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London could become home to NFL side

London could have their own NFL team (©GettyImages)
London could have their own NFL team (©GettyImages).

The commissioner of the NFL has revealed that he's open to moving a team to London full-time.

London has played host to at least one competitive fixture since 2007 but the coming season will see two matches at Wembley for the first time, both of which has sold out.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to play one of their 'home' games at Wembley in each of the next four years and the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, is eyeing a permanent move to London.

“Our thought is, it’s going to be London’s team,” Goodell said at an NYU hospitality conference in Midtown. “It’ll be the London Whatevers playing the New York Giants.

"The logistics we can work out because we only play once a week. We can deal with that. What we really want to understand is, can the market support a franchise long term there? The more we see, the more we like it.”

After the deal of playing at Wembley at least once in the next four years, the early rumours are that it would be the Jaguars moving to London in the future. With two games being played in the English capital this year, both sold out within minutes.

“The thing that’s amazing to us is, every time we give them more, they say to us, ‘Give us even more than that,’’’ Goodell told The Post. “The two games is incredibly successful.

"If we could do three, it would be incredibly successful. It’s clear to me there’s a strong fan base over there.”

Goodell refused to put a time-scale on how long it would be until he placed an actual franchise in London but he see's the idea as a realistic possibility.

“That’s what we’re working towards,” Goodell said when asked if he could see a permanent franchise in London. “If we continue the growth of these games, I do see this.”

Goodell also expressed the NFL's interest in added to the list of stadium able to host matches. Only Wembley is been talked about as a venue to host a NFL match but Goodell knows that matches could be played in a variety of stadiums across England.

"There are more stadium alternatives over there, post-Olympics, they’ve done a lot of good things with they call their ‘football’ stadiums.”

 

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