A better gauge of England’s interest

Will a Chargers-Saints matchup be a better gauge for fan interest in England?

While last year’s International Series game featured the Dolphins and Giants — two teams from larger markets and with strong fan followings in England — this year’s game features two teams from smaller markets and less of a following overseas.

“It is important that we have smaller market teams playing this game,” NFL UK Managing Director Alistair Kirkwood said in a telephone interview with the Guardian. “If we went for the iconic teams each time then you wouldn’t quite know whether it was the novelty or the football in itself.” MORE

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