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.