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Put the Games In London to Rest Already

Franchise In London? Unrealistic

The owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, recently stated, “I personally think we should have a franchise in London, and that is something I am going to push for, “I think I said that the last time we were over here in 2009 and before this next decade is out, I hope we have a team here. I think that would be right for the NFL, and this fan base has proven they deserve it.”

With all due respect to Mr. Kraft, how about worrying about the current fan base? It’s unrealistic and there are already too many negatives to the current regular season games in London. The idea of London games and now the lobbing for a “franchise” in London is bad or rather a horrible idea.  How is something like that feasible?  The travel time, the distance?  How does that make sense? How can it work? The answer is of course it would not work. It is a logistical nightmare.

What Benefits Fans? Robbed A Home Game

As a fan, I still haven’t heard an explanation of just how the current (NFL Game In London) format benefits today’s NFL franchise or it’s fans.  Let’s be frank, a game in London for an NFL team means that fans are robbed a home game.  The St. Louis Rams are playing a home game in London for the next three seasons.  The Ravens boast one of the better home field advantages in the NFL. I couldn’t imagine the idea of losing a home game for Ravens fans three consecutive years.  If I am a Rams fan I would be pretty disgusted about losing out to London. There are 8 regular season home games and that’s one of the things that fans look forward to during the year.  In fact, it is critical for teams to have the benefit of playing at home. With only seven, that is a disadvantage. 

Tapped Out in the US???

Owner Kraft went on to say, I think we’re starting to tap out in the United States.” Explaining that, “…for us to grow the game, we have to expand globally.”   No we don’t. The NFL is doing just fine in the US–not sure what or where this is coming from. Not sure how the most popular sport in America is “starting to tap out.”

The NFL is an American sport just like Soccer is a European sport. What fan base is there really in London?  The owners are out of touch on this issue.  There has even been talk of a Super Bowl in London. Thanks for thinking of the local economy.  If that were to occur you can bet that would put a rift between fans and the NFL.  The NFL/owners need to put games in London it to rest already.

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