Todd Gurley on international games: “It needs to stop”

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Lest anyone at 345 Park Avenue think Rams running back Todd Gurley isn’t being a good ambassador, he said he likes the idea of playing international games.

But also pointed out the reality of getting to them is a pain in the butt.

The Rams stayed in Jacksonville after last week’s game rather than cross the country again, and flew to London after yesterday’s practice to get ready for Sunday’s “home game” against the Cardinals. Asked about the ability to get into any kind of routine, Gurley made his displeasure clear.

“Terrible,” Gurley said, via Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com. “They need to stop this, all this stuff. This London, this Mexico City stuff, it needs to stop.”

Of course, it’s not going to stop, and for the Rams in particular. They’re expected to play internationally the next two years, until their new stadium is ready in 2020. That and living on the West Coast means they’ll travel more air miles than any team in the league this year, the second year in a row they’ve earned that honor.

“It’s cool playing over there, don’t get me wrong,” Gurley said of London. “Just more of the long week, messes up a bunch of people’s schedules. I’m pretty sure y’all [the media] wanna be in y’all bed right now, too. But naw, it’s all good. It’ll be love. The fans over there are great.”

While complaining about air travel does make him sound like a sports writer, Gurley’s complaint underscores one of the issues the league will have when/if they try to put a team there full time. The logistics of traveling will be a grind on the players and coaches involved, and that creates an extra layer of competitive advantage issues. Whether the league would consider that over the ability to make more money seems doubtful, so players like Gurley are probably going to have to get used to it.

15 responses to “Todd Gurley on international games: “It needs to stop”

  1. I don’t blame him, and his response “colored inside the lines” so that the NFL can’t really complain about it. But the game does nothing for American fans, and yet the product they put on the field is so bad that they can’t keep attendance or ratings up at home. That, where I come from, is bad business.

  2. They just need airplanes that can travel 1,000 miles per hour. They’re coming. It won’t be long. The demand for NFL football worldwide is just too great. The revenue will continue to go up. The players’ salaries will keep increasing. Everyone will be happy.

  3. Actually the league just needs to plan better. East coast teams should fly to Europe and west coast teams should fly to Mexico. Flying from east coast to London is no worse than going from east coast to west coast.

  4. Make Roger Goodell accompany every one of those transatlantic flights and see how long this nonsense lasts. Roger’s the only guy pushing this travesty,so he should be there to enjoy it every step of the way. A permanent case of jet lag might clear his head.

  5. One of the dumbest ideas ever. Just illustrates the owners’ bloodlust for more cash at the expense of the product on the field.

  6. The players should just volunteer to take less money and dump these games. Right, that will happen.

  7. 6thsense10 says:
    October 20, 2017 at 8:05 am
    Actually the league just needs to plan better. East coast teams should fly to Europe and west coast teams should fly to Mexico. Flying from east coast to London is no worse than going from east coast to west coast.

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    It would be very difficult to schedule that correctly.

  8. International business is the future for all companies. This includes the ilk that is the NFL. Too bad Gurley suck it up like many other business associates do each and every day flying to China, India, Russia etc. You go first class with a silver spoon for whatever you do with it, so your argument has no merit.

  9. Anyone else notice the complaint about flying to Mexico City? From L.A., it’s significantly shorter than a flight to the East Coast!

    As for London, I get his complaint. But they are playing the game at 10 a.m. Pacific time, so it’s not like he is playing at 6 a.m. Gurley time.

  10. As a Rams fan, I find to hard to have compassion for TG right now. Went to the game in Jacksonville, after the game I had the pleasure of watching him ignore a special needs kid that travel from GA just to see him and get his autograph. A couple of Rams players pointed the kid out to Gurley, TG looked right at him and continue to converse with his friends. Another player took the kids GA mini helmet and his Todd Gurley Rams jersey to Gurley 3 TIMES before TG finally signed and still never acknowledged the kid (or any other fan for that matter). Great on the field, total jerk off of it. So TG don’t talk about how great the fans are in London, because you probably have dealt with a single one of them. Shut up and play the game. Your statement to me sounds like a diva that doesn’t want do anything that doesn’t benefit you.

  11. They should continue to keep these countries in their back pockets. As the ratings continue to decline, they may need to play more games there than here.

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