NFL plans to host four games in London next season
The National Football League plans to host four regular-season games in London next year. Two games will be played at Wembley Stadium and two games at Tottenham, a new multi-sport stadium being built for Tottenham Hotspur of the Primer League. Yet, the NFL has not announced which teams would be traveling to London and has not set a date for games of the 2019 season.
“The games in the past few weeks have once again demonstrated the incredible passion of NFL fans in the U.K.,” NFL’s top international executive Mark Waller said in a statement. “The support of our stadium partners, the Mayor of London and the Minister for Sport gives us a great foundation for further development of the sport and the ability to give our fans even more NFL games in the coming years.”
During the current season, three games were hosted by the league in London in three straight weeks. The average attendance for three NFL games at Wembley was 85,031, according to The Guardian.
Waller said the league is considering adding a permanent NFL franchise in London. In the meantime, the league is trying to find solutions to challenges in international travels on a busy schedule for a potential London football team and seeking ways to acquire top players to a franchise in another country.
“I think the bigger issues with a London franchise are over attracting the top talent and how players manage families if they are coming over three or four weeks at a time,” Waller told the United Kingdom of Great Britain-based newspaper earlier this month. “But I am really comfortable that those things will get solved.”
Speculation has been growing in recent weeks that the U.K. capital may own a new franchise one day. Pro football executives set goals for international growth and expansion revenue. The NFL projected that the revenue will reach $14 billion this year and Commissioner Roger Goodell aims for $25 billion in revenue by 2027.
American football games have been played outside the United States each year since 2007.
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