The NFL has been playing some regular season games in London since 2007 in an effort to grow the sport, but the British government is pushing for a more permanent arrangement.
George Osborne, the British treasury chief told the Evening Standard newspaper that the British government will do whatever it can to “make it happen.”
The NFL said in a statement that, “We warmly welcome the chancellor’s strong support for the possibility of an NFL team in London and look forward to welcoming him to a game at Wembley over the next few weeks.” Detroit and Atlanta will play each other this Sunday at Wembley and the Dallas Cowboys will face the Jacksonville Jaguars next month there as well.
Although there is a market for football in London since rugby is well received, the main issue is the players’ reaction to far location and travel issues. Right now, players can at least spend time with their immediate and extended family on their off days, but living in London will surely make this difficult.
Osborne said, “This is primarily a decision for the owners of the clubs and the NFL organization, but I’ve said to the NFL that anything the government can do to make this happen we will do, because I think it would be a huge boost to London.”
It seems like an interesting concept and looks like the British government is willing to help the NFL in any way that they can so British fans should keep their hopes up.
If you were an NFL player, what would your thoughts be on relocating to London?