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London has strong potential for a future NFL franchise according to co-chairman of the San Francisco 49ers Jed York. 

With Wembley set to host two NFL games this Autumn, York sees great potential for a franchise in the capital as the sport continues to attract spectators in Britain. 

"Clearly the number of (London) fans has grown," York told Sky Sports News

"The media attention has grown and we've had no trouble selling out the tickets."

In 2007 the NFL agreed a deal that would see Wembley host an annual regular season game until at least 2016. 

After much success the league have now organised two games to take place at the famous London stadium, with both fixtures already sell outs, something that has delighted York. 

"This will be games number seven and eight and this will be the first time we will be playing two games (at Wembley) and all sold-out," said York.

"We've taken real steps with having the two games and I think that we will progress beyond that.

"I don't know there is any set timetable and there are complex issues with the logistics of travel, but we're trying to take care of those things as they come along and not go too fast.

"But I believe the potential is there to have a franchise in London," he added. 

The Niners are looking to bounce back from their Super Bowl defeat at the hands of Baltimore Ravens, when the season begins in September. 

The Ravens prevailed 34-31 after a thrilling game in New Orleans. 

The Californian side return to the UK to face Jacksonville Jaguars on October 27.

 

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