More NFL Games Scheduled For London, None For LA
As we approach another London weekend of American football (note the country designation, needed to keep from confusing it from soccer), Roger Goodell has doubled down and announced more games. There will be 4 games a year at Wembley Stadium through 2020. This makes Jacksonville Jaguar fans nervous as their owner, Shahid Khan, famously wanted a Premier League team, and could have an itchy trigger finger in terms of pulling off a deal to move the team to London. Heck, any place that could sell-out this weekend's game versus the Bills has to be considered as a lucrative home stadium.
— NESN (@NESN) October 22, 2015
Until then, the Jags are going to play one home game per year in London, so 7 more teams would need to play in London every year, and if the schedule were spread out equitably, that would mean a game in London for each team every 4-5 years. Another way to look at it is that rather than have a franchise in England (think: London Rippers), the NFL has created an aggregate team that plays four home games every season. And if they double the amount of games to 8, that would be a whole home season. Although if it gets to that point, watch the NFL schedule teams to play Wembley games on two consecutive weeks, or perhaps the weeks around their bye week (although the NFL Players Union likely blow a gasket over that).
Here's a video on the logistics of getting NFL teams up and running for a game in London:
So if there's a de facto team in London, what about Los Angeles? Next week the NFL will hold public meetings in three cities - Oakland, St. Louis and San Diego - about relocating to Los Angeles (or re-relocating as all 3 have called LA home at some point). The tickets to those meetings will first go to season ticket holders. Perhaps the best name for those meetings would be the Roger Goodell F-Bomb Tour, as no one is going to be in favor of sending their team to LA, nor will they be convinced it's a good idea. But make no mistake about it, one of you is moving (I'm thinking St. Louis).
— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) October 19, 2015
Hey, Los Angeles Jaguars, anyone?
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid.
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