It’s easy to scoff at the NFL’s apparent desire to challenge soccer as the dominant international sport. While pro football steadily has become a bigger and bigger part of the American sports landscape, there’s no way that American football ever will take a dent out of the other kind of fútbol, right?
Americans would have said the same thing about pro football and baseball in the 1930s and previously.
So it’s a very long-term plan. It began with preseason games in other countries, continued with the minor league that had more names than teams, and now has progressed to one regular-season game per year — soon to be the same home team for at least four straight years and likely two regular-season games per year.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft has said that time has come for a team to move there. Once that happens, the next step would be to play a Super Bowl in London.
And it would go from there. Slowly, steadily, but surely. As more human beings realize the excitement and drama and pageantry of the game, they will realize it’s as exciting as soccer.
In time, they could even decide — like we have with baseball — that it’s even more exciting.
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