Tottenham hopes to share London stadium with NFL team

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With all the talk about the inevitable relocation of one or two NFL teams to Los Angeles, it’s easy to forget that the NFL still intends (or so it periodically says) to uproot another franchise and re-plant it in London.

Some think it’s idle chatter aimed at getting fans in England feeling more warm and fuzzy about the growing slate of games played at Wembley Stadium every year.  Others believe it’s a very real possibility — including a soccer club that doesn’t play at Wembley Stadium.

Per the London Times (via SportsBusiness Daily), Tottenham hopes to share a new venue with the NFL.  The structure would have an artificial field on which the NFL team would play, with a grass field that slides in and out for use by the soccer club.

The stadium also would have larger locker rooms and other features making it more conducive to hosting football games.

Even if a team doesn’t move to London, the NFL seems intent on expanding the annual slate of neutral-site contests, which at some point could match the eight games that one team would play at home in London, without the scheduling quirks that putting one team there would entail, such as two- and three-game home stands, two- and three-week road trips, and playoff games staged in England.  Those games could be moved from Wembley to the Tottenham stadium that would be built in north London.

28 responses to “Tottenham hopes to share London stadium with NFL team

  1. Here we go with this crap. This isn’t the NHL. Why would any team want to move to England? Thanks to Ross, Miami looses another home game going back there again this year. Game will be on at 930am.

  2. Who will pay for renovations ?

    Are the British taxpayers as gullible as those on this side of the pond

  3. Did you guys know that London has 6 professional soccer teams between the EPL and their second tier league? Six!

  4. There will (or should) never be a London team for one simple reason: No Free Agent in their right mind would subject themselves to signing there and draftees would refuse to sign there because there is a monumental disadvantage to playing in London from both a travel and financial (i.e. taxes, Visa’s, etc.) standpoint.

    Let’s be sensible, Roger.

  5. How are they going to serve beverages there? Everyone know Tottenham hardly has any cups.

  6. National Football League. Well if you place a team in London you might as well rebrand yourself, World Football League. That sounds stupid doesn’t it?

    THIS IS AMERICA’S GAME!

  7. …This is a perfect example of of PURE GREED by the owners & Goodell. The NFL really does’nt care what the fans want…or listen to us …..they will cram this London garbage down our throats…like it or not!

  8. You can tell that an American football journalist posted that pic for this article.if you’re gonna post a pic of a Spurs player it’s gotta be striker Harry Kane… The other team that’s shown in that pic is Newcastle United…. And since ol’ porn-stache Kronke owns both the Arsenal “Gunners” futbol club and the Rams football team, just move the Rams to North London and bypass the left coast move. I mean the scRAMS are scramming from STL anyway, right?

  9. Since Robert Kraft appears to be the most vocal leader of the “expand to London” crowd, it only seems logical that he should move his team to London if one moves there. After all, if it is such a grand opportunity for a team, he should jump at the chance.

  10. You can tell that an American football journalist posted that pic for this article.if you’re gonna post a pic of a Spurs player it’s gotta be striker Harry Kane…

    That’s Eric Dier.

    Did you guys know that London has 6 professional soccer teams between the EPL and their second tier league? Six!

    Six in the Premier League alone. Make that eleven if you include the Champioship. Conceivably twelve with Watford.

  11. Lol. Daniel Levy, can’t do anything with a soccer team, what makes you think it’ll work with a football team? He’ll just keep interfering and mess both of them up.

    Also, you don’t see a lot of North American players in the BPL in part because it’s relatively difficult to get all the appropriate paperwork for it. And this is for soccer. In England. The NFL would have at least as hard a time getting players in to play there on a seasonal basis, let alone the players wanting to be out there with all the travel.

  12. Let me try again.

    Did you guys know that London has 6 professional soccer teams between the EPL and their second tier league? Six!

    Six in the Premier League alone. Make that ten if you include the Championship. Conceivably eleven with Watford.

    Counting is trickier than I thought.

  13. The NFL keeps thinking that no matter what, the fans will still be watching and be enthralled regardless. Cuban maybe right because there may be that tipping point where the golden goose egg may see the signs of cracking and the fan’s middle finger will be extended in the direction of the NFL.

  14. Why should we lose the BIG $$ to another country, when our Economy sucks?
    The only winners is that Country and the NFL/Owners. I’d hate to think that the majority of owners (dare I say, American owners, as I believe there are some foreign owners) would want the US to lose that income.

  15. With everything I am learning about Jacksonville and the Jaguars, I can say with a great deal of confidence that the Jaguars will NEVER be (permanently) leaving Jacksonville.

    Owner Shad Khan is investing literally millions of dollars into the Jaguars, the stadium, and the city of Jacksonville itself. He sees the London games as an opportunity to grow the fan base in the still largely untapped “outside the US” population — but the reason is not to uproot the team, it’s to increase revenue opportunities for the Jaguars by making them popular around the world, not just in North Florida.

    Remember how a few years ago we all became aware of the “12s” in Seattle? If the Jaguars have any semblance of success on the field (not a given, geez they’ve been bad) I think the next fan group we’ll all hear about is the “Bold City Brigade” down in Jacksonville. The lazy consensus is that the Jaguars have few and/or bad fans, but don’t believe it. This is a rabid group of crazies that have grown up not knowing anything other than the Jaguars. Not weather and job related transplants — true residents.

    I am SO impressed with what’s going on down there. Again: if you think the Jags are headed for London, LA, or ANYWHERE else — you couldn’t be more wrong.

  16. Let’s get this right…

    Brazilian Kicker13
    “British people are so pampered” – Explain what you mean. I can assure you we Brits are not pampered as you believe we may be.

    Zachebers

    “National Football League. Well if you place a team in London you might as well rebrand yourself, World Football League. That sounds stupid doesn’t it?

    THIS IS AMERICA’S GAME!” – That may be the case but how can Super Bowl champions be referred to as World Champions? You are but one country!? The NFL wants to sell the game globally and the UK is the obvious answer.

    Widerightyouloseagain

    “There’s nothing “premier” about English soccer, they’ve only won 1 World cup back in 1967.

    And that was against Scotland, another perennial loser.” – You seriously need to get your facts straight! England beat West Germany in 1966. One World Cup win it’s true, but one more than your fine nation. Don’t get me wrong, massive problems with the English league and currently a poor national team (as a result of a fine domestic league).

  17. The EPL is an imperfect, but fun, soccer league, and the one I watch the most. The main issue with the national team is that teams have been putting less emphasis on developing domestic talent and instead are buying more international players. It’s the Chelsea/Man. U/Man. City model, and it can be relatively successful if your ownership is willing to spend lots of money.

    But, as a result, there are fewer great players being developed domestically.

    As far as an NFL team in London goes – they’re going to keep pushing this until it happens, but it will be an expensive failure, I think.

    I heard John Mara (Giants owner) on the radio a few weeks ago, and what I found very interesting is that he was adamant that the NFL was not going to expand any time soon, 32 teams is plenty, don’t want to further dilute the talent pool, etc.

    So, if true, that means ANOTHER city is going to be stripped of its NFL team in order to place on in London.

    That SUCKS.

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