NFL “monitoring” situation in UK

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Everyone is trying make sense of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. That includes the NFL.

“We are monitoring and have been in contact with our UK office,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT by email. “We head into the 2016 season in strong shape with the 3 UK games already nearing sell outs again — a testament to the strong and passionate fan base there — and all key media, sponsorship and licensing partnerships locked in.”

For the NFL, the bigger question becomes the viability of the British experiment beyond 2016. With Prime Minister David Cameron already resigning, major changes seem to be coming to United Kingdom. At some point, those changes could make the league’s ongoing relationship with the nation not viable.

At a minimum, any talk of a team moving to England will surely subside until more is known about the future of the UK following the vote to leave the EU.

80 responses to “NFL “monitoring” situation in UK

  1. Why would a Brexit have any bearing on a fans desire to attend a sporting event?

    Do NFL fans in the UK base their decision to whether to attend a game on their countries decision to exit the EU?

    Will there be some crazy tax increase on NFL games in the UK?

    Will the NFL having games in the UK anger the rest of Europe so that they won’t be allowed to view NFL games?

    I can’t imagine this will have any impact.

  2. I don’t see why the NFL can’t play games in the UK anymore? This seems a bit of a stretch.

  3. Nothing’s changing. Just typical hand-wringing and chicken-little fretting. The world won’t end just because some Brits found the backbone to stand up to elitist lawyers. The NFL can continue with plans to globalize America’s sport and piss off life-long fans. At least until the Brexit fever takes serious root here.

  4. “We have sent our crack investigative squad to England and will give you a report soonest.” – Roger Goodell as he Google “EU”

  5. Of course its a stretch. This is Progressive Football Talk suggesting the NFL should punish the UK for not voting “properly”.

  6. They better not play one of my “home games” over there. And they sure as hell better not expect me to pay for it unless they pay for me to attend.

  7. As a European, I can assure you that Brexit will have absolutely no impact on the NFL. It seems to me that the author’s side of the issue lost on election day, and he is intent on claiming that the sky is falling. It is not.

    Most of the “evolved” folks in the Metro areas seem to think they know more about which future direction is correct for the UK. Unfortunately for them, they are out voted by the “common” majority that believe otherwise.

    In truth, the majority see clearly that the country is headed for big changes, and they do not want to continue down that road. It is simply really – even though the losing side will try to make is sound catastrophic.

    I’m sorry that the author if this story has had his feelings hurt, but the majority of Brits are feeling great today.

  8. It’s about money boys….that’s the panic! The pound is falling like a rock thanks to the fear mongers.

    Goodell is scared the value isn’t as enticing as before.

    But really who cares, this issue is 10x bigger than the NFL.

    This is about a nation standing up for what’s right. Independence and sovereignty!

    No longer will the Brits be ruled by a figure head representing other countries economies, politics, and tons of other BS that their nation has no control over.

    This is a landmark victory for the people of Britain. Sure, there will be some economic pain, but the EU and the idea of a one world economy and trade agreements only never come to fruition.

    This is a huge middle finger to the banking elites that want to control all currencies and monetary policy.

    I would love to see George Soros right now….what an old, greedy, manipulator. Him and his friends failed.

    My only hope is the US can follow suit going forward. Our national identity and sovereignty is becoming an afterthought with illegals coming in at will; and with the idea that trade agreements won’t kill middle class jobs. These jobs will somehow be replaced with magical jobs that will just appear out of thin air.

  9. “Everyone is trying make sense of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.”

    Not all of us, and over 50% of England.

  10. The UK can’t leave the EU for at least two years. Invoking Article 50 starts a long negotiation period. The NFL has no reason to do anything but watch and wait.

  11. Why would a Brexit have any bearing on a fans desire to attend a sporting event?

    Do NFL fans in the UK base their decision to whether to attend a game on their countries decision to exit the EU?

    Will there be some crazy tax increase on NFL games in the UK?

    Will the NFL having games in the UK anger the rest of Europe so that they won’t be allowed to view NFL games?

    I can’t imagine this will have any impact.

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    Its more about the NFL in europe. How many of the fans attending these games are EU fans traveling to England to see it? Was the NFLs market in the UK slashed by the entirety of the EU once travel restrictions and boarder security go back into effect?

  12. Who is “the NFL” in regards to this story?

    My guess it is the financial brokers for the owners.
    They, like everyone else who invests, have lost money today.

    Look out, as the CEO32 will try to recoup that money at your expense.

  13. ravishingronald says:
    Jun 24, 2016 12:47 PM
    Here’s all you need to know about the vote. The hard working middle class got tired of funding everyone else.
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    Amen. Hope that happens here in America too. Trump!!

  14. I can’t wait to see Florio’s first article if Trump wins- “NFL considering move to Canada for 2017”

  15. I was a bit worried about this whole Brexit situation. But now that the NFL’s on the case, my mind is totally at ease. Can Roger Goodell be the new Prime Minister?

  16. the billionaires that are hell bent on globalization likely are biting nails today but for everyman this is a victory. Hopefully a clarion call to action for other citizens of the world to put the bankers ,career politicians,bureaucrats and lawyers in the penalty box until they look after the interests of the people as a whole instead of just their own bank accounts.

  17. If the NFL was really concerned with the economics of where it played football, the NFL would have left Cleveland years ago…

    oh wait…or at least not have returned to Cleveland years ago.

  18. metalup666 says:
    Jun 24, 2016 1:16 PM
    Trump backs this move by the UK? So was it a partially rascist motivated move then?
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    Some would argue that it’s xenophobic, bordering on racism since part of this relates to the British strengthening its borders to protect themselves against people from a certain religion who come from certain countries. I am not one of them. Great Britain has every right to do this. Border control and terrorism are a real problem in the EU.

  19. This is a kick in the crotch for the one world government and economy movement.

    That’s why Obama is so upset at the UK and Trump.

  20. Given Donald Trump’s endorsement of the Brexit vote, the woeful financial shape of his campaign and the his dismal personal history of business failure, the NFL should be worried.

  21. “British experiment”? The “British experiment” was being in the EU. The experiment failed.

  22. The “leave” voters polled heavily elderly and uneducated…is it shocking that so many PFT commenters are behind them?

  23. Ted Wells is in charge of the recount. What was the result you wanted? Can transgenders use the rest rooms there? Do they speak english?

  24. All change brings pain for some but for the UK the temporary pain is worth the gain of getting back their own self respect and dignity. Europe is a prime example of how bad open borders are for all citizens

    This is no longer racist,nits today’s reality. There are certain segments of the worlds population that are hell bent on driving the modern world back in time about 5000 years. Have to scrap this racist world and replace it with self survival word.

  25. Nationalists 7 Globalists 0

    Last two real presidents the U.S. has had were John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. It’s not about Republicans/Democrats anymore, folks.

    #MakeAmericaGreatAgain

  26. So is the NFL not going to play in the UK now that they have declared their INDEPENDENCE from the oppressive and socialist/globalist EU?

    Message to the NFL: You are NOT bound by the liberal rules of political correctness!

    If the NFL said that they would still play in London, or hold owners meetings in North Carolina, I would buy more NFL gear just to support that.

    Destroy the reigns of liberal tyranny and oppression!

  27. tonyzendejas says:
    Jun 24, 2016 1:52 PM
    The “leave” voters polled heavily elderly and uneducated…is it shocking that so many PFT commenters are behind them?

    or perhaps it is those who do not worship at the altar of the mighty pound/dollar and those with enough life experience and wisdom to ignore the indoctrination that passes for education these days !

  28. I’ve many Brit friends and relatives, and I’m sorry to have to inform Roger, and Florio, that shockingly not once was the possibility of the NFL pulling out of London brought up as an issue – let alone the most important one. Lol.

    Once the markets settle down, the only issue is with potential fans traveling to London games from outside England having to fill out a visitors’ visa card while they sit on the plane/train/coach. Oh, they have to carry their passport – but Europeans traveling to anywhere in the EU are advised to do that anyway as their primary EU-recognized ID (and they can’t board an an internal-EU plane without one). So mainly it’s just filling in the dumb card while you watch some dumb film – just like other international travelers. But on the PLUS SIDE – the Brits can now stop dangerous undesirables from traveling to London – so most fans will be better off.

  29. jerry944 says:
    Jun 24, 2016 1:14 PM
    Use this as an excuse to stop playing over..they have futball we have real football..
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    No, they invented football – both Association (soccer) and Rugby. We have American Football, which is based on their rugby.

  30. mongo3401 says:
    Jun 24, 2016 2:27 PM

    There are certain segments of the worlds population that are hell bent on driving the modern world back in time about 5000 years.

    ******************************************************************************

    Absolutely true. I even saw a video about one of these people the other day. I think he’s running for Congress in Tennessee, goes by the name of Rick Tyler.

  31. justwinbaby29 says:
    Jun 24, 2016 2:28 PM

    Nationalists 7 Globalists 0

    Last two real presidents the U.S. has had were John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. It’s not about Republicans/Democrats anymore, folks.

    #MakeAmericaGreatAgain
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    Ronald Reagan? That guy was a disaster to this country.

  32. wisdom to ignore the indoctrination that passes for education these days !

    Apt comment from a person whose login contains a misspelled name.

  33. If we are to concern ourselves with football on the day of a major economic and political event, why not the NFL in London? It will be cheaper for American’s to travel there for a while and spend money on other things for a while. but those who call the Pound their primary currency won’t have the same ease to go to a game. It’s likely that it will be much more expensive going forward. Welcome to American athletics ticket pricing. I haven’t studied up enough on the issue regarding the exit from the EU but I do know it’s not immediate so there’s no real effect here any time soon. The markets will react like they would to anything else. And they will probably drop more for the next few weeks and then we will be back to the regular old stock market game. It will be interesting to watch what happens to the UK’s economy though. I do think we as a planet are better off working together but it seems like the EU had too much power and the countries involved didn’t get enough say. If countries want to have different immigration policies, fine. If you want to have different monetary policies, fine. If you are a wealthy country and don’t want to support the poor decision making of other countries without real compensation, fine. But don’t be surprised if Scotland and Northern Ireland bolt the UK now either. They voted to stay and should be able to do so. How novel of an idea is it that America might have a recession NOT of it’s own doing? Sure enough, if the UK/England catches a cold, America is all but certain to get sick as well.

  34. I don’t see the corporations of England leaving because of this vote so why would the NFL care?

  35. justwinbaby29 says:
    Jun 24, 2016 2:28 PM
    Nationalists 7 Globalists 0

    Last two real presidents the U.S. has had were John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. It’s not about Republicans/Democrats anymore, folks.

    #MakeAmericaGreatAgain

    ———————

    These two presidents couldn’t be more different. If you think Reagan was great than you really shouldn’t have a problem with any president since him as they have all been similar. Don’t expect much from a Trump voter though.

  36. wow!
    the WWNFL is feeling a bit self important these days!

    but then again, they are also the ones that forgot that the N in NFL stands for NATIONAL not INTERNATIONAL….

    greedy scumbags.

  37. tonyzendejas says:
    Jun 24, 2016 1:52 PM

    The “leave” voters polled heavily elderly and uneducated…is it shocking that so many PFT commenters are behind them?
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    Your freshly minted degree in Asian dance study isn’t a real degree, and neither are the other fake degrees that offer nothing that your young compatriots are getting (seriously, more valuable things come out of 25 cent vending machines). Likely because you protest that STEM course study is too demanding.

    Try the dedication required to get an electrical engineering degree like mine and you’ll understand the comments and the commenter’s motivation.

    But since you won’t, those who are older know that when rights are taken away they never, ever, ever come back. Think about that when you shout down someone else’s right to free speech because…feelings.

  38. Like it said in the article, they only wanted to make sure that all that sponsorship $$$ is still lined up. Or should I say sponsorship £££.

  39. A countries people would like their own government to determine the direction of their country? What a shock! Stay out of it NFL, don’t step in it like Obama did.

  40. I live in Britain. The lights still come on when I flip the switch, the sun still comes up. Leaving the EU has no meaningful impact on the NFL’s games in London or Europe. Take a breath and move on.. .

  41. So glad the NFL buffoons are monitoring the situation. I’m sure they’ve got it under control. The most corrupt organization in the history of sports.

  42. If Obama is upset, it must be good.
    The EU is a police state group of leftists and their decision will have little effect on the NFL.
    Besides, we have enough NFL growth interest in the USA and look for Las Vegas, Portland and maybe Mexico City and/or Toronto.
    Good for the Brits.
    Kick the UN out of the USA for a daily double

  43. tonyzendejas says:
    Jun 24, 2016 3:27 PM
    wisdom to ignore the indoctrination that passes for education these days !

    Apt comment from a person whose login contains a misspelled name.

    the misspelling is done intentionally , it is a great way to snuff out grammar goons that argue spelling /punctuation but are bereft of originality or independent thought, sounds kinda like they have been indoctrinated or something !

  44. Funny how the media constantly demands people get n line or face consequences. It is bizarre and odd to me that there are a whole bunch of people I the USA that believe no one should be able to think for themselves and that the folks demanding change will do all the thinking and make all the rules.

    The NFL will play in the UK so long as there is money to be made there. They are n the business to make money. So long as fans n Europe will buy tickets, the games will be played. It doesn’t matter who thinks the UK should be punished for not respecting a certain ideology.

  45. Why is the NFL so worried about Britain and that result. Its not having a collapse, and the Brits are quite capable of running their own country thank you very much. Done it before, and don’t need Belgium and the EU telling them how to do things. Good for the ones who voted “out” and we can still enjoy our sports by the way too!!! Most people here have no clue what has gone on, so don’t worry yourselves about it, everything there will be fine. Donald got himself over there just in time, to get in on the act!!!!!

  46. bigotshamer says:
    Jun 24, 2016 12:39 PM
    The British economy is going to tank and thousands of jobs will be lost. Still can’t imagine this will have any impact?
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    So why would that happen. Every country on the globe is trying to devalue their currency. In fact the Japanese have been doing everything in their power for nearly 2 decades to get a result like the Brits got in one day, a devaluation of 15%!

    That means that British cars, and booze and scones and guns, and everything else will be that much more affordable to the rest of the world. It ill be a boon for the working people in Britain if they want a job.

    That the Brits begging off the EU is a big deal is actually funny. Why should it be? They are not part of the Euro. They are not part of the Schengen Area (open borders).

    The entire issue is that the Brits have thrown off the control of the un-elected technocrats in Brussels. Those in power don’t give it up freely. The technocrats are not going to sit idly by and allow the rest of the EU countries to see a happy GB free of the BS.

    They have to create fear, create pain and they have a central bank to do it. And I do not doubt for a second that the ECB, IMF and Fed are causing the market turmoils for the express reason to send a shock down the leg of Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands, Czech Rep, and the rest so that they don’t schedule a referendum next week to vote to leave too.

    The only country that wants to stay is Germany because the EU was set up as a way for them to create a unfair market for their goods, for them to finance the other countries and bury them under piles of debt that cannot be repaid. The problem for Germany is that if these counties leave then they are going to get paid back in worthless Drachmas, Francs and all manner of other “currencies” that they will find worthless.

  47. “The British economy is going to tank and thousands of jobs will be lost.”
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    ^ We’ve got a real original thinker here. They didn’t just repeat what the news told them to think or anything.

  48. The “leave” voters polled heavily elderly and uneducated…is it shocking that so many PFT commenters are behind them?
    _____________________________

    Sounds a lot like Obama voters.

  49. dynastyposeiden says:
    Jun 24, 2016 1:11 PM
    the billionaires that are hell bent on globalization likely are biting nails today but for everyman this is a victory. Hopefully a clarion call to action for other citizens of the world to put the bankers ,career politicians,bureaucrats and lawyers in the penalty box until they look after the interests of the people as a whole instead of just their own bank accounts.

    ________________________________
    So many ridiculously stupid people out there……..smh

  50. intrafinesse says:
    Jun 24, 2016 12:29 PM
    Why would a Brexit have any bearing on a fans desire to attend a sporting event?

    Do NFL fans in the UK base their decision to whether to attend a game on their countries decision to exit the EU?

    Will there be some crazy tax increase on NFL games in the UK?

    Will the NFL having games in the UK anger the rest of Europe so that they won’t be allowed to view NFL games?

    I can’t imagine this will have any impact.
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    Right because the pound plunging to it’s lowest level since 1985 won’t effect a thing.

    Really, people?

  51. The ignorance is most replies is scary. If you think Brexit was a good thing I hope you don’t value the pound which is worth less than it was 35 years ago and now that the dollar is stronger it’s going to take a toll on American exports. Isolationism has benefits, but in a Global market has tons of pitfalls. If Scotland stays with the EU good luck in a recession…

  52. Well, once Southern California is fully transitioned to Mexico the NFL will have its international teams with the Rams amd the Chargers.

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