Posted October 26, 2013

Roger Goodell says he wants an NFL team in both London and Los Angeles

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Wembley Stadium will host

Wembley Stadium will host its eighth NFL game when the 49ers and Jaguars take the field on Sunday. (Getty Images)

Asked about moving an NFL team to either London or Los Angeles at a forum for European NFL fans on Saturday, Commissioner Roger Goodell offered a simple answer: “I want both.”

Goodell added that “it doesn’t matter” which one happens first, according to ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson.

The San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars will play their Week 8 game at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday — the second NFL game played in the city this season and the eighth in league history dating back to 2007.

The league has not had a team in L.A. since the Rams and Raiders relocated in 1995 after 49 and 23 years there, respectively.

From ESPN.com:

If the NFL puts a team in London, it would be the only American professional sports league to have a team based in Europe.

There has been talk that there could perhaps be a Super Bowl held in London. However, Goodell said Saturday that will likely only happen if there is a franchise in London because the Super Bowl is played in cities where the NFL has teams based.

Goodell is a huge proponent of playing in London. There will be two regular-season games played in London this season and three in 2014. The games are wildly popular and have been sellouts.

“You are proving you are worthy of a franchise,” Goodell told the European fans.

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12 comments
Fifilo
Fifilo

The product is already too watered down, there are too many teams as it is.

ColbyA
ColbyA

"Proving you are worthy." Arrogant prick.

Rick28
Rick28

I just don't see the feasibility of placing a team in London. Heck, the three hour time zone travel is hard enough on players!

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GaryE1
GaryE1

we want the NFL back from goodell

riley8
riley8

(1)Fly a plane over London.  (2)Throw Goddell out without a chute.  

WCJohnson2
WCJohnson2

I would go LA then Toronto before going over seas.

2001mark
2001mark

Rams & Jags.  But NFL will wait another 30yrs before that happens... tell us more how you want LA to have a team.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Let the Jags play half their home games in LA and the other half in London. Presto, three problems solved.

MattHaynes
MattHaynes

Want in 1 hand, sh*t in the other, see which gets filled first.  NFL in Europe has failed time and time again.  Would rather see more US cities get consideration over Europe.