Back in 2012, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke at the NFL’s FanFest rally, and made it clear that he believes London should get an NFL team.
“You’re already hosting the premier league, and we believe we’re the premier sport in the world,” Kraft told thousands in attendance. “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.”
“As these things develop and there’s a permanent home team now, I’m sure they’ll develop a great following,” Kraft said, before broadening his thoughts to the league-wide level.
“Whatever we can do to cultivate playing football throughout the world … We’ve been discussing that the NFL, I don’t know if we’ve done as good a job as we could educating the rest of the world what a great game it is.”
On Thursday he talked about putting an NFL team in LA:
“In the end, we want young people here branded to a team,” Kraft said. “I know that Roger and I and a number of the owners who care about the long-term health of the NFL feel it’s very important for our future to have at least one — if not two teams — in downtown L.A.”
I personally think it would be great for the league if they expanded overseas, not only from a financial perspective, but looking at the league as a whole. Obviously the NFL is doing just fine, but think about how much better off they would be if they weren’t stuck solely in America.
It could be pretty damn awesome.