Yeah, it’s a shout-out to The Clash, but London very well might be calling to the NFL. Or the NFL calling to London. Either way, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated Tuesday his outlook for the league in England’s capital.
We heard from Goodell on a number of topics Tuesday — including his thoughts on expanding the regular season — but on the London front, the commissioner called it “realistic” to believe a team could be overseas within 10 years. Multiple games in London could start as early as next season.
“We have been thrilled by the reaction of our fans in the U.K. through our regular-season series,” Goodell said during a live chat on NFL.com. “In fact, we are considering expanding the series to more than one game in a season as early as next year. All of our U.K. fans continue to impress us with your knowledge and enthusiasm to the point that it is realistic that you could have a franchise sometime in the next 10 years.”
Goodell covered the same topic during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show, citing the positive response in ratings and attendence.
“I think it’s very possible. This will be our third year in a row we’ve played a regular-season game in London,” Goodell said. “The reaction has continued to grow over there, not only in attendence but also in our ratings over there and other buisiness barometers.”
The NFL has played four international regular-season games, two in London. The inaugural game in England, between the Giants and Dolphins in Week 8 of the 2007 season, drew a paid attendence of 81,176. Last season’s game between the Saints and Chargers, also in Week 8, drew 83,226.