It is hard to believe that the NFL has been playing games in London for nine years. Each season it seems like more and more regular season games are played in London and now the city wants to have their very own NFL team.
Just this past Sunday, the New York Jets took on the Miami Dolphins at Wembley and there are still two more regular season games for the NFL scheduled in London this year. The Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars will play on October 25th and one week later, the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs will face off.
So it is no surprise that British Chancellor George Osborn would love to have an official NFL team playing in the UK. London has a pretty big NFL fan base and it is getting bigger each year.
Osborne just recently said that he is hoping that London will get a team in the next four to five years. NFL’s executive vice president international, Mark Waller, is also on board with London getting their very own team. He announced his idea for it back in 2007, when the games first started in London. He said the NFL has always envisioned a team coming to London within 15 years. Well, half of that time is already over so it looks like London might just be getting closer to having a NFL team.
I am not really sure how I feel about London getting a team. I know there are a lot of NFL fans in London and I think it would be awesome for them to be able to have their own team to cheer on. But I am just not sure how it would work. A flight to London isn’t quick and I don’t see how teams can fly back and forth each week and not feel the impact of jetlag. I also don’t see big name players wanting to take the move to London. With that being said, a lot of football players would love to get the chance to play on any team. So London could have a football team, but probably not full of any football players THAT good.
I definitely think it is cool that some NFL regular season games are played in London because it gives NFL fans over there a chance to go to a game. I am just not sure London having a NFL team would work out.
What are your thoughts on a NFL team in London?