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Owner of the Atlanta Falcons Arthur Blank has spoken out about the NFL's International Series claiming that expanding to three games this upcoming season is just the beginning.

Blank said: The games in London, I think are a tribute to the NFL, a tribute to the fans there, the quality of the game.

"I think that it's proved conclusive that fans will come out when they see the real players playing games that are really meaningful."

Blank is the next in a long line of people who feel that the International series is a good idea and its hard to argue.

The three upcoming games in London next season practically sold out instantly despite, perhaps a diminished appeal in terms of teams and the games themselves.

The three games in 2014 will include the Oakland Raiders taking on the Miami Dolphins, Blank's Atlanta Falcons 'hosting' the Detroit Lions and the London regular Jacksonville Jaguars taking on the Dallas Cowboys.

Three matches that quite frankly offer very little in terms of the big teams, and not many people are expecting them to affect the outcome of the play-off picture.

There may not be an appearance from Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson or even this years #1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney at Wembley but the games sold out none the less.

Is it because the British fans are used to the bigger teams not wanting to join the International Series? 

Or is it because we get three games a year and we are grateful for what we get.

Blank has highlighted the positives of the International Series, but he also went on to say: "That will be translated into a very successful series of games, and eventually, I think a franchise. And maybe more than one. London's a big city."

Therein lies the problem, its no secret that the idea of a London based franchise is on the minds of many in the NFL and also many officials in London.

Now why it is very possible that one day there will be a London based franchise in the NFL, Blank hints at multiple?

I personally take a slightly sceptical look at one franchise being here in the fact that it will explode at first, but should the top players elect not to move to England, or the team not do so well I think the attendances could soon drop.

Should the attendances drop at the franchise, people will start to panic, who knows how that could end?

But what if there were two franchises?

Two games possibly being played at the same time on 16 weekends, now that would be a true test of the British based fans.

Two or more London based franchises could in fact be detrimental to the progression of the NFL overseas in my opinion.

So maybe one franchise could work and I hope one day it happens but if they were to expand and go with more than one too soon, it destroy all the progress made already.

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