New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft believes that London is ready for an NFL team, and he said this while speaking at the NFL’s FanFest event a day before the Patriots game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The Patriots are not new visitors to the NFL’s now yearly game in London after destroying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-7 in London last year.
Robert Kraft said, “You’re already hosting the premier league, and we believe we’re the premier sport in the world. I think London has shown, with the way they’ve handled the Olympics and every other major sporting event, that it’s time for you to have your own NFL franchise, based in London.”
I think there’s a market in London, because those games are packed every year even if it’s a lopsided game like this one. A lot of that probably has to do with the fact that it’s just yearly event, but there are people in England who have a legitimate interest in the NFL.
Funny quote from Robert Kraft, “These people out here make us feel that this is a home game — New England is coming back to England.”
Of course this whole idea is nearly impossible, because there is no way the league is going to expand a team into London before it expands into a big American city like L.A. or even a city in Canada. And then, there’s the fact that expansion doesn’t make sense at this point, let alone to a place where it is impossible to travel. The once-a-year type thing seems enough at this point, especially when you look at all the cramming teams have to do to prepare for this kind of a trip. It sounds like a great idea, but it’s never going to happen.
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