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Robert Kraft: NFL should strive for London team by decade’s end

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The NFL will play a record three regular season games in London in 2014, further affirming the league’s commitment to building interest overseas.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft would like to see the league to take its relationship with London to the next level — and relatively soon.

Speaking at an event promoting CBS’ “Thursday Night Football,” Kraft said putting a team in London by decade’s end ought to be a goal the NFL strives “very hard” to achieve, according to Marc Sessler of NFL Media.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has previously said that if the league were to expand, it would do so by two clubs, not just one.

Without expansion, a London club would entail relocation one of existing franchises. And that, to say the least, would be messy.

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157 Responses to “Robert Kraft: NFL should strive for London team by decade’s end”
  1. tooz72 says: Jul 17, 2014 8:27 PM

    stay in the damn USA!!!!!!!! its AMERICAN FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!

  2. typingofthedead says: Jul 17, 2014 8:28 PM

    having cheat free superbowls and murderer free squads should be an NFL goal

  3. calhounlambeau says: Jul 17, 2014 8:28 PM

    It’s never enough.

  4. nublar7 says: Jul 17, 2014 8:29 PM

    The London Bills

    Though they would likely rename the team to something else

  5. sumkat says: Jul 17, 2014 8:29 PM

    Move the Pats there if you are so in favor of it

  6. uglydingo says: Jul 17, 2014 8:29 PM

    Translation – I want more money. Yes, I take euros. This is better than a cheese factory.

  7. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Jul 17, 2014 8:30 PM

    Then take your team there, Bob

  8. themiamidolphins says: Jul 17, 2014 8:31 PM

    Players aren’t going to want to live in London. The team wouldn’t get anyone in free agency, wouldn’t be able to re-sign many of their own free agents, players would be demanding trades/holding out all the time, and draft picks will bolt ASAP. The team will be a bottom feeder year in and year out and that “interest” from the London population will diminish.

    The idea of a team in London is all kinds of awful.

  9. jmblosser82 says: Jul 17, 2014 8:31 PM

    The NFL should not expand across to Europe. If they want to expand then merge with the CFL or expansion teams in Mexico and Canada.

  10. chaseutley says: Jul 17, 2014 8:32 PM

    The London Patriots. Done.

  11. themilliondollarbackfield says: Jul 17, 2014 8:34 PM

    I always knew Kraft was a Benedict

  12. bf53 says: Jul 17, 2014 8:34 PM

    If I were a player, I would never want to play for a team that takes me across the Atlantic Ocean that often. I don’t mind the idea of trying to expand internationally, I just don’t see it working.

  13. i10east says: Jul 17, 2014 8:36 PM

    The London Redcoats (FKA the New England Patriots)

  14. bonnovi says: Jul 17, 2014 8:38 PM

    NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!

    USA! USA! USA!

  15. annes22 says: Jul 17, 2014 8:41 PM

    I don’t see anything wrong with having a team based in London. What’s wrong with that? Living there is great, but it failed last time so why would it be successful now all of a sudden??

  16. iamthorny says: Jul 17, 2014 8:41 PM

    That’s a terrible idea. Competitive disadvantage for all road games and competitive advantage for all home games.

    I can’t even imagine a WC Playoff game played there. If the road team wins, it’s really screwed having to fly there and fly back.

    This would be something that would turn me off to the NFL. Mark Cuban…you might be a prophet after all.

  17. 6ball says: Jul 17, 2014 8:42 PM

    .
    The flight time from Boston to London is approximately 30 minutes longer than Boston to Seattle.
    .

  18. bearssuck says: Jul 17, 2014 8:43 PM

    Ya let that team be in the AFC East

  19. JaminJake says: Jul 17, 2014 8:43 PM

    It’s sort of like saying Manchester United or another Premier League club should move to the US.

    IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE.

  20. cpitch12 says: Jul 17, 2014 8:44 PM

    As a Pats fan this turns my stomach. We in U.S.A. hate other countries pushing there life and living on us but we think its okay to do it to other people. Logistically I don’t see how this could be done without effecting practice, planning and travel . I think its a terrible idea Bob…Terrible

  21. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Jul 17, 2014 8:46 PM

    Let’s not and say we did.

  22. radrntn says: Jul 17, 2014 8:47 PM

    not the “New” nor the old, just the England Patriots

  23. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 17, 2014 8:48 PM

    Repatriots of new England

  24. FreewayJim says: Jul 17, 2014 8:50 PM

    I’ll tolerate a lot of things from the NFL but having a team and eventually a Super Bowl in London is something I feel more negative towards than anything else I can think of.

  25. danno1212 says: Jul 17, 2014 8:50 PM

    Booooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  26. armchairqb says: Jul 17, 2014 8:53 PM

    Oh yeah, Kraft? Then just scrape the “New” off your team’s name and ship them over there. The England Patriots.

    Then leave everyone else alone.

    b.

  27. eskeskeys says: Jul 17, 2014 8:54 PM

    Looks like a team is ready to relocate to LA and the owners have been notified. The posturing has switched to London as the new threat.

  28. denverwally says: Jul 17, 2014 8:55 PM

    Pretty funny… it doesn’t take much to rile up this group of bozo’s.

  29. fcoprado says: Jul 17, 2014 8:55 PM

    A stupid idea, really! !
    How the hell are you going to attract players to go play across the Atlantic? ?

  30. glaedrfly says: Jul 17, 2014 8:55 PM

    Please, I beg of you. Let them have their football and we’ll have ours.

  31. udontknowjaq says: Jul 17, 2014 8:58 PM

    Its funny how may ppl are b hurt cause the NFL wants to expand their brand..

  32. ytownjoe says: Jul 17, 2014 8:59 PM

    The flight time from Boston to London is approximately 30 minutes longer than Boston to Seattle.

    _______________________________________________

    How about Seattle to London?

  33. thelastwordyaheard says: Jul 17, 2014 8:59 PM

    No

  34. citizenstrange says: Jul 17, 2014 9:05 PM

    I seriously do not get the freaking fascination with London.

  35. gayforbrady says: Jul 17, 2014 9:05 PM

    Respect the Kraft.

  36. vikingspride says: Jul 17, 2014 9:05 PM

    International football league? Sounds like a bad idea to me!

  37. footballfan14 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:06 PM

    This won’t work. It has disaster written all over it. It would be fun at the start but get old very fast.

  38. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jul 17, 2014 9:06 PM

    To make it work, they’d have to put four teams–an entire division–over in Europe from the beginning. That way any team based there will play eleven of their 16 games in Europe. They’d only have to cross the pond five times.

  39. nostalgicsound says: Jul 17, 2014 9:07 PM

    The fans do NOT want a team in London!!!!! When will the owners and NFL ever listen to the fans?! Seems like they do only when it fits their needs and interest.

  40. natefalkirk says: Jul 17, 2014 9:08 PM

    “NFL should strive for London team by decade’s end”

    Suggested NFL goal revisions:

    NFL should strive to make the go-to-the-game experience affordable for more potential fans

    NFL should strive to keep the season at 16 games

    NFL should strive to not water down playoffs by adding more games

    NFL should strive to increase penalties, suspensions and expulsions for repeat drug/DUI/criminal actors

    NFL should strive to improve the sketchy and inconsistent officiating

    NFL should strive to understand that in an age of limited budgets cities and towns may other, more pressing needs than building shiny new stadiums to appease owners/get a Superbowl

    NFL should strive to understand that as much as people love the game, there is such a thing as too much. A great tactic to keep ‘em coming back: Always leave ‘em wanting a little more. Currently we can gorge on nearly round the clock coverage…doesn’t make it better.

    Just some ideas…..

  41. ccc23454 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:08 PM

    if your in such a hurry send your team until then we are the NATIONAL Football League, shouldn’t even be playing regular season games there!

  42. dickshotdogs says: Jul 17, 2014 9:11 PM

    I’m a dyed in the wool Patriots fan, and like everyone that’s posted before me, I don’t like this either. At all.

  43. skoobyfl says: Jul 17, 2014 9:11 PM

    Pats should give up a home game to play there every year.

  44. greymares says: Jul 17, 2014 9:11 PM

    Dumb freaken idea

  45. Getoffmylawn! says: Jul 17, 2014 9:11 PM

    We were able to put a man on the moon in about the same timeframe, but this looks complicated and stupid. It’s not rocket science so it should fail.

  46. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 17, 2014 9:13 PM

    Concentrating on a market where people can really care less about American football…

    And not even address one of the biggest markets in the world, Los Angeles?

    Oh well, I’m better off not paying 50 bucks for parking, 12 bucks a beer and a small fortune for nosebleeds anyway…

  47. crappygovernment says: Jul 17, 2014 9:13 PM

    The NFL’s Marxist politics will kill it!

  48. bobsnygiants says: Jul 17, 2014 9:14 PM

    he ‘s eating to much cheese

  49. Bo Darville says: Jul 17, 2014 9:15 PM

    Maybe he means London, Ontario.

  50. gayforbrady says: Jul 17, 2014 9:16 PM

    I forgot what it was like to root for a team that sucked for years on end.

    I honestly see the pats going 16-0 this season.

    We always seem to have an easy schedule.

    Belicheck and kraft are buddies with Goodell always seems to help.

    And having the prettiest coolest QB in the league just makes for great TV.

  51. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 17, 2014 9:16 PM

    udontknowjaq says:
    Jul 17, 2014 8:58 PM
    Its funny how may ppl are b hurt cause the NFL wants to expand their brand..

    *********************

    People who know football aren’t upset about the NFL expanding their brand, when they haven’t even addressed the Los Angeles market…. We are more of upset with the NFL for diluting the league just for markets sake.

  52. bobsnygiants says: Jul 17, 2014 9:16 PM

    when u go over, call your team England Patriots

  53. capn0bvious says: Jul 17, 2014 9:17 PM

    Create an all-new team and fill it entirely with British rugby players, and watch them get flattened each week by real football players.

  54. campcouch says: Jul 17, 2014 9:17 PM

    I wonder if they actually polled enough Londoners to fill a stadium if they would support a team. They also have quite a few guys saying that they wouldn’t sign with a team there. Besides,every team as some sort of rivalry. Who exactly is going to hate a team that you couldn’t afford to road trip to.

  55. jaxbeachjagfan says: Jul 17, 2014 9:20 PM

    They can have a 8 game series of “Breakfast from Wembley, NFL Style”. Games that play 10 am EST.

    And what about the whole CBA is illegal under the local labour laws, yada yada?

  56. calmincali says: Jul 17, 2014 9:21 PM

    Or San Fran to London. Or San Diego to London. Or Phoenix to London.

    Or are we supposed to believe they will only play easy coast teams?

  57. jameisxfamousxcrablegs says: Jul 17, 2014 9:22 PM

    They keep pushing this globalization of the sport. I can remember back in the mid 90′s, the Dallas Cowboys played a preseason game in Mexico City. Apparently it didn’t go over too well, because we haven’t seen the NFL there since…

  58. mzim2756 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:25 PM

    Not fair to tell 53 players they have to live in London for 6 years, I’m sure the NFLPA will have a say

  59. swagjag says: Jul 17, 2014 9:37 PM

    Best idea since Zima.

  60. urbusted2 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:40 PM

    One of the five dumbest ideas I’ve ever heard.

  61. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 17, 2014 9:46 PM

    Right now, I’m thinking Kraft needs to strive for silence….

  62. rjkilla says: Jul 17, 2014 9:49 PM

    dumbest idea ever. you have these guys already crying about flying from coast to coast and you want to send them around the world every other weekend. money grab

  63. rocketcrab says: Jul 17, 2014 9:50 PM

    Dumb.

  64. gargamelsmentor says: Jul 17, 2014 9:51 PM

    DeMaurice Smith needs to speak up and make sure it gets squashed before this actually starts to materialize! It just doesn’t seem to be going away.

  65. theravenlives2 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:54 PM

    The flight time from Boston to London is approximately 30 minutes longer than Boston to Seattle.

    _______________________________________________

    How about Seattle to London?

    ================================
    9 hours

  66. marima07 says: Jul 17, 2014 9:54 PM

    Please no! Don’t do it. Expansion killed the NHL for years – breaking up long-standing rivalries, scattering players and creating new teams that fans had no connection to and didn’t care about.

    How about instead if we all promise to buy a new player jersey and we’ll forget this ever happened.

  67. rascalmanny says: Jul 17, 2014 10:00 PM

    Count me out. I will never be for this. This will steer me to college only football.

  68. mickton says: Jul 17, 2014 10:03 PM

    Ok mr Kraft pt your money where your mouth is move the patriots to London

  69. theravenlives2 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:04 PM

    Concentrating on a market where people can really care less about American football…

    And not even address one of the biggest markets in the world, Los Angeles?

    ==========================
    London has a million more people in its Metro Area than Los Angeles does.

  70. gebbyluv says: Jul 17, 2014 10:06 PM

    I will never watch a game of a team slated for London and will stop watching the NFL if a Superbowl is ever there.

  71. logicalvoicescowboybrother says: Jul 17, 2014 10:09 PM

    uglydingo says: Jul 17, 2014 8:29 PM

    Translation – I want more money. Yes, I take euros. This is better than a cheese factory.

    —————————————————————

    You do know they don’t have the Euro in GB don’t you !!!?

  72. ydandb says: Jul 17, 2014 10:11 PM

    NO

  73. theravenlives2 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:11 PM

    I seriously do not get the freaking fascination with London.

    =====================
    What’s there not to get? The league and the owners feel they have “tapped out” the revenue potential in the U.S. London is the biggest city in Europe, and one of the biggest in the world. It has had some mixed success with the NFL in the past. If it catches on (and, yes, that’s a big if), the NFL gets another large TV contract, a whole new country of fans, more merchandising, and a new market.

    Not saying I agree with all of it, but I do see why they are doing it.

  74. firecracker87 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:17 PM

    Why stop there! Lets have the Super Bowl in London!!

  75. purpleppleeaters says: Jul 17, 2014 10:17 PM

    Logistical problems make this idea just downright dumb.
    And why push American football on the Euro’s? That will go over like “futbol” does here.
    Leave them be.
    Leave the NFL be.
    Let’s move on………………………..

  76. thegreatjimmyk says: Jul 17, 2014 10:23 PM

    When the NFL has a team in London, England I will stop watching it altogether. It’s a move that’s driven by money…not improvement of the ‘product’…not for the benefit of players…just money. The NFL is already on it’s way to alienating it’s core, and it doesn’t seem to care anymore…

  77. ryno37 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:26 PM

    Of course he does. This guy just wants to expand his “brand”. Not only would it be a logistical nightmare, being they’re 6 hours ahead of us would cause issues as well. How do you adjust to the jet-lag as a player? Dumb idea….

  78. firecracker87 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:30 PM

    The natural tendency of humans is to destroy anything that is good. Gotta fix what ain’t broken. Why is the NFL any different? This tendency is why almost anything good never lasts forever.

  79. logicalvoicescowboybrother says: Jul 17, 2014 10:32 PM

    thegreatjimmyk says: Jul 17, 2014 10:23 PM

    When the NFL has a team in London, England I will stop watching it altogether. It’s a move that’s driven by money…not improvement of the ‘product’…not for the benefit of players…just money. The NFL is already on it’s way to alienating it’s core, and it doesn’t seem to care anymore…

    —————————————————————-

    You won’t be missed I can promise you that ! As a fan originally from London I can’t wait.

  80. logicalvoicescowboybrother says: Jul 17, 2014 10:34 PM

    firecracker87 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:17 PM

    Why stop there! Lets have the Super Bowl in London!!

    —————————————————————-

    I think there will be a Super Bowl in London soon ~ it is an amazing idea and it WILL HAPPEN .

  81. theageofquarrel says: Jul 17, 2014 10:35 PM

    How about no?

  82. j0esixpack says: Jul 17, 2014 10:37 PM

    It would actually be hilarious to see the Patriots move to London.

    It’s time we took the offensive and brought the Revolutionary War to the British shores rather than remain on the defensive as we have since 1776

    The Patriots would completely occupy London!

  83. xbam1 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:40 PM

    they shouldn’t even talk about London until there is a team in LA

  84. mcmccii says: Jul 17, 2014 10:41 PM

    …so his grandchildren can get rich without doing ANYTHING.

  85. hawkforlife says: Jul 17, 2014 10:44 PM

    Flying time to London from Chicago is about 8.5 hours. Given that NFL, have you heard about jet lag?

  86. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jul 17, 2014 10:53 PM

    They should make them comprise their team out of all the suspended or arrested players.

  87. realfootballfan says: Jul 17, 2014 11:02 PM

    I see the stupid has spread from the commissioner’s office.

  88. veence69 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:03 PM

    Roger Goodell is a nightmare.

  89. firecracker87 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:09 PM

    firecracker87 says: Jul 17, 2014 10:17 PM

    Why stop there! Lets have the Super Bowl in London!!

    —————————————————————-

    I think there will be a Super Bowl in London soon ~ it is an amazing idea and it WILL HAPPEN .

    —————————————————–

    I was actually being sarcastic – not a fan of this idea at all. I don’t see how it can really work logistically. And I don’t see many NFL fans in the states really embracing it. It may be done and happen for a while but will likely fizzle out. Then those who invested in it will wonder why they did. Unfortunately, the stupid have to actually experience something to know it’s a bad idea, the rest of us don’t. :)

  90. therealtrenches says: Jul 17, 2014 11:13 PM

    What is the carrot that a London team offers, that these owners are chasing? It’s just not clear to me why they persist with this one.

  91. ms72lbc says: Jul 17, 2014 11:19 PM

    Maybe, just maybe, you might want to set a goal of one or two teams in L.A. by the end of the decade. Just saying that makes a lot more sense than London!

  92. ausernamethatisavailable says: Jul 17, 2014 11:23 PM

    Horrible idea in every way except for the only thing the owners care about….more revenue. Everything the nfl does is to bring in more revenue or reduce future liability. Everything.

  93. craigmaitland says: Jul 17, 2014 11:33 PM

    Kraft should worry about his coach and players ending up in jail and quit worrying about a team in London

  94. teambolt5000 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:34 PM

    Having a NFL team in London = the NFL jumping the shark.

  95. mogogo1 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:36 PM

    Pick up a London paper and see how much NFL coverage you see. The NFL can’t make it in LA and they not only cover the league but have two major college football teams.

  96. wave222 says: Jul 17, 2014 11:40 PM

    Canada or Mexico maybe??
    Leave it like it is with a few token games over there.

  97. hanklin89 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:08 AM

    NATIONAL football league.

    Now you could argue, “Well Canada has a basketball team and a few hockey teams in the National basketball association and the National hockey league,” but Canada at least boarders the United States and are in cities like Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Edmonton, which are cities that are at least within 300 miles from the US boarder. so at least it is a decent distance away. While Great Britain is around 3,000 miles away from the East Coast and double that if you live on the west coast.

    If the NFL really wants to expand on this league, the best they could do is put an NFL franchise in Mexico or Puerto Rico. But even then, I doubt you would get much traffic. I don’t know why they want to expand to Europe when football isn’t even popular there anymore, they tried to have a league in Europe, but that shut down in a matter of 10 years. If you want to have games in London, that is fine, but you already have fans there that support teams in the US, they won’t represent teams in their country if they already support them.

    Just a dumb idea all the way around.

  98. randomcommenter says: Jul 18, 2014 12:21 AM

    Until they invent teleports, a team in London is crazy.

  99. kcflake says: Jul 18, 2014 12:46 AM

    A london nfl franchise is a dumb idea.

  100. lunarpie says: Jul 18, 2014 1:21 AM

    NO NO NO!!!!!!

    This is OUR SPORT!!!

    THE NFL WAS MADE IN THE U.S.A. AND NEEDS TO STAY IN THE U.S.A.

    End of Subject.

  101. granadafan says: Jul 18, 2014 1:26 AM

    “udontknowjaq says:
    Jul 17, 2014 8:58 PM
    Its funny how may ppl are b hurt cause the NFL wants to expand their brand..”
    ===========================================

    It’s funny how people don’t know how to write properly anymore. Ok, it’s just sad and pathetic.

  102. lunarpie says: Jul 18, 2014 1:27 AM

    ausernamethatisavailable says: Jul 17, 2014 11:23 PM

    Horrible idea in every way except for the only thing the owners care about….more revenue. Everything the nfl does is to bring in more revenue or reduce future liability. Everything.

    ———————————–

    Exactly why the NFL is getting engulfed with new rules to the greatest game on earth changing the sport in a bad way. Moving to London is similar to Obama getting elected for his second term. Scandalous yet effective from the top dog’s point of view.

  103. lionhammer says: Jul 18, 2014 1:45 AM

    I’m very much opposed to a team in London for all the reasons that everyone has mentioned.

    But I’m not opposed to expanding the brand there.

    Its the perfect opportunity to expand to a 17 game schedule with 2 byes. Each team would play a game in London every year and it would be followed by a bye. We wouldn’t lose home games and the schedule would be balanced because everyone has to make the trip once a year. It does what the league wants, expands the “brand” and it keeps the US fans happy.

  104. oldcracker says: Jul 18, 2014 1:56 AM

    The NFL moves a team to LA and then, I believe London becomes the “new threat” for team owners to extort new lavish stadiums out of the tax payers.

  105. ytrappin504 says: Jul 18, 2014 4:37 AM

    Sick of hearing about this crap. Blah blah Los Angeles getting a team blah blah torontos gettin a team blah blah London is gonna get a team blah blah…

  106. packmanfan says: Jul 18, 2014 4:46 AM

    Let them do it so that it will fall flat on their faces. Let them learn from this mistake and lose millions of dollars.

  107. clashpoint says: Jul 18, 2014 5:11 AM

    crappygovernment says:
    Jul 17, 2014 9:13 PM
    The NFL’s Marxist politics will kill it!
    …….

    Ugh capitalism and Marxism are at completely opposite ends of the political spectrum. This is literally as wrong as wrong gets. However, it sadly and accurately reflects on far too many people’s pathetic level of political knowledge.

    Anyways, I don’t think we should talk about a European team until we start getting European players. The NFL says it wants a developmental league. Well, y’all had one and it failed. How about restart that European minor league that failed a while back, and see if you can make that work first? Start small and work your way up before you do something stupid.

  108. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 18, 2014 5:58 AM

    I just lost all respect I had for Robert Kraft. He is a gravy trainer just like the rest of them. I thought he was different. I guess not.

    Like others have posted, the day the NFL puts a Super Bowl or a franchise in London is the day I stop watching. They are already on thin ice with suspending players at the drop of a hat for far lesser offenses than what these corrupt owners are doing and nothing being done to them.

  109. phillyfinsfan says: Jul 18, 2014 6:11 AM

    Kraft hopes to eventually expand into Moscow so he has the possibility of meeting up with Putin and seeing his Super Bowl ring.

  110. GenXJay says: Jul 18, 2014 7:20 AM

    Cheerio good chap. Because conquering the world is on every communists To-Do-List.

  111. lowdownmofo says: Jul 18, 2014 7:23 AM

    Not an AFC East fan, but I really, really don’t like ANYTHING about the Patriots.

  112. keiselsbeard says: Jul 18, 2014 7:37 AM

    Great. Now that the almighty Robert Kraft has weighed in on the subject, it MUST happen. Hey Bob, how bout U move the Patsy’s over to Europe? Bet he changes his tune, if that’s proposed.

  113. keiselsbeard says: Jul 18, 2014 7:38 AM

    Another thing Bob, stick to cheating & keep your opinion to yourself

  114. rutchaser says: Jul 18, 2014 7:40 AM

    This would possibly cause me to stop watching the NFL. I love college football anyway so I’ll just watch it. Greed ruins a lot of things.

  115. piratefreedom says: Jul 18, 2014 7:42 AM

    Huge competitive advantage for the Pats since the additional travel time would be a much bigger factor for other teams.

    Reason enough to do it!

    I suspect enough players would be intrigued with experiencing Europe that attracting talent wouldn’t be a huge problem … until taxes were considered!

  116. wiztopher says: Jul 18, 2014 7:49 AM

    The commissioner and owners seem to be for it. How bout the US fans, coaches n players who really make the wheel go round? Nope.

  117. footballfan58 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:54 AM

    I am a loyal, lifelong Patriots fan and I think Mr. Kraft is a decent human being. However, on this subject, he gets zero support from me.

    Sorry, Mr. Kraft. This is AMERICAN football, not ENGLISH football (which is soccer). Keep our teams in AMERICA!!!

    As much as I get tired of commenters dumping on the Patriots, we fans deserve the posts on this thread.

  118. 1952vikefan says: Jul 18, 2014 8:13 AM

    He meant LA

  119. oshkoshoz says: Jul 18, 2014 8:13 AM

    The absolute dumbest idea the NFL came up with or considered. Jet lag (perpetual) and biting tax structure will make any London-based team the league’s new Siberia for the players and fans. Keep the NFL in America.

  120. Spymaster Belichick says: Jul 18, 2014 8:14 AM

    Change the league name then — the International Football League (IFL).

  121. fwippel says: Jul 18, 2014 8:43 AM

    If you want NFL football to catch on in Europe, Europe is going to have to start producing it’s own NFL players.

    There is no college football in Europe, and the last developmental league the NFL had was based in Europe, and that never caught on. The problem is that the players from that league, just like the players in the NFL today, were/are Americans.

    You are NOT going to get American players who want to play for a franchise overseas. There are also tax issues and logistics issues too numerous to go over in this short space.

    An NFL franchise in London is a bad idea that needs to be buried once and for all. This is the same league that can’t even get a franchise in our nation’s second largest city. London / Europe is a pipe-dream.

  122. realnflmaster says: Jul 18, 2014 8:47 AM

    Good. USA is worthless and a the downturn.

  123. scantenii says: Jul 18, 2014 8:50 AM

    Owner will destroy this league. I hear Lacrosse is pretty actually exciting, maybe I will try to start watching that.

  124. thetruthcampaign says: Jul 18, 2014 8:51 AM

    Is Wankers a racist term?

  125. scantenii says: Jul 18, 2014 8:51 AM

    Darn it…I meant “The Owners”, not “Owner”. my bad.

  126. revelation123 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:52 AM

    If they wanted to expand into Europe, they had the right idea years ago to make a sub-NFL league there called NFL Europe.

    You can’t reasonably expect teams to fly across the ocean and be ready to play a normal football game every week.

  127. deafcone says: Jul 18, 2014 8:57 AM

    The London Redskins

  128. deafcone says: Jul 18, 2014 9:00 AM

    Teams having to travel to London should just forfeit the game. that’ll get the message across to the morons.

  129. bostoncommon says: Jul 18, 2014 9:22 AM

    *This* Kraft has nothing to do with cheese, so “eating too much cheese” has nothing to do with this horrible idea. I’m sure players would really really want to be on that team.

  130. northerntanned says: Jul 18, 2014 9:45 AM

    It’s interesting to see so many people come out against millionaires flying and extra 2-3 hours in a private plane…I couldn’t care less if my team had to travel to Jacksonville or London…at least I would consider traveling to see London, Paris or Berlin….Jacksonville not so much

  131. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 18, 2014 9:45 AM

    why would anyone dignify or listen to this “I was duped”.. absolute corrupt fool?

    I very much think there has been a deal with the devil between Kraft and Goodell……. Kraft and Pats are low class yet Goodell has promoted and protected

    just like Holder being against Redskins.. having Kraft on your side is not really a good thing, is it?

  132. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 18, 2014 9:48 AM

    nfl should be contracting.. or just reshuffling a couple existing teams… not enough talent to expand

    and, London would be stupid….. Mex City much better

    don’t trust Goodell and his posse, they are in it for themselves… period

  133. sb44champs says: Jul 18, 2014 10:05 AM

    Robert Kraft: NFL should strive for London team by decade’s end
    ================================
    …looks a lot like Kraft is brown-nosing his way into Goodell’s pocket… I always wondered why the Pats get all of the calls to go their way and I guess this is one reason why..

  134. icallbs81 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:24 AM

    Why? Why should the NFL strive for this? Do they want to be the new WFL. Most of us know how that went.

  135. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 18, 2014 10:28 AM

    I was duped! What a total tool!

    only way to explain protection of Pats is for Kraft to be pretty deep up Rogers rear

  136. nyneal says: Jul 18, 2014 10:52 AM

    Putting an NFL team in Europe is a stupid idea. The NFL is an American game and it should stay that way.
    If they want the NFL in England or anywhere else, let them start their own leagues and when they get good enough, then their league champion can play our Super Bowl champion to determine which team is truly the best.
    But that will take decades.

  137. somethinghappeninghere says: Jul 18, 2014 11:02 AM

    Right, Kraft, as long as it’s not the Pats, right? Typical elitist: do as I say, not as I do.

  138. sonopazzo6 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:08 AM

    no………just plain NO!……..wait a minute, unless it’s the Cowboys, Great Britain’s team……..I’m kinda likin’ it……… Jerry Jones and Tony Romo could be knighted and DeMarcus Ware could say “couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of blokes”!

  139. ruckusruss says: Jul 18, 2014 11:11 AM

    Does that mean we’d have to change the names and the Minute Men logo of the patriots now too, because it could be offensive to the English?

  140. clemenza58 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:26 AM

    Why don’t the Patriots move there then.

  141. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 18, 2014 11:48 AM

    not funny… now Kraft is trying to dupe us

    what a tool

  142. cbass59 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:52 AM

    I will/do boycott all games played in London.

    This is Goodell, and now Kraft, just focusing on money and not what is best for the NFL’s future.

    How about expanding to two months of breast cancer awareness (while still ignoring awareness off diseases common to men).

  143. damcmp says: Jul 18, 2014 12:37 PM

    as I remember the first of the NFLE teams to close up shop was the London Monarchs, years before the league as a whole closed their doors

  144. rmcnulty234 says: Jul 18, 2014 2:15 PM

    Why is that nobody from London is asking about a NFL team???they would not support it? They have there Futbol and hooligans

  145. djshnooks says: Jul 18, 2014 3:29 PM

    Yeah go and ruin the NFL.

    What a joke.

  146. craigmaitland says: Jul 18, 2014 3:41 PM

    When the English Premier ‘Soccer’ League has a team in North America then worry about sending them a better brand of football.

  147. TheWizard says: Jul 18, 2014 5:02 PM

    We need a minor league for the NFL more than we need a team in Europe.

  148. jayfish6402 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:08 PM

    So now we’re considering leaving the United States. Just great. After London, they’ll do Tokyo and Seoul and Jakarta and Shanghai and bring AMERICAN FOOTBALL to the entire world. If they’re moving the NFL out of the Nation, at least make it Toronto. Then it wouldn’t be the NFL since it would be outside of the nation. Just keep it the way it is unless you seriously need to move somewhere else. Then at least move to another US city. LA is available.

  149. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 19, 2014 1:01 PM

    funny how Kraft and BB, protected by Roger…. think it better to be thought stupid “I was duped” vs reality of simply having no class and low ethical standards

    Pats are a bad org.. and rep the league very poorly…

  150. 1greatusername says: Jul 19, 2014 9:51 PM

    Too bad there’s not a practical way to make this work. Americans are adopting soccer, and it seems like the Brits get how exciting true football can be.

  151. phillyphan420 says: Jul 21, 2014 11:32 AM

    Incredibly bad move if a team would relocate there alone, but expansion franchises, in general, are a terrible idea for the NFL as it exists right now.

    1) The current 4 four-team divisions in place sets up the schedule structure perfectly. All divisions have the same amount of teams, and therefore play the same amount of division, conference, and out of conference games. A team will play a division in the other conference every four years, and a division in its own conference every three years. Add a team or two, divisions get messed up, and the schedule structure gets everything all out of whack.

    2) If you expand by one or two franchises, that’s 33 or 34 teams. WAY, WAY too many, and would further water down the talent. The idea of a 33-34-team league is absurd. Goodell and the blind NFL owners do not seem to grasp this concept, what with their desire to add more games in London, add more franchises, add more regular season games, add more teams to the playoffs, add poor quality games like Thursday Night Football, etc. Mark Cuban will be right one day, book it.

  152. haraldsigurdson says: Jul 21, 2014 1:06 PM

    NFL in London is a stupid idea. The only way for it to work is to change the NFL from a Sunday afternoon phenomenon and make it possible to show games any day, at any time.

    If that’s the direction the league is heading, then Mark Cuban was certainly right about the NFL.

  153. usedjock says: Jul 21, 2014 1:36 PM

    I wonder if the players union will have a say in this. Would a London team be given special consideration if they have to play on a short week? Hey NFL leave well enough alone sometimes NOT changing things and not being stupid/greedy works pretty well.

  154. ravenswinsuperbowl47 says: Jul 21, 2014 6:07 PM

    re:

    lionhammer says:

    Perfect opportunity to expand to a 17 game schedule with 2 byes. Each team would play a game in London every year and it would be followed by a bye. We wouldn’t lose home games and the schedule would be balanced because everyone has to make the trip once a year. It does what the league wants, expands the “brand” and it keeps the US fans happy.

    ——————————————-

    Exactly!

    Add LA, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Portland, Mexico City, San Antonio to the mix of cities which could host that 17th game. Second bye week makes players and TV networks happy with yet higher ratings over 19 weeks of regular season. Couch potaoes love sitting on couches for two more weeks. Season ticket owner love cutting the exhibition game sham in half. TV ratings and revenue soar, satisfying the greedy owners and players, even the IRS. Purists who oppose the 18 game schedule would still get half a loaf.

  155. davidcone6600 says: Jul 21, 2014 7:31 PM

    The NFL league office is exempt from taxes since it allegedly promotes a US industry. How can the league use this tax exempted revenue to push for relocating jobs and city and state taxes offshore? Taxpayers and fans are getting played in a big way. No more NFL for me.

  156. howleyesque says: Jul 22, 2014 6:23 PM

    The way I see it, while there MIGHT be enough interest in London for it to work there, it’s going to cause MAJOR scheduling and travel problems. Nor do I see ENOUGH European interest to warrant a European div. As I recall the WFL went bust TRYING!

  157. jagsfan2012 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:02 PM

    I cannot stress enough how much I HATE this idea of having the NFL expanding to England. If this happens, I can see the SB being played there too, you know, to better the experience for the fans. I think it’s an awful idea. Just plain stupid!

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