I'd love to have a chance to see the Ravens in London, as long as it's not a home game.
And has Goodell actually said he wants a franchise there? Or is he really testing the market? I don't think a team in London is desirable. And I think he knows that. But rekindle NFL Europe and make it a true developmental league? I can see that.
The biggest problem with expanding the NFL outside of North America is creating a fan base. The NFL would be competing with sports that everyone plays as a kid that require no complex equipment & have no complex rules (soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, motor racing, ice hockey in the colder climes) as well as more complex ones that are played by kids because they are deeply rooted in the particular culture (cricket in the Commonwealth, rugby for them plus the Celts, hurling in Ireland, etc.). US-based complex sports like baseball have really only been successfully spread via expats, commerce & occupation (Latin America, Japan, Korea); football only put down roots in Canada, but even there the rules were significantly altered.
Which is a long-winded way of saying that the NFL is only going to succeed in Europe when & if there are fathers who played (something like) the sport as kids teaching their kids to play & watching the games with them. That's at least a generation away.
IMO, if the NFL wants to expand its demographic reach, it should concentrate on Hispanics first in the US and then Mexico & Central America. If it can't sell the game to them, it's got no chance across the Pond.
Nothing against our allies as being a military man I've dealt with them on many a deployment. But I can't stand the whole games over there and couldn't explain how furious I'd be if we lost a home game by playing there. Sorry just a dumb idea overall.
maybe--maybe--a preseason game every year, but definitely not a 'real' game.
a London franchise? absolutely not.
if NFL Europe didn't make it (it's been tried twice I think) no good trying a single franchise. imagine how the good folks in San Antonio or LA would feel since they can't get a team. and which market will they take the team from? Jacksonville? here come the lawsuits.
I would like to see the Ravens have a London "home" game just to see the absolute melt down it would cause here.:girlfight
Meh ... if the Ravens were to play in London, I'd probably use that as an excuse to hop over the Pond for a week's vacation -- two weeks if followed by the bye. While greedy me would prefer that it were a road game to get 9 games in a season, I wouldn't miss anything because I'd still be attending 8 games in a season - not counting any domestic road trips. If the Ravens were to not play there, its no BFD - I can travel to the UK anytime I wanted, although there are still many places in Europe I haven't yet seen which would take precedence.
I think that the concern about logistics is baloney and fears of players not wanting to play there are just bullshit. Similar concerns when the NFL added SF and LA, which wound up being non-issues despite the media and fans' hysteria.
Instead of a London franchise, I'd rather see the 17 game season implemented with one rotating neutral turf game - London could receive a handful few of the neutral site games. But if a London franchise were awarded, the NFL may be better off because of the wealth of adding British large audiences to TV viewershp. Sky TV or whatever y'all Limeys use to watch NFL today would be dwarfed by a home-team supported by millions of Brits. And, we Americans who think that Brits would not support American "gridiron" football because soccer is so popular there underestimate British sports enthusiasm.
The following quote from up above hits the nail on the head:
Like many other Brits, I don't think a London team would be a good idea, nor do I think it would be financially viable. I do like the regular season games (2 this year), especially because fans from all teams attend and its a great atmosphere. If this is increased to 8 games, I don't think you see the crowds you're about to see on Sunday. But I would absolutely love to see the Ravens come over.
Having said that, the UK does have a nationwide amateur league, as well as university leagues. The NFL should invest in growing these leagues, and improving the skill level in this country by recruiting young athletes from rugby. If the domestic scene grows, I'm pretty sure interest in the NFL would too