It’s a movie we’ve seen many times before. A report emerges from a media outlet in the United Kingdom that the NFL will be moving a franchise to London. And the report seems to be, from the perspective of folks who want to see it happen, too good to be true. And then we find out it isn’t true.
The latest example comes from the BBC, which has posted an article online that commences with this bombshell: “The UK will have its own American football franchise within six years, according to NFL spokesman Mark Waller.”
The article contains no such quote from Waller, although he is quoted as saying things that could be viewed as suggesting that a relocation may occur at some point.
“We are in a unique position as a sport because of the way our season is structured — we only play one game a week,” Waller said. “It’s not something other American sports could do.”
Still, the article characterizes Waller’s comments as reflecting a “commit[ment] to a franchise permanently based in Britain.” Which Waller probably didn’t do.
We’ll now ask the league about Waller’s comments. And the NFL undoubtedly will say that Waller didn’t say what the BBC says that Waller said.
UPDATE 3:45 p.m. ET: As expected, the NFL has disputed the report.