NFL to continue its London connections
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:10
The NFL will be sending a third game overseas next season as the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders will be playing games in London.
London, a city more synonymous with soccer, has already hosted a home game this season with Minnesota beating Pittsburgh 34-27. London will also play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 27 as they take on the 49ers.
Games played in London are held in the heralded Wembley Stadium, which held 83,518 people for the Vikings-Steelers game. The only team that has rivaled a turnout as large as Wembley’s is the Cowboys, who have averaged an attendance of 86,318 during the 2013 season.
The NFL had desire for an international team since about 2007, and London seems to be its best bet, as fans across the Atlantic appear to love the sport. Of course, this will all come at the cost of the domestic fan, which could be robbed of its current team.
The NFL also made another decision yesterday, as they can now compel teams to be on the HBO show “Hard Knocks.”
Any team that has made an appearance on the show in the last 10 years, has made the playoffs in the last two years, or hired a new head coach within the year is welcome to opt out of the show.
However, the new NFL regulations make being on the show out to be a punishment. The NFL executives are using a television circus as a deterrent for bad teams.
The NFL is making a lot of decisions on the future of the NFL, including the possibility of changing the name of the Washington Redskins. The NFL will meet with the Oneida Indian Nation in the coming weeks about the team’s name.