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Old 10-30-2010, 12:14 AM   #1
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Goodell eyes expansion to London
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By The Associated Press

Saturday, October 30, 2010

LONDON — Football is in the land of futbol to stay — and with an even bigger presence if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has his way.

When the San Francisco 49ers take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Wembley Stadium, they'll be the latest teams to cross the Atlantic to do their part in helping the league grow its international fan base.

And despite the travel and disrupted schedules such a trip brings, the NFL is charging ahead with plans to increase the number of games it plays overseas.

Tomorrow marks the fourth regular-season game played in London, and Goodell said the success of the previous three sellouts has buoyed his hopes to succeed with his ultimate expansion goal: having a full-time franchise in London.

"Each year, the different barometers indicate that our popularity continues to rise," Goodell said Friday. "I think the next step will be multiple games (in Europe). And if that's successful, then I think the idea of a franchise here is realistic."

He just has to get the players and teams on board first, which may not be all that difficult. Like the teams that came before them, the 49ers and Broncos have only good things to say about their trans-Atlantic trip — focusing more on team-building than jet lag and time spent away from home.

"I've never been out of the country, so this is definitely a good experience and opportunity," 49ers cornerback Nate Clements said. "And I look to take advantage of this and make the most of it."

Of course, it's not exactly easy to bring the full NFL circus abroad. Traveling logistics are one of the biggest challenges, highlighted by the 49ers (1-6) and Broncos (2-5) choosing drastically different strategies for how to approach the matchup.

San Francisco arrived Monday and has spent the week in a five-star hotel in the countryside outside London, getting adjusted to the time difference and practicing on a field with the same wet and slippery conditions expected at Wembley. The Broncos, meanwhile, arrived yesterday.

"Everyone was kind of like walking zombies off of the flight," Broncos offensive lineman Chris Kuper said. "Once we catch up on sleep, we should be fine."

The 49ers have the added disadvantage of being the "home" team, meaning they get one fewer game to play in San Francisco. But with the city turning the spotlight on the Giants for the World Series, it's not a bad time for the struggling 49ers to explore new surroundings.

Goodell acknowledged it's "painful" for teams to give up a home game, and said that's one of the reasons the NFL is considering expanding its regular season to 18 games. That would let teams have eight home games even if they go abroad.

Sending teams so far to play in front of foreigners may seem extreme, but Goodell insists it's the best way to connect with international fans — especially because most of them never have a chance to play the sport themselves.

"That is one of our challenges," he said. "But I think that's where media and bringing our game to those markets meets those challenges. We've seen it here in this marketplace. We've seen it in Japan, Mexico and Canada."

Goodell would not give any hints about a timeline for putting a team in London — "other than as fast as is practical."

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Old 10-30-2010, 12:22 AM   #2
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I like the idea of going to other countries, it is the National Football League after all, not the American Football League. But I'd rather they put teams in Canada first... Plus a London team would totally screw up players sleep schedules and could cause more injuries.
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I like the idea of going to other countries, it is the National Football League after all, not the American Football League. But I'd rather they put teams in Canada first... Plus a London team would totally screw up players sleep schedules and could cause more injuries.
yes it is the national football league. not the international football league.
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I think it's hysterical that Goodell has completely given up on Los Angeles - basically because we won't buy any team that moves here a new stadium on the public dime - but he's willing to sink billions of the owners' dollars into this little adventure across the pond that will most definitely fail. Damn he is awful at what he does.
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i knew this was the reason behind the two additional games. every team will be playing at least one game out of the country. there will be an extra bye week added to the schedule and the two teams playing over there will get the bye the following week.
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Technically when you say "National" in America, it means Mexico, US, and Canada. But everyone has their own meaning for words.
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Technically when you say "National" in America, it means Mexico, US, and Canada. But everyone has their own meaning for words.
In baseball, maybe?

Technically, when you say "national" you're referring to whatever country you happen to be standing in as the words are coming out of your mouth.
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In baseball, maybe?

Technically, when you say "national" you're referring to whatever country you happen to be standing in as the words are coming out of your mouth.
Apparently "national" news channels, the National means Canada and United-states, and they actually have put it in certain online dictionaries. Also means mexico if someone living in mexico wants to watch something in english with spanish subtitles.
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