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NFL franchise in London could actually happen

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NFL games in London have been a huge success for Roger Goodell and company.

Every game that has been scheduled at the 90,000 seater Wembley Stadium has been packed to the rafters, with the matches being sold out within hours of going on general sale.

And it seems that this success has not gone unnoticed by Goodell and the powers that be at the top of the NFL.

In a Q&A the commissioner did today on Twitter, using the hashtag #AskCommish, and was asked about when fans can expect a permanent franchise based in London.

Goodell's answer really wasn't expected, he replied "Don’t know but it’s becoming more realistic."

That may not sound like much but it is a huge leap for all NFL fans in Europe. The fact that it has just gone from mere discussion on the table to a realistic possibility will excite football fans in Europe immensely,almost as much as it will annoy the hell out of fans Stateside.

The NFL returns to London again this year, with the three games (up from 2 in 2013) all sold out. The Oakland Raiders play host to the Miami Dolphins, the Atlanta Falcons face off against the Detroit Lions in Week 8, and week 10 sees the Dallas Cowboys go up against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

If any team was to be the team to move it would undoubtedly be the Jags. They have a deal to play a game at Wembley every season through to 2016. On top of this, their owner Shahid Khan recently purchased Fulham FC, who are based in West London.

The lowest attendance ever at an NFL game was 76,981 in 2009 between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is still still 17,000 more people than the Jags averaged all season in Jacksonville, which gives Goodell plenty to think about when he considers what step to take with the team.

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