Michael Bidwill has concerns about having NFL team based in UK

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Cardinals President Michael Bidwill expresses doubt the NFL will have a team based in the UK in the near future. Bidwill, in London this week assessing facilities at Wembley and Twickenham ahead of the NFL’s games there this season, told Sky Sports News HQ that the league will “continue to study it, but I don’t think there’s any timeline out there.”

For the 10th consecutive season, the NFL will play games in London. The Cardinals will play the Rams at Twickenham on Oct. 22, while the Vikings face the Browns there on Oct. 29. Wembley will host the Ravens and Jaguars on Sept. 24 and the Dolphins and Saints on Oct. 1.

But scheduling teams to play one game in the UK obviously is much different than having a team based there.

“We’re getting a lot of support for the NFL over here, but I think one of the big things is going to be the travel; the different time zones and how it might impact the athletes playing here and traveling to play here,” Bidwill said, via Sophie Morris of Sky Sports News HQ. “One of the things we really care about is our players’ health. We want to see how this is going to impact the athlete and we want to make sure that there is no competitive imbalance.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft appears more optimistic, insisting the NFL will have a team in London. It is a prediction he has made for several years now.

“Now we play four games a year in London and sell tickets to 80,000 people and we’re going to have a team in London,” Kraft said, speaking at Cannes Lions as part of an interview with WPP Group CEO Martin Sorrell via the New York Post. “We’re playing the Raiders in Mexico and have plans to play in Germany, Canada and Brazil and China. I don’t know why not France?”

24 responses to “Michael Bidwill has concerns about having NFL team based in UK

  1. They seem to care more about the fans they don’t have then the ones that they do have. Focus on the domestic product first NFL.

  2. Gooddell and his PC, multi culture suck up staff have no problems. Let Kap be involved. Win/Win for Gooddell
    He probably is thinking about the Iranian Iron workers and the Havana Hyenas as potential team sites

  3. Finally an owner speaks the truth about this stupid concept! Thank you Mr Bidwell.
    The game is doing well. It doesn’t need to become a global competition. Occasional overseas games don’t matter too much, but forced relocations won’t succeed.

  4. You’d have to have a whole division over there. Four teams. So all eight of their home games would be in Europe, plus their three away games against the division. 11 of 16 games on their side of the pond would help fight the competitive imbalance.

    Eventually, you build the presence over there big enough so that half the league is over there. 32 teams spread throughout Europe, playing mostly against European teams. They’ll have their own conference.

    Their champion plays our champion in the Super Duper Bowl or whatever. The North American Champion will dominate the first decade like the NFC did over the AFC at first, but eventually it’ll all even out.

  5. I’m not sure why people get so worried that football will become popular elsewhere in the world. Let it happen. It’s great for the sport.

    Right now it is certainly helpful for teams like JAX to make some extra nickels.

  6. I travel to Europe and Asia regularly for work and have no problem with the trips. And the work is a grind and I’m going 18-20 hours a day when I’m overseas.

    And an NFL owner claiming to care about player safety is laughable. We all know they care about nothing unless they think they can be sued for it.

  7. jjfootball says:
    Jun 23, 2017 5:03 PM
    Nobody I mean nobody wants an NFL team in Europe

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    Except the NFL commissioner that reports to the NFL owners who own the NFL.

  8. Someone needs to invent going anywhere in the world in an hour. That’s better than any AI, self driving car, or gadget.

  9. orangedestroyer says:
    Jun 23, 2017 5:03 PM
    Gooddell and his PC, multi culture suck up staff have no problems. Let Kap be involved. Win/Win for Gooddell
    He probably is thinking about the Iranian Iron workers and the Havana Hyenas as potential team sites

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    The NFL is already multi-cultural. Lots of players from around the world.

  10. As a UK NFL fan – I can tell you this is unlikely to work for 1 big reason – we already all have a team!

    All the fans that go to the London games already follow a team – they won’t stop doing that for a new London franchise!

    I mean, why would we? Are the players going to be British? No! They will be American, just like our current teams – who cares where they play their home games?

    I think the NFL brass think they are propping up the popularity of the UK series by making these nonsense pronouncements – someone should tell them that we don’t want a UK based team.

  11. As a UK NFL fan – I can tell you this is unlikely to work for 1 big reason – we already all have a team!

    All the fans that go to the London games already follow a team – they won’t stop doing that for a new London franchise!

    I mean, why would we? Are the players going to be British? No! They will be American, just like our current teams – who cares where they play their home games?

    I think the NFL brass think they are propping up the popularity of the UK series by making these nonsense pronouncements .

  12. Hearing player safety comments regarding travel from a silver spoon second generation owner that supports Thursday night games when his real concern is the competitive disadvantage from travel for his own team is just vile. Blank, Ross and Kraft have all gone on record at some point in the past year recognizing it is more a matter of when not if there will be a London team. Realistic fans should support the idea, better London should get it’s own team than the league continues pirating home games away from existing teams.

  13. Their top tax rate is 39%.

    I get drafted by a UK team, I sit a year. No free agent will sign.

    I’m surprised more players don’t sign in Seattle, Tenn. Florida and Texas (future Nevada) , vs. places like California that hit you over the head.

    I’m sure some do, and those 7 teams (soon to be 8) would be first on my list to sign.

  14. The NFL should start a developmental league that recruits the best players out of high school and junior colleges. Set them up with small colleges that offer accelerated degree programs but meet only once or twice a week. You can walk away with a bachelors degree in 2 years for $20,000 or less per student.

    That gives more time for premier athletes to develop into NFL prospects and learn NFL techniques and schemes.

  15. Remake the nfl Europe teams…. get them in all the cities they want then we have our super bowl they have theirs, the 2 champs play for a world title then

  16. Why not have a team in Israel ?? Their national security is not crippled by political correctness, so they are way, way safer than London or anywhere else in England.

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