Mayor calls London 'natural home' for football outside U.S.
Are you ready for some more football in the U.K.?
They might be on the other side of the pond.
London Mayor Boris Johnson believes the NFL might be a good tenant for Olympic Stadium, which does not have a tenant after the Summer Games. According to the Associated Press, Johnson has spoken to the NFL about playing more games in London.
“Sunday's game at Wembley, in front of over 80,000 fans, further cements London's reputation as the natural home of American football outside of the United States," the mayor's office said in a statement, according to the AP report.
"Given the ever growing popularity of gridiron on this side of the Atlantic, the mayor and his team have held a number of meetings with senior executives in the last few days to explore further opportunities involving the NFL and London. The talks were exploratory. We are at an early stage, but the signs are encouraging."
The NFL has played six games in London all at Wembley Stadium, including Sunday’s meeting between the St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots. The NFL has a deal with Wembley Stadium through 2016 and the Jacksonville Jaguars are set to play a game there each season for the next four years.
It seems a little premature for the NFL to be taking over a stadium in London but there I no doubt about the fact the league and its 32 owners are interested in exploring global expansion and new revenue streams that would come with it.
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