and out is terribly limited. Everyone is funneled to the trains (the “tube”) to travel the 40 minutes or so from central London, and you wait at least an hour in a mad crush to even get to the train station after trying to leave the stadium.

  62. brownsmakemecrazy says: Feb 15, 2014 3:09 PM

    The first SuperBowl that takes place outside the US, is the day i never watch the NFL ever again

  63. bobbyinlondon says: Feb 15, 2014 3:13 PM

    What narrow-minded fans you are. I’m an American who’s been living in the UK ever since I retired from the USAF in 1992. The NFL, like baseball, basketball, and hockey is no longer the province of the US.

    During the games at Wembley, you have NFL fans from all over Europe come to watch the games. Germany, Holland, France, Belgium, etc they all flock to the games wearing their favourite team’s jerseys and hats.

    We here in Europe have the same level of tv coverage of live games during the regular season and playoffs that you have in the States. And to the horror of it all, we get the Super Bowl live as well.

    Thanks to NFL Gamepass, which is the Sunday Ticket, we can watch our favourite games on any platform we want or we can watch all 16 games plus highlights.

    You may think the league will never have a SB here, but no one thought they’d have one in NY in Feb either.

  64. dfpoor says: Feb 15, 2014 3:24 PM

    Racial abuse illegal in the UK. Redskins automatically excluded!

  65. dretwann says: Feb 15, 2014 3:37 PM

    I hate globalization.

  66. fringetastic says: Feb 15, 2014 3:40 PM

    The ONLY positive of this is that the SB would no longer be on Sunday night in the US. (Move it to Saturday already!)

  67. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 15, 2014 4:40 PM

    Football was made in the US and it needs to have the super bowl in the US. Stop this nonsense.

  68. melikefootball says: Feb 15, 2014 6:37 PM

    How soon God-del forgets his phrase, we re about the fans.

  69. bobbyinlondon says: Feb 15, 2014 9:30 PM

    Those of you who think that the game needs to be played in prime time must have only been following the NFL for the past 20 years. The game used to be on at 3pm in the east–and there’s no reason why it couldn’t be put in that time slot again for one year.

  70. joetoronto says: Feb 16, 2014 5:27 AM

    I’m not even American and I have to say, this is wrong, very wrong.

    The Super Bowl should be played in the USA, period.

  71. packfan0492 says: Feb 16, 2014 8:53 PM

    Then Super Bowl in Mexico City? Or China?

  72. jagsfan2012 says: Mar 27, 2014 2:57 PM

    Never, ever, ever will this happen.

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