NFL schedules early London kickoff for Saints-Dolphins

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The NFL isn’t done with early kickoffs to accommodate fans in London.

The league confirmed today that the October 1 Saints-Dolphins game will kick off at Wembley Stadium at 2:30 p.m. London time, which is 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. That runs contrary to a report last season that the league had decided to cancel the early kickoffs.

The London games have been controversial, with many American fans not liking seeing their games taken overseas and not liking having to get up early. However, some fans enjoy having breakfast with the NFL on Sundays, and the earlier kickoffs can help the NFL attract more fans in Europe.

For at least one game this year, the NFL has decided to keep up the early kickoffs. The kickoff times of the other three London games have not been determined.

50 responses to “NFL schedules early London kickoff for Saints-Dolphins

  1. When I think about the NFL making decisions like this I picture a bunch of monkeys at a conference table squealing and throwing bananas at each other.

  2. people across the pond HATE American football.
    they Love foutball/soccer or whatever, and rugby. that’s it.

    why accommodate people that don’t like it and ruin a perfectly good Sunday for those that have have bought tickets and merchandise for decades???

    most over there find OUR football confusing and can’t stand the constant stop/start in game action.

  3. I love it. Football all damned day. You’re either sleeping or getting an early start to game day. That’s a great problem to have.

  4. I love the 9:30a kickoff. Last year when the Jags did the early kickoff, I got my buzz on with Bloody Mary’s. After all, who doesn’t love a good day buzz?

  5. jagsfan4ever says:
    Apr 10, 2017 3:54 PM
    I love the 9:30a kickoff. Last year when the Jags did the early kickoff, I got my buzz on with Bloody Mary’s. After all, who doesn’t love a good day buzz?
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    You have to have a buzz to watch the Jaguars, day or night.

  6. It’s just like in sea world with dolphin shows at 9:30, 1, 4 and 8;30. Nobody cares about the football dolphins

  7. bkostela says:
    Apr 10, 2017 3:47 PM
    I love the 9:30 games. And let’s face it, the NFL caters to the East Coast.

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    People on the west coast go outside and ride their bikes or something. It’s winter on the east coast. Everyone is watching.

  8. RandyinRoxbury says:
    Apr 10, 2017 4:30 PM
    All those Dolphin fans in Hawaii will have a long Saturday night for sure.
    Yikesssssss
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    Both of them should be just fine

  9. A bunch of really old monkeys!

    “When I think about the NFL making decisions like this I picture a bunch of monkeys at a conference table squealing and throwing bananas at each other.”

  10. on a Sunday in California at 630 am, wife and kids sleeping and NFL on, I have never been Happier!! Go Hawks. Guess the Hawks will never know what its like in England..

  11. Games played outside the U.S. suck.
    They are all about the greed of the owners trying to squeeze every last buck out of their brand. They couldn’t care less about the fans who have supported their teams for decades.

  12. Irritating. People on the west coast aren’t going to watch a 6am football game, and it is annoying for Fantasy Football having to set your lineup early.

  13. I live on the west coast and I love the 6 am games. I’m usually up by then even on the weekends. I don’t see why people complain about these early games or Thursday games either. The way I see it, the more football, the better. Even if I don’t like the match-up, it’s at leat another option on TV. Or something to follow for your fantasy league. And there’s nothing on at that time anyway except for infomercials or sportscenter highlights.

  14. Yeah 6:30am must suck you west coast folks for one or two games a year… but hey at least you can watch MNF every week and be to bed by 9pm. Quit whining.

  15. I’m on the west coast and seriously the only problem I have with early games is for my weekly football pool and fantasy football. Other than that I just won’t watch if the teams are terrible, but they are usually better to watch than the terrible pregame shows.

  16. Frazier28/7 says:
    Apr 10, 2017 3:51 PM

    people across the pond HATE American football.
    they Love foutball/soccer or whatever, and rugby. that’s it.

    why accommodate people that don’t like it and ruin a perfectly good Sunday for those that have have bought tickets and merchandise for decades???

    most over there find OUR football confusing and can’t stand the constant stop/start in game action.

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    You couldn’t be more wrong. I have a lot of family & friends in England and they actually love our football. With that said, they seem to really like a few teams and could care less about the others. But regardless of the fact that they actually do like American football I still don’t think a team should move there. It does well as kind of an occasional event. I don’t think it would be as big as a permanent thing.

  17. I imagine the fins will play New England right after without a bye week but patriot fans “Goodell is out to get us”. But year in and year out the schedule is set up with things like that patriot fans can’t understand.

  18. Oh no on the west cost it starts at 630 AM?

    Yet No one cares about the MNF games that run into Tuesday on the East Coast, so maybe just let this one slide….

  19. The games sell out, Brits love the atmosphere and game, commenting consistently it’s like a SBowl or Olympics type feeling.

    Too bad the teams and games suck though.

  20. Amazing..no one mentioned that the reason this game was scheduled so early for the US but early afternoon in London is because Jay Ajayi’s relatives might not want to go to the game at night–Ajayi was born there so maybe he has relatives there as well.

  21. Living in Shanghai, the London early games are amazing. They come on at 9:30 pm Sunday night (10:30 once daylight savings is repealed), making it a lot easier to stay up for the normal start times (1 am and 4 am, 2 and 5 after DST goes). As a Seahawk fan, most of the games I’m trying to see are the late games. So I have to stay up real late or get up stupid early. Nice to have a game on at a human time now and then.

    Also, living here I have a lot of friends from all iver the world. I know a lot of British and Australian people who love the NFL. Yes, growing the brand is about money for the league. Of course it is. But we are already seeing parents keep their kids our of football in America. In 20 years the talent pool will be smaller in America, despite there likely being more teams by then. Making the sport go worldwide will greatly increase the talent pool over time, which is a good thing for fans. So I’m quite happy they are going global, and I look forward to seeing a game in China in the near future. Ive already been to an NBA game and also saw the first regular season NCAA basketball game played abroad, right here in Shanghai. The world loves America for the most part, and wants to share in our fun. It’s a good thing.

  22. “People on the west coast go outside and ride their bikes or something. It’s winter on the east coast. Everyone is watching.”
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    A 48 degree winter morning in Miami is a news event and a weather alert.

    A 48 degree winter morning in LA is perfectly normal.

  23. Well as an east coast person I really like the early London game. Live football before real football at 1. IMO its payback for all of the Thursday, Sunday, Monday night games I fall asleep before it ends at 1AM

  24. I don’t mind the early kickoff, but if I am someone who has season tickets and one of my home games gets taken away I would be pretty angry.

  25. I may tune in if the weather here is really nasty. otherwise, nope. I don’t even like watching the afternoon games until maybe late November, unless there’s a steady rain.

    time is too precious.

  26. bkostela says:
    Apr 10, 2017 3:47 PM
    I love the 9:30 games. And let’s face it, the NFL caters to the East Coast.
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    47% and 33% of the nations population live in the eastern and central time zones. That’s 80% of the country. Yes, it makes sense for the NFL to cater to the vast majority of the country. BTW, I like the early games………..when I can remember they’re on.

  27. West coast teams playing in the east, during the regular season normally start at 10 am pacific time. So no biggie for a 6:30am London game….. I do feel for the east coast fans that have TNF, SNF and MNF all season long, starting at what 8-8:30 pm est…going to 11-midnight?..uggg….It is, what it is….

  28. Whose home game is it? Saints or Fins?
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    I believe its the Fins home game

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