Report: NFL planning four games in London next year

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The NFL’s presence in London is set to expand again next year.

For the first time, the league will play four games in London in 2017, London-based radio presenter Will Gavin reports.

The NFL first played a regular-season game in London in 2007 and has had one regular-season game there every year through 2012. In 2013 the NFL expanded to two games in London, and for the last three years the league has played three games in London. Four games would be a first, and another sign that the league is serious about growing its footprint in the United Kingdom.

Other recent revelations about the NFL’s plans for London include the fact that early kickoffs are being scrapped, and games in London will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern. It’s also been revealed that the Jaguars’ annual “home” game in London will be against the Ravens next season.

One thing that is not clear yet is whether the NFL will play three games at Wembley Stadium and one at Twickenham Stadium, or two games at each. Once soccer team Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium opens, likely in time for the 2018 season, the NFL plans to play two games a year at that stadium.

What is very clear is this: The NFL believes it’s in London to stay. American football across the pond isn’t going away.

47 responses to “Report: NFL planning four games in London next year

  1. if it was baseball, with 81 home games/season……what would one series matter? but with 8 home games per team, well, nice way to take care of your season ticket holders, NFL.

    I’m surprised they haven’t added another home preseason game for the ‘home’ teams that play abroad….you know…..as a way of “looking out for the season ticket holders”.

  2. Why don’t they just create the expansion Silly Ninnies next year and be done with it? Then we can still ignore the London games and the 12 British football fans can have their own team…

  3. If I had season tickets and my team had a game taken away from home I’d be pissed.

    Nothing will ever happen though. The fans continue to go to the games and buy their jerseys.

  4. When is enough, enough? It never ends. The whole idea of London is not, and has never been, embraced by any players or fans. The only thing it does is continue to line the owners pockets. Goodell won’t stop increasing revenue streams as long as the owners purse get’s larger and his own salary or bonus does too. Fans be damned.

  5. Too bad the Dolphins were already chosen for next year. This will be the third time when some teams have never had to do it once! It is bad enough, but at least make it fair.

  6. Someone tell me what’s wrong with football going global? Since the Romans established it, London has been a fairly important city. I don’t want to play the race card but the notion NFL players who are predominately African-American won’t want to go there is pretty racist. They do have black people in London I’ll have you know. Does it hurt us in any way that they would get a team? Six hours on a chartered plane? Big deal. Its not you riding it. I sit on my rear 8 hours a day and I’m fine. Dilutes the product? How many hundreds of millions of potential players are out there in the global market? Who cares? We complain about free trade but we don’t want to sell an American product abroad? Just one cogent reason please, I’d love to hear one.

  7. For the first time in three seasons, the Dolphins haven’t had their season interrupted by a London game. They are 7-4 and in a playoff hunt . . .coincidence? There must be stipulations for any team going to London to make it fair. These make sense:

    1) Must be followed by the team’s bye week
    2) No games against a divisional opponent
    3) All 4 teams from the same division must play a London game that season

  8. Whatever. Just finish the games on time so I can go back to watching 60 Minutes when it’s scheduled to be on.

  9. I’m glad the Lions won’t be going over there next year. They don’t send division winners

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    The Bengals won the AFCN last year and were rewarded by the NFL with a home game in London this season, so I don’t think the above statement is correct.

  10. Looks like the Bears, Jags, 49ers & Browns will all be “hosting” London games next year. My condolences to the faithful fans.

  11. Such a dumb idea. I bet the majority of the players will not want to play for a team across the pond. The constant traveling back and forth with jet lag will take a toll. In free agency, no one will want to move their family to London when with NFL contracts, you can be cut anytime. I can imagine people would take less to not play overseas. Wouldn’t doubt whatever team they come up with, the Browns would be able to beat them.

  12. murst says:
    Nov 30, 2016 5:09 PM

    I’m glad the Lions won’t be going over there next year. They don’t send division winners

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    The Bengals won the AFCN last year and were rewarded by the NFL with a home game in London this season, so I don’t think the above statement is correct.

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    You’re correct. My bad

  13. People on here act like London is Detroit or Cleveland. How many people complaining about London have actually been there? It’s one of best cities in the world. The education system there is amazing. Low crime. Don’t have to worry about getting shot. Teams won’t have to worry about so-and-so getting arrested for having a gun in their car or shooting themselves in a strip club. Taxes are high but you don’t think the NFL will consider that? Look at how many soccer (football) clubs are in London and how many foreign athletes play for those clubs. Telling me 53 plus practice squad players can’t acclimate to London?

  14. There is a certain perverse symmetry in trying even harder to export something that doesn’t really resemble American football anymore.

  15. Fascinated by some of the comments here. Let’s address a couple:

    “12 British fans” – have you been to a London game? 80,000 sell-outs every time. The game is big here, and growing. Many of us are pretty clued up on the intricacies of the sport. Why not embrace the development of the game rather than patronising?

    “Fans be damned” – so only US fans matter? Wow. Isolationism!

    I agree that London teams should have a bye week either the week before or after. Having said that, New York to London is about 4,000 miles and it’s nearly 3,000 to Seattle so it’s not as if teams aren’t used to long journeys.

    So please, try to see the bigger picture and reflect on what others gain just as much as what you might miss out on by having London games. We love the games here, long may they continue.

  16. The NFL owners and Goodell don’t care about their American fan base… they will willingly loss one American fan to gain two foreign fans every time. Welcome to Globalization suckers!

  17. Why? Nobody cares for the games over there. Forget going across the pond and cross the river. Mexico is where the crowd is….except for the laser beam.

  18. stevejjones says:
    Nov 30, 2016 4:51 PM
    “Does it hurt us in any way that they would get a team? Six hours on a chartered plane? Big deal.”

    Hmm . . . I tend to forget all 32 teams fly out of JFK for their away games.

  19. Move the Jags over there already. They have one foot out of Jax as it is. The London team’s schedule will be 4 away, 4 home (byes start), 4 away, 4 home. When they are away, they will stay here for the month or so. Any team that plays them there has their bye the following week. It’s not that big a deal. The English guys here convinced me. Might as well embrace it. Anyone I know that went over there for a road trip has had nothing but glowing things to say about it.

  20. stevejjones says:

    Someone tell me what’s wrong with football going global?
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    We voted “no” to globalism a few weeks ago.

  21. stevejjones says:
    Nov 30, 2016 4:51 PM

    Someone tell me what’s wrong with football going global? Since the Romans established it, London has been a fairly important city. I don’t want to play the race card but the notion NFL players who are predominately African-American won’t want to go there is pretty racist. They do have black people in London I’ll have you know.

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    That may have been the single most ignorant post I have ever come across. This has nothing to do with race you pathetic fool. It has to do with the continued dilution of a product that is already diluted, not respecting the current fan base and it’s needs (especially season ticket holders) It has nothing to do with the city of London, although it may have to do with how well the last World League worked. This isn’t F1, or even soccer (which isn’t very popular here by comparison at the pro level). This is a game that people are hoping can get back to something of its roots, hard hitting fun with less flash and more pizazz. Everything in the world doesn’t have to come down to race.

  22. Let me guess…

    Raiders play away game in Seattle on Monday night, then Thursday night in London, followed by two back to back weeks on the east coast.

    Oh, and it’s “just random” that it worked out that way.

    #NFLratingssux

  23. The only teams eligible for games in London should be teams with losing records that do not sellout their own stadiums.

  24. As a English guy living in the USA I am totally on board that no team should be located outside of the USA and for many reasons.

    That said I cannot believe how many people think that fans over in Europe do not know about the game, they do, they know as much as the ‘average’ fan over here.

    Dont let your dislike of the situation blur your vision of a what makes a ‘fan’.

  25. I’m excited to fly across the pond to see the resurgent Ravens play as the “visiting team” — no home games lost. The UK is a great country to visit and the natives all speak English — sorta. Local rumor mill has the game being scheduled late September, which is a perfect time to visit Britain.

    Good for the NFL to carefully grow the product across the globe.

  26. You NEVER hear any details from the NFL concerning brand recognition or fan growth in England. If there was anything positive at all on those fronts Goodell would be mentioning it every single day.

    To London, the NFL is just like the circus or a rock concert. It will fill a stadium every once in a while but nobody is excited enough to want it in town permanently.

  27. I know that the fans in Mexico are passionate, but Mexico City will never compare to London as a game destination. The elevation, smog and field conditions are horrible. So if there must be international games, can we just keep it in the UK? (I know this will never happen, but a man can dream, can’t he?)

  28. theright0pinion says:
    Nov 30, 2016 5:55 PM

    The NFL owners and Goodell don’t care about their American fan base… they will willingly loss one American fan to gain two foreign fans every time.
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    Let me guess: You do not own a business?

  29. Keep alienating your fans NFL !!! As an east coast Raider fan (for 40 yrs) I get to see them play live once a year if I’m very lucky (As I was this year when the Ravens finished in 3rd place last season) In 2017 the Raiders play AT the Eagles (hour from me ) and at the Redskins, 3-3 1/2 hrs away, I want to go to both games, but definitely will go tot he Eagle/Raiders game. Now if greedy Goodall and his band of Billionaires moves either game to the UK, I will be pissed !!!

  30. Don’t believe it’s as clear as you think. Focusing solely on over-saturation won’t work in the U.K. as effectively as it does in the U.S. As the product evolves from novelty, interest will wane.

  31. As I suspected, no one gave a reason other than the arguments I already obliterated. And there was one low iq person who thinks I made it about race. I guess we wouldn’t want the Olympics to get diluted either huh? All that globalization ruined it. It should be Greeks only and never more than 26 miles from Marathon.

  32. NFL Europe was a complete failure. Stop the whole Europe thing. Waste of time and money even though Goodell wants a team in England to be his legacy. Geez what an idiot.

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