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Top 5: NFL Franchises that could flourish in London (1)

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Wembley stadium is set to host three regular season NFL games in 2014, with each of them set to be sold out, the demand for 'Americas game' is higher than ever.

Since its conception in 2007, the 'NFL International Series', has been an undoubted success. Every game (apart from one in 2011) has drawn over 80,000 fans to the capital.

A host of teams have expressed an interest in playing across the pond, due to the commercial benefits of brand exposure on a different market, and the Jaguars have secured themselves a place at Wembley for the next three years.

Has the time finally come that the UK gets it's own NFL franchise?

The commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, has revealed that London is further down the road to securing its own franchise.

Before this season's Super Bowl he revealed that due to the sell-outs at Wembley, the NFL is prepared to invest more aggressively in the British market.

He said: "I believe that the response to the third game in the UK, and the way that the fans have embraced that and sold it out in such a short period of time, is just another sign that the more we give the fans there, the more they want.

That’s a great tribute to their passion.

"There are a whole host of complications if a franchise does decide to uproot and make London their permanent home, however, that's a debate for a different day.

But what if a franchise did take the risk and move over here? Well they would have a tremendous home field advantage every week, and the commercial benefits would surely be astronomical.

So who is likely to take the chance? The Premier League is already scattered with owners who have stakes in both American Football franchise and English football clubs, is it possible that one of these owners will decide to move their franchise across?

Or will a surprise franchise make the move across the Atlantic?

Time will only tell, but for now it's fun to speculate, and analyse which franchise is most likely to come to London on a fixed basis...

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